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Seven Samurai / Shichi-Nin No Samurai

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
9.77 /10
Takashi Shimura , Toshiro Mifune , Yoshio Inaba
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Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
Written by: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto

Released: 1954
Origin: Japan
Length: 208


Seven warriors defend a 16th century village from bandits.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Kurosawa's period action-movie was the costliest film ever to have been made in Japan. He creates a wonderful atmosphere of suspense and makes clever use of comic relief; the final battle sequences are brilliantly choreographed. The story and style of shooting were clearly influenced by American westerns; later, Hollywood repaid the compliment, re-set the picture in the Old West, and called it The Magnificent Seven . (Even later, there was a sci-fi rip-off, Battle Beyond the Stars ). Kurosawa's characters are, to my western eyes at least, slightly less developed and therefore less moving than the ones in the cowboy version; but this is still a masterpiece. Winner of a Venice Festival Lion, and Oscar-nominated for art direction (Takashi Matsuyama) and costume design (Ezaki Kohei).

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