Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai)
Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) (1956)

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.… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: November 19, 1956
DVD Release Date: March 1, 1999
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Consensus: Arguably Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece, The Seven Samurai is an epic adventure classic with an engrossing story, memorable characters, and stunning action sequences that make it one of the most influential films ever made.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

The greatest movie ever made about warriors and battle.

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Variety Staff

Besides the well-manned battlescenes, the pic has a good feeling for characterization and time.

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Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

I can think of a several samurai films that I prefer to this, but it's still a solid film.

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TIME Magazine

Again and again, Kurosawa sends a dark thrill through his audience with a touch of sensuous physical reality.

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Time Out

The epic action scenes involving cavalry and samurai are still without peer.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The legendary Mifune leads a superb cast, and Kurosawa's kinetic camera keeps the adventure sizzling with energy and wit from start to finish.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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James Berardinelli

Seven Samurai is an unforgettable masterpiece -- the work of one of the world's greatest filmmakers at the height of his powers.

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Total Film

Kurosawa deflates the myth of the noble samurai without actually debunking it, and stages some great action sequences.

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Flixster Audience Score: 97% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
When it comes to all-time classic films, the title Seven Samurai gets thrown around a lot. Released in 1954, spawning many different versions as time went on,… More
xGary Xx
A rural village in feudal Japan decides to fight back against the bandits who have been raiding them by hiring samurai from a nearby town. One of the many… More
Kase Vollebregt
Kurosawa's perfected blend of action, humor, and pathos is on display in this masterpiece. Three and a half hours never felt so short and entertaining.
Alex roy
So many words come to mind in describing Akira Kurosawa's epic action drama Seven Samurai. This is filmmaking at its very best. This is an expertly crafted… More
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Lucas Martins
Ones of the rare film, that we could say that it's perfect.