Samurai -- Japan -- 16th century -- Drama

Seven Samurai

(Shichinin no samurai)


Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Yoshio Inaba, Seiji Miyaguchi,

For “the finest Japanese film ever made” (Donald Richie), and a staple of nearly every top-ten film list ever made, Seven Samurai has a surprisingly familiar plot: a handful of strangers band together to protect helpless farmers from bandits. Then again, it’s because of Seven Samurai that this plot seems so familiar: one of the first non-Western films to reach a wide audience in the United States, it entered the Hollywood consciousness, where it inspired The Magnificent Seven, The Wild Bunch, and others. Often imitated, it’s still unmatched, and seeing it on the big screen shows why: the controlled chaos and limitless roar of the battle scenes, mixed with the minutest details, like a field of flowers glowing in the afternoon sun or mist settling in a forest. And, of course, there’s Toshiro Mifune as the manic seventh samurai, all coiled rage and uncouth rebellion in a performance that is as raw now as it was then.

Jason Sanders
  • Akira Kurosawa
  • Shinobu Hashimoto
  • Hideo Oguni
  • Asakazu Nakai
  • Japanese
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 208 mins
  • Janus Films

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'Seven Samurai' excels in the hands of a master (review), Los Angeles Times, Susan King, 2006

Seven samurai (program note), Mill Valley Film Festival, B. Peterson, 2002

Seven samurai (review), Time Out New York, Mike D'Angelo, 2002

Kurosawa and Mifune (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 2002

Bibliography: Seven samurai (bibliography), Pacific Film Archive, Kenji Lui, 2001

Seven samurai (program note), San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, Frako Loden, 1999

Loyalty, death and honor in 'The seven samurai' (review), San Ramon Valley Times, Sue Kelley, 1994

Akira Kurosawa (article), American Film, Gerald Peary, 1989

Press release (press release), Surf Theatres, 1982

Press screening: Akira Kurosawa's Seven samurai (press release), Surf Theatres, 1982

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