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by Allan Fish

(Japan 1954 207m) DVD1/2

Aka. Shichi-nin no Samurai

The One and Only Magnificent Seven

p  Shojiro Motoki  d  Akira Kurosawa  w  Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Mashimoto, Hideo Oguni  ph  Asaichi Nakai  ed  Akira Kurosawa  m  Fumio Hayasaka  art  Takashi Matsuyama 

Toshiro Mifune (Kikuchiyo), Takashi Shimura (Kambei), Yoshio Inaba (Gorobei), Kuninori Kodo (Gisaku), Seiji Miyaguchi (Kyuzo), Daisuke Kato (Schichiroji), Minoru Chiaki (Heihachi), Ko Kimura (Katsushiro), Keiko Tsushima (Shino), Yukiko Shimazaki (Wife), Kamatari Fujiwara (Manzo), Bokuzen Hidari (Yohei),

The Seven Samurai is one of those films that has entered popular myth, the sort of film that brings together the art-house loving intelligentsia and the plain old “I know what I like” film fan in its praise.  It was the first Kurosawa film to be remade in Hollywood (as The Magnificent Seven – a fine film, but those who put it remotely in the same category are living in fantasy land), a trend later followed by The Hidden Fortress and Yojimbo, which were reworked as Star Wars and A Fistful of Dollars respectively.  For the time, it’s an incredibly long film, nearly 3½ hours long which, for what is essentially an action film, is quite a long stretch.  Not a great deal happens for the first hour, but when the action does come and the tension erupts, no screen on earth could contain the excitement.  (more…)

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