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Seven samurai
DVD
2006
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Akira Kurosawa's epic tale concerns honor and duty during a time when the old traditional order is breaking down. The film opens with master samurai Kambei (Takashi Shimura) posing as a monk to save a kidnapped farmer's child. Impressed by his selflessness and bravery, a group of farmers begs him to defend their terrorized village from bandits. Kambei agrees, although there is no material gain or honor to be had in the endeavor. Soon he attracts a pair of followers: a young samurai named Katsushiro (Isao Kimura), who quickly becomes Kambei's disciple, and boisterous Kikuchiyo (Toshiro Mifune), who poses as a samurai but is later revealed to be the son of a farmer. Kambei assembles four other samurais, including Kyuzo (Seiji Miyaguchi), a master swordsman, to round out the group. Together they consolidate the village's defenses and shape the villagers into a militia, while the bandits loom menacingly nearby. Soon raids and counter-raids build to a final bloody heart-wrenching battle. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
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Generally acknowledged as the greatest Japanese film, Akira Kurosawa's classic about seven hired swords picked to protect a feudal farming village from brigands has the distinction of being among the initial foreign films remade stateside (as the entertaining but lesser The Magnificent Seven). Upgraded in 2006 from a prior release, that extensive makeover has been tweaked for its magnificent Blu-ray debut, with a plethora of extras adding luster to a film that even viewers who don't like reading subtitles can enjoy. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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