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Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) (1954)

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Starring (View all)
Ken Utsui Ken Utsui
Samurai Wandering Through Town
Ren Yamamoto Ren Yamamoto
Farmer
Tatsuya Nakadai Tatsuya Nakadai
Samurai Wandering Through Town
Takeshi Katô Takeshi Katô
Samurai Wandering Through Town
Haruko Toyama Haruko Toyama
Gisaku's Daughter-in-Law
Yasuo Ônishi Yasuo Ônishi
Farmer
Akira Tani Akira Tani
Bandit


Written by (View all)
Hideo Oguni Hideo Oguni
(screenplay)
Shinobu Hashimoto Shinobu Hashimoto
(screenplay)


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The farmers have won. We have lost.

12 years, 2 months ago at Aug 21 10:25
6 votes
''What's the use of worrying about your beard when your head's about to be taken?''

A poor village under attack by bandits recruit seven unemployed samurai to help them defend against the foes.

Takashi Shimura: Kambei Shimada

Toshirô Mifune: Kikuchiyo

Akira Kurosawa had recently, and very quickly, become one of my all-time favourite... read more

Most important Samurai picture in history

10 years, 9 months ago at Jan 13 5:05
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"This is the nature of war. By protecting others, you save yourselves."

In the hands of legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, a simple tale of seven samurai hired to protect a village from marauding bandits is transformed into a unique and mesmerising action epic of sustained tension and stoic humanity. It would ostensibly seem that stacking further praise onto Shichinin no Samurai (S... read more

The Original Magnificent Seven

11 years, 1 month ago at Sep 12 8:17
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Considered Akira Kurosawa's most accomplished work, Seven Samurai is a black & white classic whose story has inspired many a film afterwards, most notably (& one of my favorites) the Magnificent Seven.
It's a story of the Old East, which coincidently enough, runs themes which will eventually become staples in movies dealing with the Old West.
Here, the heros are truly heroes, but eac... read more
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A veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times, answers a village's request for protection from bandits. He gathers 6 other samurai to help him, and they teach the townspeople how to defend themselves, and they supply the samurai with three small meals a day. The film culminates in a giant battle when 40 bandits attack the village.
Release date: 26 April 1954
UPC: 037429121726
Tags: Samurai (37), Japan (34), Action (29), Japanese (26), Drama (25), 1950s (23), Adventure (18), 1954 (16), War (14), Epic (12), Foreign (10), Farmer (10), Ronin (7), Swords (7), Mercenaries (7), Bandits (7), Traps (6), Kung-fu (6), (6)
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“Nunca me interesaron las películas sobre samuráis, y es que si quiero disfrutar de una historia de acción simplemente busco en otra parte y ya.

Pero he aquí una obra que, de la mano de uno de mis directores favoritos, es capaz de dejar hasta a el más estricto espectador con la boca abierta. Seven Samurai.

Para empezar, adoro que acá se le dé a cada uno de los personajes una personalidad y motvaciones distintas.

Uno es un viejo y experimentado guerrero que decide ayudar a la aldea luego de ver su deplorable situación para creer que es lo correcto; otro es un joven que, siendo su aprendiz, busca ser un mejor samurái siguiendo los pasos de su maestro; otro es un chico que solo quiere ser reconocido como un verdadero samurái y demostrar que es fuerte al ” read more

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“Seven Samurai el film mas famoso del aclamado Akira Kurosawa, y considerada como la mejor película de samurais de la historia. Su reconocimiento es tan grande, que la ponen en un pedestals junto a El ciudadano Kane o El padrino. Veremos que tan merecido sean tales honoríficos.

En un inicio no parece la gran cosa, un pueblo que recluta a mercenarios para protegerlos de unos bandidos por cuestiones de honer es una trama muy cliché para este punto. Pero tal aseveración se desmorona cuando se toman en cuenta dos cosas: primero, que dichos clichés fueron establecidos por este mismo film hace años antes que cualquier otro; y segundo, que su desarrollo lo vuelve todo mas complicado y serio que la generica fantasia de epoderamiento sobre salvar al debil de las garras del ruín.
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