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An undisputed masterpiece of world cinema
Back Seven Samurai
 
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Tuesday, 04 November 2014 at 6pm
Japanese season
  • Classic action drama
  • 1954
  • Japan
  • B&W
  • 190 mins.
 
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One of the most influential films ever made, Kurosawa's thrilling epic adventure features stunning action sequences, memorable characters and an engrossing story of heroism and humanity. The tale of a poor village under attack by bandits and the seven Samurai employed to defend them has inspired countless Westerns, War, Heist and Caper films with its brilliant combination of action, social drama, comedy and adventure. The visual and emotional power of Kurosawa's masterpiece has made it a firm favourite of successive generations of filmgoers, film makers and critics. Don't miss the opportunity to see and discover this timeless classic on the big screen!

Made in 1954, this is perhaps Kurosawa's most famous film. It was a blockbuster in every sense, being the most expensive Japanese film ever made (after Kurosawa insisted on shooting everything on location) and running to almost four hours in length. It's a period film (or jidaigeki) conceived on an epic scale, pitting Takashi Shimura's wise, zen-like leader against the wildcat intensity of Toshiro Mifune's son-of-a-farmer samurai. Along with five other swords-for-hire (of mixed ability), they are employed by farmers to protect their village from raiding bandits. What follows is pure cinematic dynamite. 

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Director:

 
Akira Kurosawa

Cinematographer:

 
Asakasu Nakai

Screenplay:

 
Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni

Cast:

 
Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune, Yoshio Inaba, Seiji Miyaguchi, Minoru Chiaki, Daisuke Kato, Isao Kimura, Kamatari Fujiwara

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