THE SEVEN SAMURAI (shichinin no samurai) (1954 JAPAN) D/W: AKIRA KUROSAWA W: SHINOBU HASHIMOTO/HIDEO OGUNI P: SOJIRO MOTOKI
Toshiro Mifune stars as the reckless wannabe Samurai in this infamous, infulential classic (a phrase that seems to accurately describe so many of Kurosawa`s movies) that needs no introduction from me. Asakazu Naka`s great b/w cinematography brings a special edge to Kurosawa`s storytelling prowess. It`s plot intricacies were kind of lost on it`s Hollywood remake THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. If you`re just discovering Kurosawa and this is you`re starting point, also check out my personal favourite YOJIMBO. With Takashi Shimura, Seiji Miyaguchi, Minoru Chiaki, Daisuke Kato, Isao Kimura, Kamatari Fujiwara, Yoshio Kosugi, Bokuzen Hidari, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Kokuten Kodo, Eijiro Tono, Kichijiro Ueda, Yasuhisa Tsutumi, Sojin Shin Otomo, Sachio Sakai, Akira Tani, Shoichi Hirose and Tatsuya Nakadai.

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