Seven Samurai VHS
This extraordinary tale of adventure, romance, humor, and suspense has been hailed by critics worldwide as one of the best films of all time. A peasant village hires seven medieval mercenaries to defend it from marauding bandits. When the samurais arrive, a spectacular series of battles begin in which a splendidly mobile camera seems to be everywhere: shooting through foliage, rainstorms, dust, and wind. Toshiro Mifune's performance is ferocious as an overzealous and loudmouthed would-be samurai. He is complemented by the wise, veteran warrior played masterfully by Takashi Shimura. The inspiration for the Hollywood Western The Magnificent Seven, Kurosawa's classic explores the timeless themes of personal bravery and the resilience of the human spirit.
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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.