Seven Samurai

Farmers from a remote village, who are regularly attacked and robbed by bandits, seek help from seven warriors in this celebrated action epic.

Kurosawa’s admiration for the American western, and his love for the films of John Ford, became evident to western audiences for the first time with this thrilling epic, though at the time they were denied the opportunity of seeing the film in its original form. At about three and a half hours, the Japanese producers believed that the film would be too taxing for foreigners and insisted on shortening it by almost an hour, which is how it was seen for many years (including at its Australian debut at the 1956 Sydney Film Festival).

Set in the 16th Century, the film introduces the peasant inhabitants of a remote village who live in fear of the annual raid by vicious bandits, who steal their crops and rape their women. They hire seven samurai, professional warriors, to protect them, and though the money they offer is paltry they find a leader (Takashi Shimura) willing to recruit a team and accept the challenge. The meticulous build-up to the vigorously staged action that constitutes the last third of the film is vital to establish the characters of both the peasants and the samurai, with Toshiro Mifune’s ‘fake’ samurai the film’s most intriguing character. Hollywood has twice transformed the film into a western, in 1960 and again in 2016. 

- David Stratton

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Akira Kurosawa

Japan

207 mins

Japanese with English subtitles

Shichinin No Samurai

PG

1954

Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto

Sojiro Motoki

Toshiro Mifune, Yuzo Kayama, Yoshio Tsuchiya

Rights: Madman Entertainment | Print Source: The Japan Foundation.
© 1954 Toho Co., Ltd.