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Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai

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

Seven Samurai

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

Blu-ray (Black & White)

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Akira Kurosawa's epic tale concerns honor and duty during a time when the old traditional order is breaking down. The film opens with master samurai Kambei (Takashi Shimura) posing as a monk to save a kidnapped farmer's child. Impressed by his selflessness and bravery, a group of farmers begs him to defend their terrorized village from bandits. Kambei agrees, although there is no material gain or honor to be had in the endeavor. Soon he attracts a pair of followers: a young samurai named Katsushiro (Isao Kimura), who quickly becomes Kambei's disciple, and boisterous Kikuchiyo (Toshiro Mifune), who poses as a samurai but is later revealed to be the son of a farmer. Kambei assembles four other samurais, including Kyuzo (Seiji Miyaguchi), a master swordsman, to round out the group. Together they consolidate the village's defenses and shape the villagers into a militia, while the bandits loom menacingly nearby. Soon raids and counter-raids build to a final bloody heart-wrenching battle.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/2010
UPC: 0715515054911
Original Release: 1954
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 3:27:00
Sales rank: 3,461

Special Features

Disc one:; Two audio commentaries, one featuring film scholars David Desser, Joan Mellen, Stephen Prince, Tony Rayns, and Donald Richie, and the other japanese film expert Michael Jeck; Disc two:; Fifty-minute documentary on the making of Seven Samurai, created as part of the toho masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: it is wonderful to create; My life cinema, a two-hour video conversation from 1993 between directors Akira Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshima; "Seven Samurai"; origins and influences, a documentary looking at the Samurai traditions and films that helped shape Kurosawa's masterpiece; Theatrical trailers and teaser; Gallery of rare posters, behind-the-scenes photos, and production stills

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

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