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Seven Samurai

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Parental guidance is recommended for younger viewers.

NOTE: Contains Violence

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"A True Masterpiece"
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Although originally filmed in 1954, it easily holds its own against more modern movies; surpassing a great many. Having recently re-watched it, I can honestly say that this is a movie everyone should watch at least once in their life. It is brilliantly filmed, the characters are rich and endearing, and the story engrossing. Many older films show their age, seeming trite and almost quaint- if not downright cringe-worthy in comparison to modern films. This is definately NOT the case with Seven Samurai. Technically it stands up against many modern movies. In short – I love this movie. And it is well worth checking out.

Description

The Mighty Warriors Who Became the Seven National Heroes of a Small Town

A veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times, answers a village's request for protection from bandits. He gathers 6 other samurai to help him, and they teach the townspeople how to defend themselves, and they supply the samurai with three small meals a day. The film culminates in a giant battle when 40 bandits attack the village

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  • Exclusive Introduction From David Stratton From The Movieshow (sbs Tv)
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  • Director And Cast Bios

Review

"Hailed as the greatest film in the history of Japanese cinema, Seven Samurai is director Akira Kurosawa's undisputed masterpiece. Arguably the greatest of all jidai-gecki (or historical swordplay films), Kurosawa's classic 1954 action drama has never been surpassed in terms of sheer power of emotion, kinetic energy, and dynamic character development. The story is set during the civil unrest of 16th-century Japan, as the cowering residents of a small farming village are seeking protection against seasonal attacks by a band of marauding bandits. Offering mere handfuls of rice as payment, they hire seven unemployed "ronin" (masterless samurai), including a boastful swordsman (Toshiro Mifune) who is actually a peasant farmer's son, desperately seeking glory, acceptance, and revenge against those who destroyed his family. Led by the calmly strategic Kambei (Takashi Shimura, star of Kurosawa's previous classic, Ikiru), the samurai form mutual bonds of honor and respect, but remain distant from the villagers, knowing that their assignment may prove to be fatal.
Kurosawa masterfully composed his shots to emphasize these group dynamics, and Seven Samurai is a textbook study of the director's signature techniques, including extensive use of telephoto lenses to compress action, delineate character relationships, and intensify motion. While the climactic battle against raiding thieves remains one of the most breathtaking sequences ever filmed, Seven Samurai is most triumphant as a peerless example of character development, requiring all of its 2-hour, 37-minute running time to illuminate every essential detail of villagers and samurai alike, including an abundance of humor as Kambei's defense plan unfolds. In terms of its overall impact, Seven Samurai spawned dozens of copycat films (notably the American Western remake The Magnificent Seven) and cannot be adequately summarized by even the most comprehensive synopsis; it must be seen to be fully appreciated.." --Jeff Shannon

Release date NZ
January 1st, 2002
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Brand
Director
Language
Japanese
Length (Minutes)
207
Studio
Subtitles
English
Country of Production
  • Japan
Genres
  • Action
  • Adventure
Box Dimensions (mm)
135x190x14
UPC
9322225019904
Product ID
1462376

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