Detroit Film Theatre
THE SEVEN SAMURAI
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Japan/1954—directed by Akira Kurosawa (207 min.)
In 16th century Japan, a small village is plundered annually by bandits until a band of unemployed samurai agree to take on the task of whipping the defenseless farmers into an effective, dedicated army. Kurosawa’s masterpiece – presented in its definitive, 207-minute version – is one of the most brilliant battle epics ever filmed. Above all it’s a great story: a timeless fable about responsibility, bravery and the nature of character, told with an electrifying yet eloquent grace. Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura head the superb, mammoth cast, and Kurosawa’s sure-handed style and unfailing eye brings out the subtleties in each character’s situation as well as backstory. An immersive, electrifying experience, the complete Seven Samurai is a master filmmaker’s wholly original vision of modest men standing against a chaotic universe.