Seven Samurai (Criterion Collection Spine #2)
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Hailed as the greatest film in the history of Japanese cinema, Seven Samurai is director Akira Kurosawa's undisputed masterpiece. Arguably the greatest of all jidai-gecki (or historical swordplay films), Kurosawa's classic 1954 action drama
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The American rip-off version is very well done and i loved it but after seeing both, I actually like this better. The director was way ahead of his time.
It was nice to see it again, this time with my wife who had not seen it before.
We will probably watch "The Magnificent Seven" this weekend and compare it to the Kurosawa film. I always liked Yule Brenner in the American western inspired by this magnificent movie.
I noticed this time that the film was made in 1954, nine years after the Japanese surrendered in WWII. I wonder what impression this movie made at the time.
The theme of unemployed Samurai taking on a job to defend a village of farmer peasants for food may have reflected the mood in Japan at the time. There is a kind of nobility that comes across as the Samurai gather, plan, defend, and finally defeat the bandits that threaten the peasants. It is moving to watch the drama unfold.
A great film. Perhaps one of the greatest.
I prefer these characters to some of the ones introduced in later versions.
It's a masterful example of storytelling in that the story itself is simple. But the film is unforgettable.
Now I understand what everyone was trying to say. And I truly don't have the words to state my reaction to "Seven Samurai". I will be watching this over and over, hoping to get some sort of handle on 1) the translation; 2) the photography, camera angles, tracking, lighting, etc.; 3) the acting.
Overwhelming! I simply don't know what to say except, "Buy a copy!". Martial artists, You have no option but to see this for many reasons. If you buy a copy, set up a fund raiser (or whatever) and show this movie! [NOTE: You need to contact the publisher for permission and fees, if any.] Anyone studying the arts should get a chance to see this movie. That' my opinion, and I'm sticking to it until I can understand what I saw last night, and, hopefully, write a much better review for all of you. Sorry, this is the best I can do right now.