Seven samurai

Seven samurai

DVD - 2006 | Japanese
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A 16th century Japanese farming community has been victimized by bandits, year after year. Desperate to find some means of ending the terror, the villagers hire seven unemployed samurai to help defend them.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2006
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 1558409975
Branch Call Number: JPN MOVIE SEV
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (207 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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rhodo86
Apr 09, 2016

Raw showcase of human nature via multi plots that took over centre stage like incoming waves for three hours. Glad when it all ended, was feeling mentally exhausted. The Magnificent Seven was supposed to be a remake of this movie but obviously targeted a very different group of viewers, and I don't mean East vs. West. Great movie but not for everybody.

X_andor_Who Mar 27, 2014

Seven Samurai (Japanese movie):
I felt that the expressions portrayed on the characters’ chiseled faces bleed a sort of pure-hearted kabuki style of artful acting. I think that the expressions, no matter what they were expressing, were done with an utmost seeming sincerity for parts they portrayed and played.
I finely felt that the aura of humility emanated from the meek farmers in the opening of this movie, with regards to the stern severity and heavy harshness, projected an apt and accurate kind of depicting world in which they, the meek minded farmers, were being forced to face.
Brutal battle bouts happened over the course of several daunting days; and ultimately, several samurai fell against the massive hordes of murdering and pillaging marauders.
So many variations and ways were amongst the samurai heroes: wisdom, compassion, techniques, humor, and personal honors.
Ganbei was the wise discerning tactician and group leader.
Kyzou was the, mostly quiescent, master swordsman that had his sword do the talking.
Katsushiro, the neophyte and novice samurai-in-training, who was from the aristocracy, acted also like a bard absorbing his new sights and saga journeys amongst his heroes, the samurais.
Most of the hero samurai are mild mannered except for Mifune (aka:Kikkochu), who mostly had acted like a big, grown up kid. But Kikkochu has dramatic originating reasons for these manners, which gets revealed in the movie towards the end.
Three of the samurai seemed interchangeable to me at most times, and I often forgot which was which as they did not seem to be as distinguishable in character and in bodily appearance as those I previously listed.
To those who transcribed and pieced together the English subtitles, I thought they were done as with a cautious eloquence and with a keen crispness. The seeming flow of words, were as of the human soul that stirs in each of us, telling of the ambience of one’s naturally feeling environment.
And the ambient auditory and visual aesthetics of the outer-world stages were pretty and pleasing.
The movie has two terrific audio soundtracks with expertise commentary coming from masters, whom study Japanese film cinema and whom exclusively study Akira Kurosawa films. When one finishes this movie on one’s own, I’d recommend listening to at least one of the two commentary tracks. If it’s your first run thru of this movie, it might not be too tough to listen to the commentaries…in fact it might make it more easy and enjoyable to listen to the commentaries first…I just suggested that one might want to first enjoy this film without commentaries so as not be told the director’s every employed technique and every employed plot device. But by whatever is chosen, Seven Samurai will still be an awesome experience (to be beheld by any connoisseur of the cinema experience). So enjoy!

Additional thoughts: Several years ago I had watched the animated, science-fiction, version of the original Seven Samurai movie. Another thought dealing with correlation comes to mind when watching the movie, “Last Samurai”, were it seems some scenes are of similar and of verisimilar scope to that of the “Seven Samurai” film.
Even if the movie was done in black and white, which I don’t personally mind, it still was a magnificent movie. To all who were responsible for this movie, it was an excellent construction and collaboration of classical cinematography. Thank you. Rating: 5.0/5.0; Xandor Who

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paulkarlson
Feb 28, 2012

5 of 5 stars. Just great storytelling. Filmed in black and white, which adds to the Japanese compositions.

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mkdyer
Nov 30, 2011

The best samurai movie ever, watch this and all other movies about samurai are cartoons compared.

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NobleSix
May 15, 2011

This is an epic film!

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