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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.
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.
This is my favorite film of all time. There isn't a flaw in sight.
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.
One of the greatest films ever!
This film is the absolute gold standard for all other action/drama films. A pure masterpiece of storytelling that has withstood the test of time. It has been remade in different forms many times, but never duplicated.
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 1954
- © 1954 Toho Co., Ltd. English subtitled version & 2006 Toho International Co., Ltd.