Seven Samurai* (Shichinin No Samurai)

  • 1954 ----- b & w ----- 197 min ----- vhs///
  • (Directed by Akira Kurosawa; with Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Yoshio Inaba) For years a 16th century Japanese farm village has been constantly at the mercy of roving bandits. The distressed rice farmers have seen their town torn apart, themselves beaten and robbed, their women kidnapped and raped. Anticipating another raid, the community attempts in desperation to hire professional warriors for protection--with nothing to offer the samurai but three meals a day. One by one the samurai are recruited and begin to prepare for the moment when they must prove their courage. (In Japanese with English subtitles) (Restricted to classroom use only)
  • Topics: (Asian Languages and Literature, Japan, Motion Pictures: Features)