Seven Samurai


Action / Adventure / Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 97%
IMDb Rating 8.7 10 285114


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Toshirô Mifune as Kikuchiyo
Tatsuya Nakadai as Samurai Wandering Through Town
Takashi Shimura as Kambei Shimada
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1.65 GB
23.976 fps
3hr 27 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Platypuschow 9 / 10

Shichinin no samurai: Simply outstanding

I've been on a Toho binge for a while now and for the most part the films have been enjoyable, especially those by Kurosawa.

The earlier films were dark, bleak and unsettling viewing and therefore going into Seven Samurai I was of two minds. First I expected more of the same, in both quality and tone but then on the flipside at time of writing this is ranked as the 19th highest rated movie on IMDB which is incredible.

My expectations were that it would be good, but that's about it. Seeing Takashi Shimura in the credits also confirmed my logic that this was going to at least be an entertaining three and a half hours.

I was mistaken, Seven Samurai is not's outstanding.

Wonderfully crafted, perfectly scored, incredibly choreographed, well acted and beautifully written this is well deserving of it's high place and I would consider it nothing short of a masterpiece.

If you check out my IMDB rating distribution it's very clear to see that getting anything higher than an eight is a rarity, this deserves it on so many levels.

I didn't expect this level of quality further as generally I don't tend to agree with titles in the IMDB top 250, this however I do I thoroughly unconditionally agree.

A masterpiece and essential viewing, I don't even need to give the premise of the movie in this review and must simply stress that this is film making mastery at its finest.

The Good:

Takashi Shimura

Very well shot for its time

Perfectly crafted

The Bad:

Nothing springs to mind

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Akira Kurosawas should be a household name, not Bruckheimer or Bay!

I'll put money down now that none of the remakes or movies heavily influenced by Seven Samurai comes close in quality

Reviewed by stabers 10 / 10

The Pinnacle of Filmmaking

There's not much I can say about Seven Samurai that hasn't already been said.

It's arguably the most well conceived and well executed film in the history of filmmaking (in my opinion). While this is a film with content that is steeped in historical Japanese culture, it portrays so many things that are undeniably human. It comes from a time when cinema still aimed at being the one artistic expression that could cross cultural boundaries like no other. Offering audiences from any background the chance to share an experience that connected with our most basic elements of humanity, and could result in creating shared experiences. As opposed to today's cinema that aims at polarization in the name of creating "buzz." This what movies should aspire to be and what filmmakers should aspire to make.

Also, there's swords!

Reviewed by Aodhanrooney 10 / 10

A Samurai Masterpiece!

Though, Seven Samurai is overlong, it is a true masterpiece and accomplishment in filmmaking. Akira Kurosawa is a unique director and has a wondrous vision.

Seven Samurai's first two hours is melodramatic. It features a tale of powerless villagers, whom are in shortage of food, and defenceless against a heavily armed gang of mischievous bandits. In order to restore their sanctuary and stow off the bandits, seven samurai warriors are formed and trained up in the tactics of field combat, to fight of the bandits.

These pleasing two hours are live up to their fulfilment and the characters are introduced and developed, splendidly. There is enough to please movie-goers, here, and fans of old, classic movies will find Seven Samurai satisfactory. It kick started the Hollywood western, The Magnificent Seven, which is, too, a classic.

There is no closure to pleasing samurai fans, and the Japanese audience, in particular, will find that there is nothing displeasing, here.

The Fantastically written script of melodramatic elements, in its first two hours, leads, promisingly, to an hour and a half of spectacular stunt takes and field combat sequences. The Seven Samurai themselves are to be made noteworthy of this, for they are the show-stealers and stars of the show. This will meet fan's satisfactory, as the combat sequences are filmed so well, and the performances are nothing short of mesmerising.

This spectacular movie is a classic and achievable in many ways, leaving generations of fans and Akira Kurosawa fans, alike, to a legacy of magnificent art.

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