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.
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"Tarkovsky told me that he always sees Seven Samurai before shooting his new films. This is to say that I always see his Andrei Rublev before shooting."
Akira Kurosawa from his book a "Dream is a Genius".
"Find hungry Samurai. Even bears come down from the mountains when they're hungry." The size of this movie is second only to its characters -which teater opulently between character and characterization. An archetypal action-packed ride through the ties that bind. "This is the nature of war: by protecting others, you save yourself." Although I love this movie, I am glad Kurosawa did not continue down this path...
Loved it, a true classic film. The storytelling is very straightforward; no over-the-top stylistic visuals that could have detracted from the story. What made this film great was the story, pure and simple. While some things, like visual and acting style, can change and evolve drastically over time, the ability to be entertained by a good story is timeless.
Kurosawa's Japanese western with samurais. Of all of the Western penetration into Kurosawa's style this one bothered me the most. The familiar theme of heroism and the noble samurai dominate the work, but is watered down relative to his great works and stylistically there is little interesting.The adventure is full of humanity and is engaging throughout, but ultimately lacks depth.