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.
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.
10/10. In brief, a masterpiece.
I had the opportunity to see this in 35mm when in screened at the Metrograph, and I was enthralled from the moment the drums started beating over the opening credits.
Very glad I saw this again--it's a much more profound anti-war statement than I remembered.
Kurosawa always moves the camera exactly where it needs to be to perfectly capture emotional moments that never feel forced.
This is the greatest film ever made and my favorite film of all time. I've seen it 30+ times but should really be seen on the big screen. I wish I saw this at the theater first instead of 1AM on Saturday night on Channel 13.
I always found the charm of Kurosawa films lies in its almost universalistic qualities. Much of his filmography has served almost as a template to what makes a successful film both commercially and critically. Seven Samurai is an obvious key example of this.
A beautiful protrayal of what it is to be a samurai, that means, a man of honor, heroism, and loyalty. At the same time, the film portrays these dead qualities (in a time when people tend to believe they still existed) as something that is no longer needed in the world, until anti-values appear, killing everything in their path. Not only is this a great adventure, but also a wonderful life lesson.
re-watch. 16mm. Sure didn't feel like 3.5 hours. Such enticing character development and interludes of humor. The last twenty five minutes of the film- the last battle, and ensuing song and paddy dance- were gut wrenching.
Watched the original long version for the first time (until now I knew only the version with approximately 155 minutes). Regarding the narrative structure (and of course the stronger accentuated humorous passages) it is a totally different film.