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Plot, Details & Awards

Seven Samurai

(1954)
Not Yet Rated In Theaters 12/10/1996 , 204min.
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Plot & Details

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 (Toshiro Mifune), who poses as a samurai but is later revealed to be the son of a farmer. Kambei assembles four other samurais, including Kyuzo (Seiji Miyaguchi), a master swordsman, to round out the group. Together they consolidate the village's defenses and shape the villagers into a militia, while the bandits loom menacingly nearby. Soon raids and counter-raids build to a final bloody heart-wrenching battle.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1956 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Costume Design Kohei Ezaki Nominated
1956 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Takashi Matsuyama Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1955 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film - Any Source Akira Kurosawa Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1955 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film - Any Source Akira Kurosawa Nominated

Venice International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1954 Venice International Film Festival Silver Lion Akira Kurosawa Won

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