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Year:
1954
Country:
Japan
Genre:
Drama, Action, Adventure
IMDB rating:
8.7
Director:
Akira Kurosawa

 

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Takashi Shimura as Kambei Shimada
Toshirô Mifune as Kikuchiyo
Yoshio Inaba as Gorobei Katayama
Minoru Chiaki as Heihachi Hayashida
Daisuke Katô as Shichiroji
Isao Kimura as Katsushiro Okamoto
Yukiko Shimazaki as Rikichi's Wife
Kamatari Fujiwara as Manzo, father of Shino
Yoshio Kosugi as Mosuke
Yoshio Tsuchiya as Rikichi
Kokuten Kodo as Gisaku, the Old Man
Seven Samurai Storyline: A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.
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Reviews
the best ever
will never forget watching the extended cut at 2am in high school... such an eye opener. the scenes are perfectly crafted, and the camera work and lighting is on point. If you really like it, I advise getting the criterion edition, got it myself and truly is the best way to appreciate the film. as well, seven samurai is not only adventure/action but also a character driven narrative in which we can appreciate many subjects reacting to challenging situations. the epicness can be felt across the entire movie. the energy on the performances and the consistency within them are absolutely remarkable. This is truly a gem of cinema, in my opinion, alongside citizen kane and 2001 for the GOAT.
2015-11-13
The Greatest Japanese Film of All Time
Shichinin no Samurai/Seven Samurai(1954) is a beautifully shot dramatic action picture. Its about farmers who hire seven ronin warriors to help rid them of bandits. Seven Samurai(1954) is an epic that's enriched by its length. One of the ten greatest motion pictures of all time. The long length is helpful in development of character and plot.

Seven Samurai(1954) changed the way action films were made in the cinema. The film focuses on things like friendship and teamwork in war. The recruiting of the 7 samurai warriors is done with precise detail. Influenced every action film done after this. Seven Samurai is a movie that I never get bored of watching.

The acting in the feature is amazing to see. Takashi Shimura gives a fine performance as the leader, Kambei. Tatsuya Nakadai has a short role as a wandering samurai. Kichijiro Veda is a formidable villain as the bandit leader. Yoshiro Inaba is very good in the role of Gorobei Katayama.

The direction by Akira Kurosawa is perhaps his best in a long line of great films. He directs action and drama scenes with equal interest. Akira Kurosawa with this film is someone that current filmmakers are in awe of. Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune make an excellent actor and director combo. The director also contributed to the brilliant editing.

The battle scenes are a mixture of outstanding camera work and fantastic editing. The Seven Samurai(1954) sets up the battle scenes beautifully and finishes with a payoff to remember. The battle scene during the climax is exhilatrating to watch. Akira Kurosawa has filmed many great battle scenes in his samurai pictures. The battle scenes in Seven Samurai(1954) put similar scenes in Gladiator(2000) and The Patriot(2000) to shame.

Toshiro Mifune is larger than life as the farmer turned samurai, Kikuchiyo. Its his performance as Kikuchiyo that made him a cinematic icon. Gives a performance of chivalrous proportions with a dominating presence that is not easy to match. Chow Yun Fat is the Toshiro Mifune of our generation. Kikuchiyo shows true courage as he sacrifices his life for the farmers he is hired to protect.

Although remade into The Magnificent Seven(1961), the film that is closer in spirit to this picture is Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch(1969). Seven Samurai(1954) was one of the first modern films to use the slow motion effect. Both films deal warriors and outlaws who end up fighting for a cause. Also, in both films the theme of honor and sacrifice dominates the screen. The Battle of Bloody Porch in The Wild Bunch(1969) is inspired by this film's climatic battle.

The story is simple but compelling to understand. The screenplay is perfectly written by Akira Kurosawa and Shinobu Hasimoto. The story has an universal appeal that anyone can comprehend. The story has been used and reused by directors like George Lucas and Ridley Scott. Other film makers inspired by Seven Samurai include Sam Peckinpah, John Woo, Steven Speilberg, and Stanley Kubrick.

