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One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, SEVEN SAMURAI (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira Kurosawa (Rashomon, Yojimbo, Ran)—featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune (Stray Dog, Yojimbo) and Takashi Shimura (Ikiru, The Hidden Fortress)—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope.
Unanimously hailed as one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of the motion picture, Seven Samurai has inspired countless films modeled after its basic premise. But Akira Kurosawa's classic 1954 action drama has never been surpassed in terms of sheer power of emotion, kinetic energy, and dynamic character development. The story is set in the 1600s, when the residents of a small Japanese village are seeking protection against repeated attacks by a band of marauding thieves. Offering mere handfuls of rice as payment, they hire seven unemployed "ronin" (masterless samurai), including a boastful swordsman (Toshiro Mifune) who is actually a farmer's son desperately seeking glory and acceptance. The samurai get acquainted with but remain distant from the villagers, knowing that their assignment may prove to be fatal. The climactic battle with the raiding thieves remains one of the most breathtaking sequences ever filmed. It's poetry in hyperactive motion and one of Kurosawa's crowning cinematic achievements. This is not a film that can be well served by any synopsis; it must be seen to be appreciated (accept nothing less than its complete 203-minute version) and belongs on the short list of any definitive home-video library. --Jeff Shannon
I had wanted to see this movie and decided on a whim to rent it. It is as good as everyone says it is.Published 18 days ago by chrisdd
It's a classic -- what more can ya say? And you can't beat Toshiro Mifune.Published 1 month ago by Hans Neumann
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|Should I wait for Blu-ray Edition?||
Criterion is reportedly putting all their efforts into the restoration and it's supposed to look astounding. They had planned it for Kurosawa's centennial (which just passed), but they couldn't make the deadline, and instead released Yojimbo & Sanjuro together on Blu-ray. All the Criterion... Read More
Mar 27, 2010 by J. Corbit | See all 4 posts
Whilst some of Mifune-san's memories are included in the booklet that comes with this version, the extras amount to an historical documentary about the Samurai and a huge sprawling interview with Kurosawa-sensei that benefits from being done by a fellow Director and fellow Japanese person in that... Read More
Aug 26, 2009 by Iain Howe | See all 3 posts
www.criterionco.com/ look for the 'about' link.
May 29, 2006 by J in Novato | See all 5 posts
|Is there an English audio track?||
Definitely not from Criterion, and I'm not aware of any other DVD or Blu-ray release with an English dub, either.
Aug 30, 2015 by B. Albert | See all 3 posts
|Is this Blu-Ray version an upgrade from the DVD Box set?||
I believe both the 3-disc DVD and the Blu-ray use the same 2K master, so aside from the obvious SD to HD upgrade and the uncompressed audio, they should be about the same.
Aug 30, 2015 by B. Albert | See all 2 posts
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