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Seven Samurai [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [Blu-ray] [1954]

Release Date:10/19/2010

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (29 out of 29)

    Special Features

    • Disc one:
    • Two audio commentaries, one featuring film scholars David Desser, Joan Mellen, Stephen Prince, Tony Rayns, and Donald Richie, and the other japanese film expert Michael Jeck
    • Disc two:
    • Fifty-minute documentary on the making of Seven Samurai, created as part of the toho masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: it is wonderful to create
    • My life cinema, a two-hour video conversation from 1993 between directors Akira Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshima
    • "Seven Samurai"; origins and influences, a documentary looking at the Samurai traditions and films that helped shape Kurosawa's masterpiece
    • Theatrical trailers and teaser
    • Gallery of rare posters, behind-the-scenes photos, and production stills


    Seven Samurai
    Akira Kurosawa's epic tale concerns honor and duty during a time when the old traditional order is breaking down. The film opens with master samurai Kambei (Takashi Shimura) posing as a monk to save a kidnapped farmer's child. Impressed by his selflessness and bravery, a group of farmers begs him to defend their terrorized village from bandits. Kambei agrees, although there is no material gain or honor to be had in the endeavor. Soon he attracts a pair of followers: a young samurai named Katsushiro (Isao Kimura), who quickly becomes Kambei's disciple, and boisterous Kikuchiyo (Toshiro Mifune), who poses as a samurai but is later revealed to be the son of a farmer. Kambei assembles four other samurais, including Kyuzo (Seiji Miyaguchi), a master swordsman, to round out the group. Together they consolidate the village's defenses and shape the villagers into a militia, while the bandits loom menacingly nearby. Soon raids and counter-raids build to a final bloody heart-wrenching battle. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

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      Takashi Shimura - Kambei, leader of samurai
    • Toshiro Mifune
      Toshiro Mifune - Kikuchiyo, would-be samurai
    • Seiji Miyaguchi
      Seiji Miyaguchi - Kyuzo, swordsman
    • Minoru Chiaki
      Minoru Chiaki - Heihachi, amiable samurai
    • Daisuke Kato
      Daisuke Kato - Shichiroji, Kambei's friend

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