Japan 2020: Seven Samurai

Japan 2020: Seven Samurai

classified PG S

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Director:
Akira Kurosawa
Cast:
Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune, Seiji Miyaguchi
Details:
207 mins, Subtitled, 1954, Japan
Primary language:
Japanese

Strongly influenced by the poetic westerns of John Ford, Kurosawa’s story of farmers recruiting a motley troupe of samurai to help them fend off bandits in turn had a huge impact on subsequent westerns and action films. Kurosawa expertly sustains the suspense over a lengthy duration, instilling the story with an almost Shakespearian grandeur.