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Seven Samurai


Akira Kurosawa

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About the Movie

One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai (Shichinin no 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 57
  • Fresh: 57
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 9.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: [Kurosawa] has loaded his film with unusual and exciting physical incidents and made the whole thing graphic in a hard, realistic western style. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Again and again, Kurosawa sends a dark thrill through his audience with a touch of sensuous physical reality. – TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Besides the well-manned battlescenes, the pic has a good feeling for characterization and time. – Variety Staff, Variety, Mar 26, 2013

Fresh: Rich in detail, vivid in characterization, leisurely in exposition, this 207-minute epic is bravura filmmaking. – J. Hoberman, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


A movie that, for once lives up to its reputation . Don't let the length of the movie intimidate you, just watch and soak it in.


This is my favorite film of all time. There isn't a flaw in sight.


One of the best movies ever! Do not let the subtitles or length scare you away. If you have not seen it: see it!!

Seven Samurai
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 1954

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