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Seven Samurai (1954)

Shichinin no samurai (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, 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.

Director:

Akira Kurosawa

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Akira Kurosawa (screenplay), Shinobu Hashimoto (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshirô Mifune ... Kikuchiyo (as Toshiro Mifune)
Takashi Shimura ... Kambei Shimada
Keiko Tsushima Keiko Tsushima ... Shino
Yukiko Shimazaki Yukiko Shimazaki ... Wife (as Yukio Shimazaki)
Kamatari Fujiwara ... Farmer Manzo
Daisuke Katô Daisuke Katô ... Shichiroji
Isao Kimura Isao Kimura ... Katsushiro (as Ko Kimura)
Minoru Chiaki ... Heihachi
Seiji Miyaguchi 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
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Will Take Its Place With the Seven Greatest Films of All Time! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

19 November 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Magnificent Seven See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,830, 1 September 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$269,061, 31 August 2003
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Company Credits

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Toho Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (international) | (2002 re-release) | (original) | (1991 re-release) | (cut) (original) | (re-release) | (restored) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo (re-release prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Akira Kurosawa quickly earned a reputation with his crew as the "world's greatest editor" because of his practice of editing late at night during the shooting. He described this as a practical necessity that is incomprehensible to most directors, who on major production spent at least several months with their editors assembling and cutting the film after shooting is completed. See more »

Goofs

During the first scene when the people in the village are discussing what to do with the bandits, it's visible that they are wearing bald-wigs. 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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Alternate Versions

Originally released in theaters in an abridged 141-minutes version in USA and Europe. Original Japanese version (now available on restored video release) is 203 minutes long. See more »

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Referenced in Century of Cinema: 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995) 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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