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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.
Fresh: Again and again, Kurosawa sends a dark thrill through his audience with a touch of sensuous physical reality.
Fresh: Besides the well-manned battlescenes, the pic has a good feeling for characterization and time.
Fresh: Rich in detail, vivid in characterization, leisurely in exposition, this 207-minute epic is bravura filmmaking.
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!!
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 1954
- © 1954 Toho Co., Ltd. English subtitled version & 2006 Toho International Co., Ltd.