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Seven Samurai (1954)

Shichinin no samurai (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 19 November 1956 (USA)
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.


Akira Kurosawa


Akira Kurosawa (screenplay by), Shinobu Hashimoto (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Top Rated Movies #19 | Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshirô Mifune ... Kikuchiyo (as Toshiro Mifune)
Takashi Shimura ... Kambei Shimada
Keiko Tsushima ... Shino
Yukiko Shimazaki Yukiko Shimazaki ... Wife (as Yukio Shimazaki)
Kamatari Fujiwara ... Farmer Manzo
Daisuke Katô ... Shichiroji
Isao Kimura Isao Kimura ... Katsushiro (as Ko Kimura)
Minoru Chiaki ... Heihachi
Seiji Miyaguchi ... Kyuzo
Yoshio Kosugi Yoshio Kosugi ... Farmer Mosuke
Bokuzen Hidari ... Farmer Yohei
Yoshio Inaba Yoshio Inaba ... Gorobei Katayama
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Farmer Rikichi
Kokuten Kôdô ... Old Man Gisaku (as Kuninori Todo)
Eijirô Tôno ... Thief


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Did You Know?


Takashi Shimura was reportedly a descendent of samurai. See more »


The dead bandit blinks twice when Kikuchiyo takes his forehead protector. See more »


[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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Alternate Versions

The film's original Japanese release version runs 207 minutes, plus intermission, which includes 4 minutes of entr'acte music against a blank screen. This is the version that has been generally shown worldwide since the 1980s, though sometimes it is shown without the intermission and entr'acte, resulting in a listed running time of 203 minutes. The initial U.S.A. release was re-titled 'The Magnificent Seven' and released November, 1956, with English subtitles, and ran 158 minutes. Some European releases were even further shortened to 141 minutes. Landmark Films re-released the film in the U.S. in December 1982, the first time outside Japan the film saw a major release with its running time intact (although the intermission and entr'acte were removed). Later U.S.A. releases by Avco-Embassy Pictures, Janus Films, and Films Incorporated, and by BFI in the UK, are also the full original version of the film. See more »


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Shichinin no samurai: Simply outstanding
17 August 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

I've been on a Toho binge for a while now and for the most part the films have been enjoyable, especially those by Kurosawa.

The earlier films were dark, bleak and unsettling viewing and therefore going into Seven Samurai I was of two minds. First I expected more of the same, in both quality and tone but then on the flipside at time of writing this is ranked as the 19th highest rated movie on IMDB which is incredible.

My expectations were that it would be good, but that's about it. Seeing Takashi Shimura in the credits also confirmed my logic that this was going to at least be an entertaining three and a half hours.

I was mistaken, Seven Samurai is not good............it's outstanding.

Wonderfully crafted, perfectly scored, incredibly choreographed, well acted and beautifully written this is well deserving of it's high place and I would consider it nothing short of a masterpiece.

If you check out my IMDB rating distribution it's very clear to see that getting anything higher than an eight is a rarity, this deserves it on so many levels.

I didn't expect this level of quality further as generally I don't tend to agree with titles in the IMDB top 250, this however I do I thoroughly unconditionally agree.

A masterpiece and essential viewing, I don't even need to give the premise of the movie in this review and must simply stress that this is film making mastery at its finest.

The Good:

Takashi Shimura

Very well shot for its time

Perfectly crafted

The Bad:

Nothing springs to mind

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Akira Kurosawas should be a household name, not Bruckheimer or Bay!

I'll put money down now that none of the remakes or movies heavily influenced by Seven Samurai comes close in quality

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Release Date:

19 November 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Magnificent Seven See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office


JPY125,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,942, 28 July 2002

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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo (re-release prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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