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16,846 Ratings

Seven Samurai

Shichinin no samurai

Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Japan, 1954
Drama, Action, Adventure


A sixteenth century farming village requests protection from the seven samurai against a horde of bandits who have warned they will return when the crops are ripe. A gripping three hour ride that inspired the Hollywood remake, The Magnificent Seven.

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Seven Samurai Directed by Akira Kurosawa

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1954 | Winner: Silver Lion

Academy Awards

1957 | 2 nominations including: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White

BAFTA Awards

1956 | 3 nominations including: Best Film from any Source

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1956 | 2nd place: Best Foreign Language Film

Critics reviews

Kurosawa’s dense, muscular compositions in Seven Samurai can hardly contain the volatile performance of this Toshiro Typhoon, whose swaggering exaggeration in the early sequences imperils the surrounding rice paddies more than it does the marauders. Mifune’s modulation from manic to tragic in Samurai is one of the great achievements of his career, and signals the depth and range of his acting.
July 04, 2018
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It’s fiercely entertaining in a way that might remind viewers just how hard it is to achieve that nebulous goal—to amuse as well as to awe. It may be for this reason that it’s referred to as being Kurosawa’s most “Americanized” film, though it could likewise be considered his gift to the West.
January 13, 2017
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