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The Seven Samurai

The Seven Samurai(1954)

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Quotes

  • Kikuchiyo  

    What do you think of farmers? You think they're saints? Hah! They're foxy beasts! They say, "We've got no rice, we've no wheat. We've got nothing!" But they have! They have everything! Dig under the floors! Or search the barns! You'll find plenty! Beans, salt, rice, cake! Look in the valleys, they've got hidden warehouses! They pose as saints but are full of lies! If they smell a battle, they hunt the defeated! They're nothing but stingy, greedy, blubbering, foxy, and mean! God damn it all! But then who made them such beasts? You did! You samurai did it! You burn their villages! Destroy their farms! Steal their food! Force them to labour! Take their women! And kill them if they resist! So what should farmers do?

  • Kambei Shimada  

    Go to the north. The decisive battle will be fought there.

  • Gorobei Katayama  

    Why didn't you build a fence there?

  • Kambei Shimada  

    A good fort needs a gap. The enemy must be lured in. So we can attack them. If we only defend, we lose the war.

  • Gisaku  

    Find hungry samurai.

  • Kambei Shimada  

    You embarrass me. You're overestimating me. Listen, I'm not a man with any special skill, but I've had plenty of experience in battles; losing battles, all of them. In short, that's all I am. Drop such an idea for your own good.

  • Katsushiro  

    No Sir, my decision has been made. I'll follow you sir.

  • Kambei Shimada  

    I forbid it. I can't afford to take a kid with me.

  • Kambei Shimada  

    It's impossible.

  • Katsushiro  

    Sir! Why not arm them with... ?

  • Kambei Shimada  

    I thought of that, too.

  • Katsushiro  

    But sir.

  • Kambei Shimada  

    This would not be a game. A band of forty bandits! Two or three "samurai" could accomplish nothing. Defense is harder than offense. Mountains in the back of the village?