Seven Samurai (1954)

This is the only one of Mutant’s choices that I didn’t have a choice with.

She knows how much I dislike movies not in English and the thought of making me watch a 3.5 hours classic entirely in Japanese must have made her feel like a James Bond villain.

Let’s see if she managed to drive me crazy on this one…


seven samurai“This is the nature of war. By protecting others, you save yourselves.” – Kambei Shimada

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Aug 2015)

Brief Synopsis – After their village is threatened by bandits, the farmers decide to hire seven samurai warriors to help them defend themselves and their families

My Take on it – Being that I am not a fan of foreign language films at all, I have purposely avoided watching this one for a very long time.

Adding to the fact that it’s nearly 3.5 hours of Japanese, I just didn’t have much of an inclination to watch it until I was now “forced” to do it.

I loved how the story was told and how they took their time to tell it.  I am not afraid of long movies and this movie is further proof that a long movie can be great if done properly.

Nothing is rushed along and we get to understand the characters and their situations much better because it is being told in a certain way.

Both the exposition scenes and action scenes are done exceptionally well and we get to see the full scope of the story as it is played out.

I liked how they used visual ‘aids’ in order to help us keep track of the layout of the village and the dwindling numbers of the bandits. This is quite a clever way to keep us fully informed.

All that being said, I can confidentially say that IF I see this again it will probably take a few years til I am able to get over the exhaustive feeling of watching this great movie solely in Japanese.

I can now understand why this is considered one of the best movies ever made and I’m actually glad that Mutant made me watch it.

Bottom Line – Great epic movie that takes its time and doesn’t rush anything.  Despite it being in a foreign language I enjoyed it immensely.  Excellent way of telling a story. I now understand why so many people love this movie. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The first draft, written by Shinobu Hashimoto, was written “freely,” as instructed by Kurosawa, and wound up 500 pages long.(From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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19 thoughts on “Seven Samurai (1954)

  1. Great review, Rob. I’m glad you were forced to be open minded here 😉

    That final battle was epic, eh! Did you notice 7’s influence on American cinema though? I also love some of these characters. I try and watch this every year to keep me grounded, and remind me what cinema is all about. Plus, how great is it to step into another culture’s history.

    Thanks for the quick write up and spotlighting this for the younger set. Listen to, Rob. Watch this! (And get ready for new Denzel & Chris Pratt remake)


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