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15,846 Ratings

Seven Samurai

Shichinin no samurai

Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Japan, 1954
Drama, Action, Adventure
  • Japanese
  • English, French


A sixteenth century farming village requests protection from the seven samurai against a horde of bandits who have warned they will return when the crops are ripe. A gripping three hour ride that inspired the Hollywood remake, The Magnificent Seven.

Our take

An iconic classic, and perhaps a prototype of the modern blockbuster: with stylish set pieces and action sequences epic in scale, an intricate narrative that demands repeat viewings, and a compelling central relationship between its samurai and the villagers they are assigned to protect.

Seven Samurai Directed by Akira Kurosawa

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1954 | Winner: Silver Lion

Academy Awards

1957 | 2 nominations including: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White

BAFTA Awards

1956 | 3 nominations including: Best Film from any Source

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1956 | 2nd place: Best Foreign Language Film

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