Seven Samurai(1954), Ran(1984), and Throne of Blood(1957) are the director's three masterpieces. The best way to see this film is in its complete 203 minute version. Akira alternates serious sequences with scenes of humor. Gives a wonderful sense of the period the film takes place in. A masterpiece with emotional performances and powerful set pieces.

The farmers evolve from being in fear of the bandits to standing up to them with courage. The samurai warriors also evolve from hired hands brought in to do a job to fighting for a honorable cause. The film is a long three act play that never fails to entertain. The techniques marvels of master filmmaking and outstanding visuals. There is not a dull moment in the entire film.
2001-02-26
Complex Beauty
Donald Richie thought it was Kurosawa's finest, and suggested that it might the best Japanese film ever made.

It is a film that rewards casual viewing and careful viewing and repeated viewing and viewing over time. Isn't that rather like a wonderful book, that rewards you every time you pick it up? I suppose that is the definition of greatness.

How was this greatness achieved? (This is not a rhetorical question. It truly astonishes me how this film creates meaning...cutting across all boundaries of nationality, language, and culture to become a meaningful personal experience for those who view it). This creation of greatness may be a mystery, but we can point to the some features of the film's excellence:

The artistic achievement: The music, the cinematography, the extensive set design, the editing and the acting in the service of a moving story all conspire to create a world that becomes ours on a deeply personal level. It is a film which influences later films and filmmakers.

The narrative achievement: Based on an original concept of Kurosawa's which began as a "day in the life" documentary of a samurai's existence, Kurosawa developed the idea into this breathtaking film of samurai who save a village. This simple but complexly nuanced human story involves us in different social classes in an historical framework. We come to know individual peasants and samurai, and feel that we know significant things about them, their motivations, hopes and fears.

The achievements of the actors: These are characters you will love, people you need to have in your life: the characters of Kyuzo, Heihachi and the unforgettable Bokuzen Hidari as a bewildered peasant..! Takeshi Shimura, as the leader of the samurai, Gambei, is the embodiment of wisdom, and calm in the storm. And, saying that Toshiro Mifune has star power is like saying the noonday sun sheds a little warmth.

Toshiro: It's the cut of his jawline when he asks the village patriarch, "Got a problem, grandad?", and the most charming look of confusion and embarrassment playing over his face when he is told by Heihachi that he is the triangle on the samurai flag. It's his energy, speed and agility and power and intelligence. Mifune sniffing out the fuse of a gun in the woods, bouncing through the brush half-naked in an abbreviated set of armor, or carrying his ridiculously oversize sword on one shoulder, Mifune crying over a baby, and the incomparable scene of his embarrassment that turns to rage when Mifune accuses the samurai of creating the farmer's condition.

Toshiro Mifune represents with extraordinary physicality the spirit of a man desperate to prove his worth: Mifune's got the animal sexuality, the physical response to emotional situations, the expressive face, the humorous and varied vocalisms to make us feel deeply what his character experiences: his struggles, his growth.(His drunken burblings as the last "samurai" to audition are nothing short of hilarious, and his "fish singing" is eerie and funny, too...also the grunted "eh?" that he often uses to show confusion, and the "heh" of disgust..such wonderful sounds, and so expressive!) Mifune's acting is wild and alive, even more than 50 years after the film's original release.

Takashi Shimura: You will trust him with your life. His great, open heart, his mature calm, his honesty and compassion make him one of the greatest of all samurai on film.

Fumio Hayasaka's music: Kuroasawa was lucky to have such a brilliant composer as collaborator. Themes introduce characters, and the samurai theme is surprising and memorable. If you have viewed the film, chances are, the samurai theme is playing in your mind with just a mention of the music. Hayasaka's music is muscular and nuanced: creating humor, or a counterpoint to the action, or deepening our sympathy for and understanding of the characters.

Muraki's scenography: There is no doubt that the places shown in the film are real. The achievement of Kurosawa's longtime collaborator provide a real world for the action.

The filmography is ground-breaking: the multiple cameras, slow-motion and attention to light and composition make each frame worthy of an 8X10 glossy. How can individual moments of such beauty be sustained throughout the movement of the film? It is an astonishing feat. And, best of all, no image degenerates into interior design or vacuous prettiness...everything forwards the movement of the cinematic experience. When the film ends, we feel as if we have lived it!

