Seven Samurai

Release Date: November 19th, 1956

DVD Release Date: August 5th, 1998

Not Yet Rated |3 hr 28 min

Plot Summary

A samurai answers a village's request for protection after he falls on hard times. The town needs protection from bandits, so the samurai gathers six others to help him teach the people how to defend themselves, and the villagers provide the soldiers with food. A giant battle occurs when 40 bandits attack the village.

Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Yoshio Inaba, Seiji Miyaguchi, Minoru Chiaki, Daisuke Kato, Isao Kimura, Kunihori Kodo

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Genres: Action

Production Co: Toho Company

Distributors: Columbia Pictures

Keywords: Rescue , Quest , Sacrifice , Tense , Rivalry ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    David SterrittChristian 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. show more

  • 100
    Jami BernardNew York Daily News

    It's impossible to imagine how the action genre would have developed without Akira Kurosawa's watershed 1954 movie Seven Samurai. show more

  • 100
    Ty BurrBoston Globe

    Moves like hot mercury, and it draws a viewer so thoroughly into its world that real life can seem thick and dull when the lights come up. show more

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Awards

Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1956)
Nominated Costume Design (Black-and-White)
Nominated Art Direction (Black-and-White)