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From left to right: Gorobei (Yoshio Inaba), Kikuchiyo (Toshiro Mifune), Shichiroji (Daisuke Katô), Heihachi (Minoru Chiaki), Katsushiro (Isao [aka
From left to right: Gorobei (Yoshio Inaba), Kikuchiyo (Toshiro Mifune), Shichiroji (Daisuke Katô), Heihachi (Minoru Chiaki), Katsushiro (Isao [aka "Ko"] Kimura - kneeling), Kambei (Takashi Shimura), and Kyuzo (Seiji Miyaguchi).

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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 84
Notable as: Samurai cinemaGenre: Historical drama, Samurai cinema, Existentialism, Art film, Action Film, DramaRuntime: 141 - 207 minutesLanguage: JapaneseCountry: JapanFilming location: JapanDirector: Akira KurosawaScreenwriter: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo OguniMusic: Fumio HayasakaCinematography: Asakazu NakaiStars: Takashi Shimura, Toshirō Mifune, Seiji Miyaguchi, Minoru Chiaki, Isao Kimura, Keiko Tsushima, Bokuzen Hidari, Yoshio Inaba, Daisuke Katō Producer: Sōjirō MotokiAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Black and White
Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

Seven Samurai is a 1954 Japanese period adventure drama film co-written, edited, and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film takes place in 1587 during the Warring States Period of Japan. It follows the story of a village of farmers that hire seven masterless samurai to combat bandits who will return after the harvest to steal their crops. Seven Samurai has been described as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made, and is one of a select few Japanese films to become widely known in the West for an extended period of time. It is the subject of both popular and critical acclaim; it was voted onto the top three of the Sight & Sound critics' list of greatest films of all time in 1982, and onto the directors' top ten films lists in the 1992 and 2002 polls.


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