Seven Samurai

classified PG S

Please note: This was screened in Nov 2021

Akira Kurosawa
Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima
207 mins, Subtitled, 1954, Japan
Primary language

Genuinely epic in scale and tone, Akira Kurosawa’s hugely influential samurai movie is a towering achievement.

When 16th-century farmers whose village is repeatedly attacked by merciless bandits ask an elderly, masterless samurai for help, he hesitantly agrees and assembles a band of warriors to defend and train the villagers...

Boasting terrific performances (with Shimura and Toshiro Mifune – as a peasant masquerading as a samurai – particularly memorable), superb camerawork, and expertly mounted battle sequences, Seven Samurai is undoubtedly one of the greatest action movies ever made.

Screening as part of Japan 2020: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network.