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Director:
Writers:
Akira Kurosawa (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
19 November 1956 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Will Take Its Place With the Seven Greatest Films of All Time! See more »
Plot:
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Solid Gold See more (552 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Toshirô Mifune ... Kikuchiyo (as Toshiro Mifune)

Takashi Shimura ... Kambei Shimada
Keiko Tsushima ... Shino
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 ... Kyuzo
Yoshio Kosugi ... Farmer Mosuke
Bokuzen Hidari ... Farmer Yohei
Yoshio Inaba ... Gorobei Katayama
Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Farmer Rikichi
Kokuten Kôdô ... Old Man Gisaku (as Kuninori Todo)
Eijirô Tôno ... Thief (as Eijiro Tono)
Kichijirô Ueda ... Bandit Scout (as Ueda Kichijiro)
Jun Tatara ... Coolie A
Atsushi Watanabe ... Bun Seller
Toranosuke Ogawa ... Grandfather of Kidnapped Girl
Isao Yamagata ... Samurai
Sôjin Kamiyama ... Blind Player
Gen Shimizu ... Samurai Who Kicks Farmers (as Hajime Shimizu)
Keiji Sakakida ... Gosaku
Shinpei Takagi ... Bandit Chieftain (as Shimpei Takagi)
Shin Ôtomo ... Bandit Second-in-Command
Toshio Takahara ... Samurai with Gun
Hiroshi Sugi ... Tea Shop Owner
Hiroshi Hayashi ... Weak Ronin
Sachio Sakai ... 2nd Coolie
Sôkichi Maki ... Strong-Looking Samurai
Ichirô Chiba ... Buddhist Priest
Noriko Sengoku ... Wife of Gono Family
Noriko Honma ... Woman Farmer
Masanobu Ôkubo ... Samurai
Etsurô Saijô ... Bandit
Minoru Itô ... Samurai
Haruya Sakamoto ... Samurai
Kyorô Sakurai ... Samurai
Hideo Shibuya ... Bandit
Kiyoshi Kamoda ... Samurai
Senkichi Ômura ... Bandit Who Escapes
Takashi Narita ... Bandit Who Escapes
Shôichi Hirose ... Bandit
Kôji Uno ... Bandit
Masaaki Tachibana ... Bandit
Kamayuki Tsubono ... Bandit
Taiji Naka ... Bandit
Chindanji Miyagawa ... Bandit
Shigemi Sunagawa ... Bandit
Akira Tani ... Bandit
Akio Kusama ... Bandit
Ryûtarô Amami ... Bandit
Jun Mikami ... Bandit

Haruo Nakajima ... Bandit
Sanpei Mine ... Farmer
Masahide Matsushita ... Samurai
Kaneo Ikeda ... Samurai
Takuzô Kumagaya ... Gisaku's Son (as Jirô Kumagaya)
Ippei Kawagoe ... Farmer
Jirô Suzukawa ... Farmer
Junpei Natsuki ... Farmer
Kyôichi Kamiyama ... Farmer
Haruo Suzuki ... Farmer
Gorô Amano ... Farmer
Hikaru Kitchôji ... Farmer
Kôji Iwamoto ... Farmer
Hiroshi Akitsu ... Gono Husband
Akira Yamada ... Farmer
Kazuo Imai ... Farmer
Eisuke Nakanishi ... Farmer
Toku Ihara ... Farmer
Hideo Ôtsuka ... Farmer
Shû Ôe ... Farmer
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi ... Farmer in Front of Gono
Yasuo Ônishi ... Farmer
Tsuneo Katagiri ... Farmer in Front of Gono
Megeru Shimoda ... Farmer
Masayoshi Kawabe ... Farmer
Shigeo Katô ... Farmer
Yoshikazu Kawamata ... Farmer
Takeshi Seki ... 3rd Coolie
Haruko Toyama ... Gisaku's Daughter-in-Law
Tsuruko Mano ... Woman Farmer in Front of Gono
Matsue Ono ... Woman Farmer
Tazue Ichimanji ... Woman Farmer (as Tazue Ichimanji)
Masako Ôshiro ... Woman Farmer
Kyôko Ozawa ... Woman Farmer
Michiko Kadono ... Farmer's Wife
Toshiko Nakano ... Farmer's Wife
Shizuko Azuma ... Farmer's Wife
Keiko Mori ... Farmer's Wife
Michiko Kawabe ... Farmer's Wife
Yûko Togawa ... Farmer's Wife
Yayoko Kitano ... Farmer's Wife
Misao Suyama ... Woman Farmer
Toriko Takahara ... Woman Farmer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takeshi Katô ... Samurai Wandering Through Town (uncredited)

Tatsuya Nakadai ... Samurai Wandering Through Town (uncredited)
Ken Utsui ... Samurai Wandering Through Town (uncredited)
Ren Yamamoto ... Farmer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Akira Kurosawa 
 
Writing credits
Akira Kurosawa (screenplay) &
Shinobu Hashimoto (screenplay) &
Hideo Oguni (screenplay)

Produced by
Sôjirô Motoki .... producer (as Sojiro Motoki)
 
Original Music by
Fumio Hayasaka (music)
 
Cinematography by
Asakazu Nakai (photography) (as Asaichi Nakai)
 
Film Editing by
Akira Kurosawa 
 
Production Design by
Takashi Matsuyama 
 
Art Direction by
Sô Matsuyama (art direction) (as So Matsuyama)
 
