Samurai 7 - The Complete Series
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Legendary Epic Reborn!
This 7-disc set contains the enitre Samurai 7 saga - over 11 hours of action!
Samurai 7 is set in a futuristic world that has just seen the end of a massive war, many villages are being terrorized by Nobuseri bandits. The Nobuseri are no normal bandits. They were once men, but during the war they modifed themselves with machines to become living weapons and now apprear as more machine than man. A group of villagers decide to hire samurai to protect their village. These men of valor are as skilled as they are unique.
The broadcast series Samurai 7 (2004) borrows the premise of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (1954): driven to desperation by bandits who steal their crops, the inhabitants of a small village hire unemployed samurai to defend them. With nothing to offer as wages but their precious rice, the villagers recruit warriors poor enough to accept the dishonor of working for peasants. Samurai 7 moves the story into the future: the bandits and some of the samurai are mecha. The grim ronin Kambei leads the viewers in the defense of their village, then tackles the forces of the orchidaceous emperor Ukyo. Kambei and his mismatched band attack the Capitol,Ukyo's equivalent of the Death Star. The warriors perform gravity-defying leaps, as they slash through steel plating, deflect bullets, and split laser beams with their swords in a climactic battle that occupies most of the last three episodes. The drawn/CG combinations reveal why Samurai 7 cost a reported ¥32,500,000 (nearly $300,000) per episode, an extremely high price by Japanese standards.
Widely acclaimed as a masterpiece of world cinema, Kurosawa's Seven Samurai stressed the shared humanity of the peasants, the samurai, and even the bandits; the often grotesque people and mecha in this sci-fi adventure lack that essential bond. Samurai 7 offers plenty of over-the-top battle sequences for viewers who enjoy a mixture of feudal and futuristic daring-do. But its meandering plot, stock heroes, and tin pot villains have very little to do with its supposed model. (Rated TV PG, suitable for ages 12 and older: violence, brief nudity, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
- All 26 episodes on seven discs
- Seven art booklets, with over 140 pages of interviews and production art
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This is a great epic series that is visually stunning. The art is clean and fluid, the story is believable, and the characters are memorable. I especially loved that it wasn't "noble heroes protecting completely innocent villagers" like many other series. No one is truly good or innocent and you see that humans are prone to the same faults, no matter what time period they're in.
My only gripe with this series is all the recapping. After you cut out the recaps and previews for the next episode, you're left with only about 19 minutes of real story.
This is a great series that is worthy of owning, and if you like samurai, mecha, fighting, or even just a great story, definitely check it out. I also recommend anyone who liked this to watch Last Exile or Wolf's Rain, two other great series.
Anyway we watched it with our kids and while there was a little bit of bloody violence I did not find it excessive.
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