Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai)
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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… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The greatest movie ever made about warriors and battle."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Besides the well-manned battlescenes, the pic has a good feeling for characterization and time."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"I can think of a several samurai films that I prefer to this, but it's still a solid film."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
"Famous epic with stylish violence and subtitles."
‑ David Gurney, Common Sense Media
"An enduring classic."
‑ , Film4
"Again and again, Kurosawa sends a dark thrill through his audience with a touch of sensuous physical reality."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The epic action scenes involving cavalry and samurai are still without peer."
‑ , Time Out
"The legendary Mifune leads a superb cast, and Kurosawa's kinetic camera keeps the adventure sizzling with energy and wit from start to finish."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Synthesizes the traditions of the samurai narrative and the American western to create an intimate epic with deeply felt ground-level consequences. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"...suffers from an absurdly overlong running time that often threatens to negate its more overtly positive attributes..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Kurosawa's film is a model of long-form construction, ably fitting its asides and anecdotes into a powerful suspense structure that endures for all of the film's 208 minutes."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Seven Samurai is an unforgettable masterpiece -- the work of one of the world's greatest filmmakers at the height of his powers."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Kurosawa deflates the myth of the noble samurai without actually debunking it, and stages some great action sequences."
‑ , Total Film
"Kurosawa's intention of making his first period film "entertaining enough to eat" is brought to that palpable condition through [Toshiro] Mifune's endlessly watchable peasant warrior."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Arguably the most influential epic ever made, Kurosawa's 1954 film is a veritable textbook on how to shoot, cut, frame and present violence on screen; Sergio Leone, Arthur Penn, Sam Peckinpah, Michael Mann and many others owe huge debut to the master"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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