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A True Classic
This is a beautifully written, directed, acted, and edited film about life in 1580's rural Japan. The realities of that life, in all of it's harshness, are presented without pretense or embellishment. Settings, photography, and music simple enhance the story. My personal number one of all time.
- kevin sellers
The Magnificent Who? How ironic is it that the greatest Western ever made is an Eastern? ("Searchers" fans will disagree, of course, and that's fine). Just three hours plus of sheer, unadulterated cinematic storytelling genius by Akira Kurosawa, wonderfully paced, with nothing even approaching a dead spot, with the perfect mixture of characterization and action. And the two leading performances by Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura will linger in the mind, well, forever. Certainly belongs in any movie lover's top 100. Give it an A for Akira. P.S. John Sturges' 1960 remake is in every sense inferior to the original with the one shining exception of the music. Elmer B, I miss you!
an event which influenced some of the greatest story and film makers of all time. it continues to inspire many talented people today and will continue to do so as long as people are still what they are. the man who was the writer/director of this movie was perhaps the greatest international director in the history of world cinema. because of him and people who have worked so hard.. japan will always be considered one of the greatest story making countries in the world.
The Seven Samurai
The quintessential samurai film and director Kurosawa's greatest achievement. A band of ronin offer protection to a village being raided by bandit's. The ensemble, headed by Shimura and Mifune give solid, excellent performances. The visually breathtaking visual's capture the climatic and violent fights while the story shows the humanity of the samurai while unmasking their stereotypes. Kurosawa was inspired by the films of John Ford to make this film, and this epic-action film was the inspiration for "The Magnificent Seven." I give it a 5/5.
The Seven Samurai
The greatest adventure action movie ever made.Bar none.A super realistic look at feudal Japan with bad guys and good guys clearly demarcated unlike our modern world.
Best movie ever
I first saw Seven Samurai at the University of Kansas in the 1960's. The imagery stuck with me and when I saw it again in 2003 I lived it all over again. It's a movie of bravery, comraderie, loyalty and male bonding in battle. It's not hard to see why so many viewers consider it the best movie ever made.I began assembling a collection of Japanese movies containing the character actors of the 1950s and 1960s, many of whom Kurosawa used over and over. That was a very rich period in Japanese cinema and it was a terrible shame to see it fade away. Only a handful of Japanese movies have equaled that period since then.There's been sporadic talk of a remake of Seven Samurai but I hope no one attempts it. It's fine as it is and a remake would be a huge disservice to Kurosawa's memory.
A grand film that deserves a modern remake
This is one of the great stories from the large history of the samurai. But it has only recieved moderate applause. While the last stand of the samurai (fittingly show in "The Last Samurai") and Shinsengumi (samurai fighting for the emperor during Japan's revolution) have had there stories told countless times and through countless avenues. If Hollywood needs a new blockbuster, look no further than a grand remake of an equally grand story.*excuss any spelling errors*
The Single Greatest Film of All Time
The Seven Samurai is, in my humble opinion, the greatest film ever made. The movie is very complex, with many layers. And every single character is fully developed and four dimensional. Technically, it is fantastic, with great black and white photography and the best directing ever done by Kurosawa (no mean feat). And while the movie is 207 minutes long, it hardly seems like it. Its pace is such and it grabs one's attention so that he or she forgets the passage of time.
One of the Greatest Films Ever Made
To find another movie with this much depth is not an easy task
Rose McGowan's post film comments were stupid
What a fascinating movie. No wonder it has been imitated and copied many times. How moronically stupid were Rose McGowan's comments after the movie. What an airhead! She went on and on about how long the movie was. Honey, go read War and Peace....is that too long for your pinhead attention span. Talk about something important. TCM needs to ditch this bimbo. Surely there are some intelligent movie starlets out there with artistic and historical sensibilities. This movie is a diamond. Rose is pure zirconium!
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- STEVE M.
Kurosawa's best Samurai film
- Brad Paige
Seven Samurai is the best single example of the samurai warrior code (Bushido) in action. The film is both touching and exciting with a good dose of humor from Mifune's character thrown in for good measure. Although it has been copied many times and today may seem almost cliched, its charm and passion give the film unparalleled appeal.