It is with great respect and humility that I offer my thanks to the memory of Mr. Kurosawa. His great work leads us to treasure humanity and its struggles, to develop our own abilities to feel compassion, encourages us to try to make good choices, to be socially and morally responsible, to embrace life.
2006-01-17
A couple of hours.. or maybe days.. after I watched it, I fell in love with it.
There was absolutely no other reason for me to watch Seven Samurai, other than my plan of watching all movies currently in the top 250. I wasn't looking forward to it, I don't care for action movies, or Japanese movies, and the playtime of 200+ minutes.... Let's just say I put of watching this movie for a long, long time.. But then, with nothing else to do or to watch, it was time. And I won't lie to you, I have struggled through it. It was long, it was slow, it took me a while before I got what the story was about and some of the scenes didn't make sense to me. Still, I watched the full movie and I'm pretty sure I'm better for it. The best movies take effort to watch, and this one took a lot of effort. But I learned something from it, the story ended up grabbing me, not right away, but at the end. Some of the scenes were amazingly complex, at times it looked and felt like total chaos for minutes! It's a rich movie, with many stories to tell, I've never seen anything like it, that's probably one of the reasons why it was so hard to watch, but I understand now why it's in the top 250. It deserves to be! Watch it, wait for it.. and after it's gone, you will love it!
2015-01-14
Most overrated movie of all time
This movie is routinely rated as one of the top 10 movies of all time. Now that is a tall order so I decided to rent it, and I don't remember the last time I was more disappointed with a movie.

The movie is around 3hours long. The storyline is highly predictable and the characters are cliche. The action sequence are the lamest of any movie you will ever see. I think I have seen 10 year olds fight more fiercely than the characters of the film.

The photography is choppy and the storytelling is very deliberate. Considering the plot is extremely simple, it is agonizing to watch the plot unfold into its most obvious conclusion.

The conclusion of the movie, you guessed it, is that the 7 Samuraris saves the day by defeating bunch of bandits. As far as characters, there is the tough guy, intellectual guy, leader guy, rich guy, drunk guy, skilled fighter guy, and the coward guy. They are the Samurai equivalent of the Seven Dwarfs or N'Sync.

Magnificent Seven, which is the western copy of this movie, is way better, and that film is no where near a top 10 movie.

2004-01-21
best movie ever made !!!
Seven Samurai" is the greatest filmmaking ever . Every scene is necessary and perfectly directed. Kurosawa succeed to make a perfect movie that will combine drama ,comedy, romance , philosophy and definitely most powerful. dynamic and intense battle scenes ever filmed ,( nowadays directors should watch it and learn how to direct a battle scene ) .despite 200 minutes of running time "Seven Samurai" doesn't bore at all. this movie has such a strong spirit it's epic . the storyline is strong and the character's are amazing ,each of them is very well developed, which gives the movie more depth. visually the movie looks beautiful , pure and perfect cinematography . Kurosawa was undoubtedly one of the most influential directors of all time a lot of movies nowadays use techniques from him. they way he used weather to set atmosphere and mood , the Rashomon's effect , transition between the scenes etc i can talk about this movie all day long and it still wont be enough it's a movie for generations..... a true masterpiece of cinema
2015-01-03
One of the Greatest
This original Akira Kurosawa's classic which trampled upon its remakes, is indeed one of the greatest films ever made. In all film lists discussed by experts, agreeable or not, "Seven Samurai" had mostly made in the first 10 position. The fact postulated the idea that "Seven Samurai" is still vital to world cinema, and from its highly influential plot devices to its strong filmmaking, and to its haunting ending, it is all perfect in its facets.

Set during the civil wars in Japan in the 16th century, conflicts led villages to be vulnerable and be overran by bandits. They are about to raid a village and the news quickly being raised up to the elder (chief), in which he advises the villagers they should hire hungry Samurai to defend themselves against the onslaught of the thieves, specifically stating "Even bears come down from mountains when they're hungry." (This refers to the seven Samurai.).

