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Akira Kurosawa: Four Samurai Classics (Criterion) Disc 1: Seven Samurai (1954)
Rating:
Starring: Yoshio Inaba, Toshiro Mifune, Seiji Miyaguchi, Takashi Shimura
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Category: Action / Adventure, Foreign, Classics
Studio: Criterion
Subtitles:
English, Japanese
Length:
203 mins

 
 

 

Dual layer edition - restored picture and sound

A veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times, answers a villages request for protection from bandits. He gathers 6 other samurai to help him, and they teach the townspeople how to defend themselves, and they supply the samurai with three small meals a day. The film culminates in a giant battle when 40 bandits attack the village.
A village is constantly attacked by well armed bandits. One day after an attack they seek the wisdom of an elder who tells them they cannot afford weapons, but they can find men with weapons, Samurai, who will fight for them, if they find Samurai who are in down on their luck and wondering where their next meal will come from. They find a very experienced Samurai with a good heart who agrees to recruit their party for them. He selects five genuine Samurai and one who is suspect but the seven return to the village to protect it from the forty plus bandits.