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also known as Shichinin no samurai

Seven Samurai1954

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  • 4.7
One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, SEVEN SAMURAI tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira Kurosawa, featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura, seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope.

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It seemed more like a documentary than a work of fiction. These were people, not actors. Believable. Excellent. The director was merciful in limiting the mood music. The story didn't need it. The ebbs and flows, the successes and failures, the courage and cowardice, the generous and the schemers - all are here and all are believable. Though long, the film was not overly long - I can't put my finger on any scene or group of scenes that might have been limited. This was about life, and the showed it well. Probably the best movie I have ever seen. I was there, and I saw it happening. It was real.

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It seemed more like a documentary than a work of fiction. These were people, not actors. Believable. Excellent. The director was merciful in limiting the mood music. The story didn't need it. The ebbs and flows, the successes and failures, the courage and cowardice, the generous and the schemers - all are here and all are believable. Though long, the film was not overly long - I can't put my finger on any scene or group of scenes that might have been limited. This was about life, and the showed it well. Probably the best movie I have ever seen. I was there, and I saw it happening. It was real.

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Kurosawa's trademark film has been imitated and borrowed from so many times--from westerns to space operas--that it's invigorating to go back and watch it the original. It almost feels like watching it for the first time. "Seven Samurai" lives up to its legend: it is one of the truly great epic motion pictures of all time.

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I love the first half more, the drama of assembling the 7 samurai. The 2nd half is mostly combat; well done, but not my cuppa tea. Objectively, a fine film.

A perfect film through and through. Don't let the running time scare you. This film is breathtakingly beautiful, and the characters are fully fleshed and memorable. This movie does everything perfectly. It's hard to find a better way to spend 3.5 hours.

Very poorly done. Someone else may like the movie but I did not.