Costume Design by
Kôhei Ezaki 
Mieko Yamaguchi 
 
Makeup Department
Midori Nakajo .... hair stylist
Junjirô Yamada .... hair
Junjirô Yamada .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Hiroshi Nezu .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sakae Hirosawa .... assistant director
Hiromichi Horikawa .... assistant director
Toshi Kaneko .... assistant director
Masaya Shimizu .... assistant director
Yasuyoshi Tajitsu .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Kôhei Ezaki .... art consultant
Kôichi Hamamura .... property master
Yoshirô Muraki .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Ichirô Minawa .... sound effects editor
Masanao Uehara .... sound assistant
Fumio Yanoguchi .... recording
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Masao Fukuda .... still photographer
Mitsuo Kaneko .... assistant lighting technician
Shigeru Mori .... lighting
Takao Saitô .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Hiroshi Nezu .... editing manager
 
Music Department
Masaru Satô .... assistant to composer
 
Other crew
Shigeru Endo .... archery
Kôhei Ezaki .... folklore researcher (as Kohei Ezaki)
Yuji Hamada .... accountant
Ienori Kaneko .... archery
Toshio Nakane .... acting office
Teruyo Nogami .... script supervisor
Takeharu Shimada .... production assistant
Yoshio Sugino .... fencing
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Shichinin no samurai" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
207 min | 160 min (international version) | Argentina:163 min | Sweden:202 min (2002 re-release) | UK:150 min (original version) | UK:190 min (1991 re-release) | USA:158 min (original version) (cut) | USA:203 min (re-release) | USA:207 min (restored version) | Spain:202 min (DVD edition)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono | Stereo (re-release prints)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Australia:M (VHS version) | Brazil:10 | Canada:PG | Canada:G (Quebec) | Czech Republic:U | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | South Korea:15 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 (original rating) | Sweden:11 (re-rating) (2002) | Switzerland:14 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1991) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
In recent decades, 'Yasujirô Ozu's' Tokyo Story (1953) and Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (1954) have consistently polled as the two greatest Japanese films ever made in both Japanese and foreign movie lists. However, the two master directors had radically different styles and approaches, were employed (for the most part) by different studios, and thus worked with totally different crews. In fact, the only person associated with both films is the prolific character actor Eijirô Tôno, who played both Numata, a drinking buddy of the elderly protagonist, in Tokyo Story, and the desperate kidnapper whom Kambei confronts in Seven Samurai.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the closing moments of the final battle, the bandits fire two musket shots only seconds apart. It is clear from the plot that at that point they possess only one musket. The black powder muskets of the age required much more time to reload. This error was pointed out in the commentary of the deluxe DVD edition.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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FAQ

Is 'Seven Samurai' based on a book?
Who is the best Samurai?
Why don't the Bandits just leave them alone? The village was clearly well defended and armed.
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171 out of 193 people found the following review useful.
Solid Gold, 8 January 2003
Author: OttoVonB from Switzerland

I discovered 16 of Kurosawa's best known films before returning to the one which is commonly thought of as his masterpiece. Seven Samurai is unlike any other grand classic ever produced. It's basic plot can be summed up in a single easy sentence, yet its refinement and execution rival any movie you've ever seen.

The premise: in chaotic 16th century Japan, as marauders threaten raid villages, one village hires samurai to defend it from a group of bandits. Yet Kurosawa (also co-writer) developed these characters in a way unheard of for what might pass as an epic action film. To its astonishing credit, through all of its 207 minutes running time, Seven Samurai never falters or bores. And if the script is a marvel in itself, the acting and production design than derive from it are nothing short of superlative. It is said that Kurosawa forced the villagers (from supporting role to mere extra) to live together as a community during production and be their characters, each and every one of which he had drawn out specifically. This unusual technique gave Seven Samurai a feel of authenticity unparalleled in film history.

The samurai themselves are so richly given life to in the screenplay that little more would have been needed to make them memorable characters, yet the main cast pay off at every turn, and though every one of the seven main actors give in perfect performances (never as I had feared before watching it do you confuse them, even in the chaotic battle scenes), two immortal roles have a particularly resounding effect: Takashi Shimura (Kambei Shimada), who plays the leader of the ragged band of samurai, gives his sage and venerable warrior a god-like intensity that makes the magnetic charisma of his character unquestionable. One of the easiest leaders to root for in all the history of film-making. Stealing the show however, albeit by a very thin margin, is longtime Kurosawa favorite coworker Toshiro Mifune (Kikuchiyo) as the rogue seventh, the black sheep of the herd, giving the bravura ultimate performance of a lifetime paved throughout with great roles.

The story follows them and the villagers, equally nuanced and developed, through their encounter, training, eventual bonding and the big inevitable fight for survival. Unlike subsequent very successful remakes (i.e. Magnificent Seven), seven Samurai transcended excellency by having many layers (nothing or no one is white or black: everything exists in shades of gray) and thus being very real and human. Even without the menace, its interpersonal dynamics would have made it perfect human drama, subtle, balancing comedy, intensity, realism, drama and a deep philosophy with astonishing ease, yet the menace does materialize and thus Seven Samurai unleashes its violence in a series of action scenes crafted with such vision and ingenuity as has ever reached an action film (the frenetic battle scenes at the end rather evoke Saving Private Ryan in their relentlessness).

In the end, what made this into solid gold was, at the core, Akira Kurosawa, who would, despite directing many further masterpieces (Throne of Blood, Yojimbo, Red Beard, Dersu Uzala, Kagemusha, Ran), would never top this one. Throughout his life, Kurosawa kept confirming his status as perhaps the greatest director ever. If so, Seven Samurai is the ultimate proof of that truth. One of the very best films ever made and personal all-time favorite.

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