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Seven Samurai (1954)
"Shichinin no samurai" (original title)

 -  Action | Drama  -  19 November 1956 (USA)
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A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kikuchiyo (as Toshiro Mifune)
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Keiko Tsushima ...
Yukiko Shimazaki ...
Wife (as Yukio Shimazaki)
Kamatari Fujiwara ...
Farmer Manzo
Daisuke Katô ...
Shichiroji (as Daisake Kato)
Isao Kimura ...
Katsushiro (as Ko Kimura)
Minoru Chiaki ...
Heihachi
Seiji Miyaguchi ...
Yoshio Kosugi ...
Farmer Mosuke
Bokuzen Hidari ...
Farmer Yohei
Yoshio Inaba ...
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Farmer Rikichi
Kuninori Kôdô ...
Old Man Gisaku
Eijirô Tôno ...
Thief (as Eijiro Tono)
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Storyline

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. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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samurai | bandit | farmer | battle | rice | See more »

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Action | Drama

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19 November 1956 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,830 (USA) (30 August 2002)

Gross:

$269,061 (USA) (29 August 2003)
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Trivia

This was the first film on which Akira Kurosawa used multiple cameras, so he wouldn't interrupt the flow of the scenes and could edit the film together as he pleased in post-production. He used the multiple camera set-up on every subsequent film. See more »

Goofs

When samurai or bandits are shot with muskets, the bullet strikes before the sound of the distant gunshot is heard. This is technically correct, due to the difference between the speeds of light and sound, and it is a feature of other Akira Kurosawa films, such as Kagemusha, although it gives the false impression that people are being shot before the guns are discharged. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bandit second-in-command: We'll take this place next.
Bandit Chief: We took it last autumn. They haven't got anything worth taking yet. Let's wait.
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Story-Telling At Its Finest
28 November 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Story-telling at its finest, "Seven Samurai" is a terrific film not because of a handful of memorable scenes or lines, but rather because scene-by-scene, frame-by-frame, it tells an interesting story as well as it is possible to tell it. The story and characters are developed carefully, and everything about the movie, from the settings and props to the musical score, is done carefully and expertly.

Mifune grabs the attention in most of his scenes, and Shimura's more restrained character is a nice balance. Those two have the best parts, but all seven of the samurai are memorable characters. The sequence of events that collects the seven together occupies the first part of the movie, and forms a perfect foundation for the rest. A few of the villagers are also portrayed nicely, although they are naturally overshadowed when the samurai are around.

The story always moves along nicely, with many ups and downs. It has enough unpredictability to keep you interested the whole time, without ever losing its credibility. There is plenty of action, but there is also substance behind the action to give it more significance. The only possible drawback is the long running time (you can always split it up into two installments, but it's more satisfying if you can watch the whole story through at once), but there is little that you could cut out, even if you wanted to. It holds your attention the entire time with a good story and great technique, not by resorting to sensational or sordid details.

This movie well deserves its reputation for excellence, and is one that everyone who appreciates classic cinema will want to see and enjoy.


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