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…
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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