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Seven Samurai

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Original title
Shichinin no Samurai (Seven Samurai)
Year
Running time
205 min.
Country
Japan Japan
Director
Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni
Music
Fumio Hayasaka
Cinematography
Asakazu Nakai (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Toho
Genre
Adventure. Drama | Feudal Japan. 16th Century. Samurai. Cult Movie
Synopsis / Plot
Set in 16th Century Japan, Akira Kurosawa's 'Seven Samurai' follows the plight of a defenseless farming village that lives in constant fear of marauding bandits. The farmers know that when their crops are harvested, the thugs will attack, so four men go to town in hopes of employing samurai to fight for them. However, the poor villagers can merely offer payment in the form of shelter and a daily bowl of rice, and initially only Kambei (Takashi Shimura), a brave elder samurai, and his eager young apprentice, Katsushiro (Isao Kimura), take up their cause. Encountering various nomadic warriors on the streets, they slowly put together his team of swordsmen, recruiting Shichiroji (Daisuke Katô), Gorobei (Yoshio Inaba), Heihachi (Minoru Chiaki), and Kyuzo (Seiji Miyaguchi). Finally, Kikuchiyo (Toshirô Mifune), a scruffy wanderer who has been trailing them, completes the small band of ronin. However, upon reaching the village, the samurai learn that the farmers fear them as much as the enemy. Despite the tensions, Kambei and his men slowly train the peasants to defend their village.
Awards
1956: Oscar: Nominated for Best Art Direction (B&W), Costume Design (B&W)
1955: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Best Film and Foreign Actors (Shimura & Mifune)
1954: Venice Film Festival: Silver Lion - Best Director. Official Selection
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