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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Takashi Shimura
Toshiro Mifune
Yoshio Inaba
Minoru Chiaki
Directors
Akira Kurosawa
Screenwriters
Akira Kurosawa
Shinobu Hashimoto
Hideo Oguni
Running Time
200 minutes

Seven Samurai
Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece


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Seven Samurai

Plot
A veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times, answers a village's 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.


Verdict
The battle that spans the last hour of the film is among the greatest in the cinema, as the bandit cavalry attack the fortified village in driving rain and the samurai individually and collectively take their stand, their reward a bowl of rice or a burial mound.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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