"Seven Samurai" goes into depth depicting philosophical ideas, human nature and genuine human emotions. One of the sequences explores Ronin (masterless Samurai) Kambei Shimada's (Takashi Shimura) background, in which he speaks about him ambitions in his early days, but to be unfortunate when he did realise that he had spent too much time chasing his dreams but achieves nothing. Perhaps the character was being directed or written not to articulate his emotions clearly, but through experiences we could comprehend that he is remorseful for his failures. Another haunting moment is its ending, where the surviving inhabitants of the village completely shown to disregard the Samurai, notwithstanding the seven heroes being their primary support. The notion is further accentuated with the closing line: "In the end, we lost the battle too…The victory belongs to the peasants. Not to us." Earlier, the villagers could already be seen as cold when they refuse to greet the Samurai upon their arrival to the village, thus giving a cold reception. But there might be another theory for this; the villagers are actually afraid of the Samurai exploits, which explains on why they beg off to go out from their hiding place, and face the Samurai.

"Seven Samurai" is a great tool for film students to look into character development. Seven great characters, played by seven great actors, are regurgitated for good. In it we could discover unalike personalities, and each of them being explored accordingly throughout. Even the relationship between the villagers and Samurai is well developed. Other than its strong writing and performances, its editing, cinematography and directing are all solid.

More than five decades after its release, "Seven Samurai" still comes unscathed to serious viewers; such is the quality of it. And with the rehash of it that we witness today ("The Magnificent Seven" is the most obvious one), we can say it is one of the most influential works of cinematic art. Its withheld influence would suggest that Kurosawa might have had done this for posterity. Call it entertaining, but "Seven Samurai" is the epitome of movie masterpiece, no more no less.

(Cinematicmadness.blogspot.com)
2016-09-02
Seven Samurai
There is a nuanced feeling between a new release could score an 8/10 (say THE DARK KINGHT RISE 2012) and a classic acquire the same rank, (but if divided more precisely, which I feel compulsory to do but in lack of a potential spur to re-set my entire rating system. TDKR is around 7.8-8.2 while SEVEN SAMURAI is surely wavering around 8.2-8.5).

SEVEN SAMURAI, an esteemed masterpiece from the reasonably most eminent auteur, Akira Kurosawa, not only from Japan, but the wholesale film history as well, why my belated first- viewing has a tad underwhelming collision, notably juxtaposed with another Akira's chef- d'oeuvre RASHOMON (1950, 9/10), which had been my one and only entrance before SEVEN SAMURAI, this action saga of seven samurai trains local village farmers and fights against bandits has a thrilling in-depth character-building deployment and the action sequences are cutting-edge of its time. And seminally a full-flown censure upon class discrimination could reverberate till today although we are miles away from the feudal era.

Against a 207 minutes running time, surprisingly I still cannot distinctively tell each samurai from their appearances and 4 of them all died from muskets is a grave ridicule of the deprivation-ridden samurai social stratum, nothing is remotely close to any dueling-style combat which I prefigured during the much-hyped final showdown. But the camera-work from Asaichi Nakai is a first-class roller-coaster ride since the fight kicks off, leaving a woeful curtain call of four disturbing graves standing under the background which potently ends the film in a provoking manner.

The cast are excellent by and large, with Shimura gives a composed and sage leadership with his empathetic charisma, Mifune, on the other hand, is more rely on his own panache to contradict his identity dilemma (from a farmer-born orphan to an unclassified samurai-wannabe). Several supporting roles are also glistening, Bokuzen Hidari's chicken and wordless farmer who finally delivered his only line during his last breath is striking deep in my mind. Miyaguchi's superbly practiced swordsman also exemplifies the most orthodox samurai image, they are all among the marrow of my first viewing.

