Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) (1954)



Critic Consensus: Arguably Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece, The Seven Samurai is an epic adventure classic with an engrossing story, memorable characters, and stunning action sequences that make it one of the most influential films ever made.

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Akira Kurosawa's epic tale concerns honor and duty during a time when the old traditional order is breaking down. The film opens with master samurai Kambei (Takashi Shimura) posing as a monk to save a kidnapped farmer's child. Impressed by his selflessness and bravery, a group of farmers begs him to defend their terrorized village from bandits. Kambei agrees, although there is no material gain or honor to be had in the endeavor. Soon he attracts a pair of followers: a young samurai named … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 1, 1999
Columbia Pictures


as Kambei leader of sam...

as Kikuchiyo would-be s...

as Gorobei wise warrior

as Kyuzo swordsman

as Heihachi amiable sam...

as Shichiroji Kambei's ...

as Katsushiro young sam...

as Gisaku village elder

as Peasant Woman

as Minstrel

as Manzo Shino's father

as Rikichi militant vil...

as Grandfather

as Wife from Burned Hou...

as Masterless Samurai
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Critic Reviews for Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai)

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (12)

The greatest movie ever made about warriors and battle.

Full Review… | March 26, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Again and again, Kurosawa sends a dark thrill through his audience with a touch of sensuous physical reality.

Full Review… | April 20, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Kurosawa's film is a model of long-form construction, ably fitting its asides and anecdotes into a powerful suspense structure that endures for all of the film's 208 minutes.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Besides the well-manned battlescenes, the pic has a good feeling for characterization and time.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Top Critic

The epic action scenes involving cavalry and samurai are still without peer.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Seven Samurai is an unforgettable masterpiece -- the work of one of the world's greatest filmmakers at the height of his powers.

Full Review… | May 29, 2003
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai)

Kurosawa's perfected blend of action, humor, and pathos is on display in this masterpiece. Three and a half hours never felt so short and entertaining.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Kurosawa's outstanding samurai epic that has become one of the most praised films of all times. It is a magnificent and immensely involving film with many powerful action scenes and seven three-dimensional characters in a compelling story of honor and sacrifice.

Carlos MagalhŃes

Super Reviewer

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