Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) (1956)
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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as Kambei leader of samurai
as Kikuchiyo would-be samurai
as Gorobei wise warrior
as Kyuzo swordsman
as Heihachi amiable samurai
as Shichiroji Kambei's friend
as Katsushiro young samurai
as Gisaku village elder
as Peasant Woman
as Manzo Shino's father
as Rikichi militant villager
as Wife from Burned House
as Masterless Samurai
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Critic Reviews for Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai)
Again and again, Kurosawa sends a dark thrill through his audience with a touch of sensuous physical reality.
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.
Besides the well-manned battlescenes, the pic has a good feeling for characterization and time.
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The epic action scenes involving cavalry and samurai are still without peer.
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.
A rural village in feudal Japan decides to fight back against the bandits who have been raiding them by hiring samurai from a nearby town. One of the many remarkable things about Akira Kurosawa's astonishing historical epic is the fact that at nearly 3 and a half hours it never drags for a single second of it's length. Not one bit. That fact alone is testament to Kurosawa's incredible skill as both writer and director. The balance of artful visuals and narrative is perfect and every character is fascinating and perfectly played, especially Toshiro Mifune's gleeful and almost feral glory hound and Takashi Shimura's good hearted but wily Ronin. And if like me you still wanted more after its not inconsiderable running time, its Hollywood remake The Magnificent Seven is a damn fine film in its own right. One of the pinnacles of world cinema.
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