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
All-new, restored high-definition digital transfer, with an optional Dolby surround soundtrack
Two audio commentaries: one by the film scholars David Desser, Joan Mellen, Stephen Prince, Tony Rayns, and Donald Richie; and one by Japanese film expert Michael Jeck
Theatrical trailers and teaser
Gallery of rare posters and behind-the-scenes and production stills
New and improved English subtitle translation
A 50-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 in Cinema, a two-hour video conversation between Akira Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshima from 1993, produced by the Directors Guild of Japan
"Seven Samurai": Origins and Influences, a new documentary looking at the samurai traditions and films that impacted Kurosawa's masterpiece
Plus: a booklet featuring essays by Kenneth Turan, Peter Cowie, Philip Kemp, Peggy Chiao, Alain Silver, and Stuart Galbraith IV; tributes from Arthur Penn and Sidney Lumet; and a reminiscence by Toshiro Mifune
Seven Samurai is one of the greatest and most influential films ever made and is truly Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece.
Set in fuedal Japan, the story concerns a village under threat from bandits. The farmers hire samurai to fight the bandits and find seven who are willing to defend thier village.
Akira Kurosawa does a masterful job of directing one of the best action movies around. Each scene is flawless. The battle scenes are exciting and highly energized. Ther scenes that focus on the characters really give insight into what each character thinks and feels. All of which adds to the brilliant masterwork that is Seven Samurai.
Each member of the cast does a superb job in thier respective roles. Toshiro Mifune is brilliant as the rough and tumble Kikuchiyo and Takeshi Shimura is great as Kambei, the leader of the band of samurai. You come to feel for each character and all of the samurai exemplify the virtues of courage and honor.
The Blu-Ray transfer is stunning. Each scene is clear and sharply defined. The shading of the black and white comes out beautifully in High Defenition. Blu-Ray takes a classic and makes it look good as new.
The extras include trailers and some featurettes on the making and legacy of Seven Samurai. Very interesting and informative.
Seven Samurai is a true classic and influences film makers to this day. From westerns like The Magnificent Seven, to sci-fi like Battle Beyond the Stars and and episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and anime like Samurai Seven. The PIXAR film, A Bug's Life even took some cues from Seven Samurai!
If you want to see just how great movies can be, check out Seven Samurai.
Great movie but for those looking for action it does start out slow and periodically gets more intense as it goes on. For a black & white foreign flick, its really good. I didnt even mind reading subtitles. Listening to it in its native language somehow added to the experience. I can honestly say I was entertained by this film for the 3 hours it runs for
There are films that are difficult to define or explain in plain terms, as to their quality aspects. " Seven Samurai " fortunately is not one of those films. In Historical terms, this film has to be considered one of the greatest adventure films ever to be exported outside of Japan. Akira Kurosawa is a master at character development, with a slow methodical briliance of one who can take a script and masterfully translate it to film.
Luckily for Akira Kurosawa, he had the advantage of directing at a studio (Toho) willing to take chances and had the expertise to create the background and effects to support this Master film Maker's vision of the old world, in a very authentic manner, teleporting the viewer into Samurai society where honor and a code of ethics are still a core belief in feudal Japan.
You would think that it would be difficult to sit thru a 207 minute film, but this is a very special film that will have your complete attention, by 5 minutes into the first half. At the end of the film you will be completely exhausted by the action and drama this film contains.
Criterion's remaster of this film gem is the best sounding and clearest visually speaking, I have seen of this film. Its money well spent and I doubt there is a better DVD version of this film, elsewhere.
Seven Samurai is just one of those films that you can talk about, without doing it justice. Its an event, not a movie..
Five Star Rating * * * * *
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
Movie is 3 hours long but it doesn’t seem like it when you watch it. I watched 13 assassins first and I see where that movie got it’s influence. Glad I picked this movie up!