Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai

Director: Akira Kurosawa Cast: Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune, Yoshio Inaba
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Seven Samurai

One of Akira Kurosawa's most respected films, Seven Samurai is given careful handling on DVD by The Criterion Collection. The image is the standard full-frame 1.33:1 transfer. The Japanese soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Subtitles are accessible in either Japanese or English. A theatrical trailer is included. Michael Jeck, an expert in Japanese cinema, provides an insightful and detailed commentary track. This is the type of quality release that has made Criterion one of the most respected names in home video.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/1998
UPC: 0037429121726
Original Release: 1954
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [monaural]
Time: 3:27:00

Special Features

Optimal image quality, dual-layer edition; Audio commentary by Japanese film expert Michael Jeck; Restored picture and sound; Original U.S. theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Takashi Shimura Kambei, leader of samurai
Toshiro Mifune Kikuchiyo, would-be samurai
Yoshio Inaba Gorobei, wise warrior
Seiji Miyaguchi Kyuzo, swordsman
Minoru Chiaki Heihachi, amiable samurai
Daisuke Kato Shichiroji, Kambei's friend
Ko (Isao) Kimura Katsushiro, young samurai
Kuninori Kodo Gisaku, village elder
Ichiro Chiba Priest
Fumiko Homma Peasant Woman
Eijiro Tono Bandit
Isao Yamagata Samurai
Sojin Minstrel
Kamatari Fujiwara Manzo, Shino's father
Bokuzen Hidari Yohei
Yoshio Kosugi Mosuke
Yoshio Tsuchiya Rikichi, militant villager
Keiji Sakakida Gasaku
Toranosuke Ogawa Grandfather
Noriko Sengoku Wife from Burned House
Gen Shimizu Masterless Samurai
Atsushi Watanabe Vendor
Kichijiro Ueda Bandit
Haruo Nakajima Bandit
Senkichi Omura Bandit

Technical Credits
Akira Kurosawa Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Shigeru Endo Consultant/advisor
Kohei Ezaki Costumes/Costume Designer
Shinobu Hashimoto Screenwriter
Fumio Hayasaka Score Composer
Hiromichi Horikawa Asst. Director
Ienori Kaneko Consultant/advisor
Takashi Matsuyama Production Designer
So Matsuyama Art Director
Shojiro Motoki Producer
Shinobu Muraki Production Designer
Yoshiro Muraki Production Designer
Asakazu Nakai Cinematographer
Hideo Oguni Screenwriter
Yoshio Sugino Stunts

Scene Index

0. Chapters
1. Main Titles [2:58]
2. "Is there no god to protect us?" [7:16]
3. Shopping for samurai [6:40]
4. Death of a thief [5:50]
5. A master and his disciples [9:57]
6. Samurai auditions, part I [7:33]
7. Samurai auditions, part II [9:20]
8. The seventh samurai [11:44]
9. Frightened village [8:08]
10. False alarm [4:29]
11. Making plans [8:23]
12. "Still a child." [3:52]
13. Samurai armor [6:33]
14. The secret garden [7:17]
15. Training [6:15]
16. Intermission [5:14]
17. Harvesting [2:36]
18. Night watch [4:27]
19. Building barricades [5:52]
20. The scouts [7:17]
21. The surprise attack [7:55]
22. Funeral [2:15]
23. The first battle [11:07]
24. Night skirmish [7:37]
25. The second battle [7:47]
26. Behind the lines [11:29]
27. That night [13:11]
28. The last battle [9:02]
29. Finale [4:12]
0. Color Bars

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Seven Samurai 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a 15 year old and I've never watched any black & white movies, or any of the classics before. I figured I'd try ''Seven Samurai'' for a change, I thought the samurai ideal was interesting anyways. I watched the movie only to be left sad at the end, I wanted more. Now that I've many of kurosawa's collection, I'm hooked and made watching these good classics as a hobby. This movie was great and will get any one hooked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I finally managed to get my hands on a copy of this film, and though I rarely watch movies all the way through in one sitting, I watched all three and a half hours of this one, and then started on the commentary version. In general, I find older movies more theatrical than cinematic, and therefore less personally appealing, but when they say Kurosawa was a master of the medium, they aren't kidding. This is cinema at it's best, utilizing the unique properties of the camera. He used the camera the way a real artist knows how to use his tools, and that's a skill many film makers can't even grasp -now-. Add to this a gripping story, superb acting, and complete and total immersion in the setting, and you have a true masterpiece. I know I'm gushing, I was just so impressed. It's rare that a movie stands up to it's hype for me, and this movie has half a century of hype built up around it. As far as the dvd is concerned, it's worth the little bit of extra money. Not a lot of extras, but the commentary, recorded I believe in 1988 by an expert in Japanese cinema, is worth the extra money. Insights into Kurosawa's techniques, and into some aspects of the culture which might confuse some Americans are given. The commentary isn't needed to appreciate this film, but it enhances the experience as a good commentary often will. The DVD I rented from blockbuster seemed to have a lot of glitches in it, especially towards the middle end, and these interfered with the subtitles so that I missed some significant staements. I am not sure what to blame there. That's just something to be wary of.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stop reading, go buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To the viewer who prefered the letter boxed version; the original was NOT! letter boxed so the version you "prefer" is an altered one and should not be prefered to this version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Still great, this movie opened my eyes to foreign films as a teenager. Format Note: This movie was originally released in 4:3 (1.33:1) not widescreen format.  Any "widescreen/letterbox" versions reviewers claim to have seen were therefore cropped vertically from what was originally intended. Please take 10 seconds to google the original release ratio before claiming that a 4:3 release is pan & scan. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This beautiful criterion edition compliments everything great about this film. Don't just buy the film, buy THIS edition. It is well worth your money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kurosawa has accomplished cinematic perfection.
The_Delicious_Ninja More than 1 year ago
This movie is by far one of the best movies I have seen and there is no other movie like it, it is truly one of a kind.
Irving_Washington More than 1 year ago
I don't want to rehash what everyone else has said. Instead, I'll just say that this film is one of the very few items I will award a 5 / 5 star rating. It's a masterpiece, and you're a fool not to watch this at least once in your lifetime. Kurosawa was a genius, as was Toshiro Mifune. There will never be talent like theirs again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I originally owned the DVD previously but with this i was excited with the bonus features. I truly thought it was i worth the purchase and rewatching all over again Akira Kurosawa Seven Samurai is a worth while epic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a review on the movie. I ordered this film from your site with 2 other Criterion films during last years sale. The other 2 were Wings of Desire and 8 1/2, those 2 took a few months to get but whatever I got them, but I still have not received Seven Samurai! It has been a year since I have ordered it and have not seen it, so yeah thanks for stealing my money.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It's undoubtfully one of the best movie-making in 20th century. What's more is that 'Seven Magnificent' and all other spaghetti westerns were the product of this ingenious film. I think blade is more classier than bullet to begin with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is seriously one of the movies that set the standard among any japanese movie out today. The characters in this movie have been copied and imitated in many live action and anime films. This movies director has even been hailed as one of Steven Speilberg's heros! If you have an extra 3-3.5 hours sit down and become engulfed in the atmosphere set by this film.
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