The sway of the Harakiri spirit is ubiquitous, particularly among the ill-fated bandits, which occasions some random thoughts such as instead of executing themselves on the ultimate suicidal march, they could have retreated and recruited more people and then plotted their revenge which makes for a more common sense instead of being dragged from the horsed and slaughtered one by one by the samurai-farmer coalition. The storyline-setting seems to choose an easier way out and avoids undermining the film's integrity and leaving an edgy unfinished business, nevertheless is this some overt contrivance which plain suffices to facilitate the film which should be at least pointed out? Or maybe I should watch more Japanese films to digest their ethos and frame of minds?
2012-08-20
Mud Replaces the Splatter of Blood
I just saw a restored print of this on the big screen with newly translated subtitles. I had forgotten how long it was (with an intermission). It is more about slowly revealing the characters and saving the big action sequences for the end. I really enjoy the outdoor setting as well. I think I've mentioned it in other reviews, but there is something so beautiful about the forest. The hills surrounding the small village are magnificently captured, the wind blows, the dust is stirred up, and when it rains, the mud replaces the splatter of blood. The movie starts with a lot of slow steady drum beats for accompaniment and culminates with the rapid patter of sandaled feet and pounding hooves of the attacking bandits' horses.

The story takes its time as four peasants led by Rikichi (Tsuchiya) go to town to enlist the help of samurai for the defense of their village. Samurai are born into privilege, can read and write and enjoy leisurely arts, and are generally proud of their social standing and skill. They finally find the good-hearted and intelligent Kambei (Shimura). Two other samurai are watching Kambei too. Katsushiro (Kimura) is a young man who immediately has great respect for Kambei and requests to be his disciple. Kikuchiyo (Mifune) is boisterous and intrigued by the more clever man, but expects Kambei to give him respect and acceptance automatically. The other samurai are gathered once Kambei agrees to the peasants' proposal. Toshiro Mifune is such a treat when he appears again drunk, trying to claim upper-class lineage, and wildly trying to prove some skill to the other six who only laugh. Toshiro's performance might seem over done, he's such a ham. I couldn't accept his wildly different style when I first saw this movie, but I grew to love him. Having seen him in some others pictures by now, I was totally with him during this viewing. He adds much needed humor. The story continues slowly as Kambei leads a careful defense plan to protect the four sides of the village. Meanwhile, the villagers "piss and cry" at every little thing and try to learn from the samurai how to use spears to defend themselves. Katsushiro has a romantic subplot with Shino, one of the peasants' daughters. Backstories are revealed about a couple of the other peasants and about where Kikuchiyo came from. Finally the bandits attack! And Kambei methodically checks off the chart on his map as they lessen the bandits' numbers. It's a very controlled, but impressive, and close battle as the villagers fight for their lives with the strategic leadership of the samurai.
2014-11-29
Seven Samurai (5/5)
Synopsis: "Seven Samurai" is the story of seven samurais (duh) who are hired by poor farmers to protect their village from pillaging bandits. This is Akira Kurosawa's finest film and it is probably the first modern action flick ever made. The film begins quite slowly as we watch several farmers recruit samurai warriors to come to their aid. This takes up the first half of the three hour long movie, and at times it can become a bit boring. However, this phase of the film is absolutely necessary. It allows Kurosawa to introduce each of his beloved characters and flush them out in full detail.

As soon as the viewer starts to wonder where all the supposed "action" is, he is delighted to find that the last half of the feature is an extravagant battle between the forces of good (the samurais and villagers) and evil (the bandits). It is here that Kurosawa really shows his skill. He invents the "final climatic battle sequence" that we see in every action film made after this one. The battle is a rush, and because we know and love the characters we can truly appreciate the conflict; we worry about their well-being.

As one might have guessed, the heroes are successful and the small village survives the siege, but it is not without a heavy price: there are many who die. Of course, we only care for the heroes who die, not for the villains. We scarcely know these marauding bandits; they are simply nameless enemies. At first, one might see this as a weakness in the story. It appears to be a simplistic way of looking at the world: only the good guys are human and the evil folks are just mindless minions. However, I believe that this is an appropriate choice on Kurosawa's part. Although it is true that the people we often label as villainous or evil have a good side to them, this film's purpose is to focus solely on heroic individuals. This is Kurosawa's tribute to the selfless and perhaps reluctant hero.

"Seven Samurai" is a cinematic masterpiece. Kurosawa masterfully blends characters, story, camera techniques (every shot is carefully constructed and adequately done), and music to create one of the most influential films ever conceived. Kurosawa is a true master of his craft and this is his tour-de-force. "Seven Samurai" rightly deserves: 5 out of 5 stars.
2006-02-26
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