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Directed by Akira Kurosawa

Japan 1954 207 mins. In Japanese

Kurosawa’s humanistic masterpiece of honor and courage takes place in a small 18th-century village in the Japanese countryside, where peasants eke out a meager existence from their crops. Threatened by a rogue band of thieves intent on pillaging their food supply, the villagers are forced to hire protection: seven lone samurai, led by Kurosawa regulars Takashi Shimura and Toshirô Mifune. As the inevitable clash between the samurai and the marauders nears, love blossoms between a young samurai and a village daughter, sparking debates of not only tradition versus modernity but also of the samurai code and its catastrophic effect on the possibility of living a long, peaceful life. “Not only a great film in its own right but the source of a genre that would flow through the rest of the century.”—Roger Ebert.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama

Appears in: Samurai Cinema