Directed by Akira Kurosawa • 1954 • Japan
Starring Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima
One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, SEVEN SAMURAI (SHICHININ NO SAMURAI) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira Kurosawa, featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura, seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope.
This commentary features the renowned scholars and critics David Desser, Joan Mellen, Stephen Prince, Tony Rayns, and Donald Richie discussing SEVEN SAMURAI’s signature style, historical importance, and ongoing influence. They were recorded individually in 2005 and 2006.
Filmed for the Directors Guild of Japan in 1993, this program features director Akira Kurosawa in conversation with his fellow filmmaker Nagisa Oshima. The two speak at length about Kurosawa’s life and career.
Samurai occupied a prominent place in Japanese film long before the celebrated heroes of Akira Kurosawa’s SEVEN SAMURAI. This 2006 documentary takes a close look at the history of the samurai and the influence of the samurai figure in cinema leading up to and culminating in Kurosawa’s masterpiece.