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5.0 out of 5 stars a classic that inspired many tributes
A reviewer once wrote that the most amazing thing about Seven Samurai is that one-and-a-half hours into the movie, we're still in the character development part, and nobody's even noticed the movie has been running that long already. sure, it's not for everybody, especially for those who grew up with mostly Hollywood commercial fare that last 70-90 minutes. but for even...
Published on July 19 2004 by Lakan Kildap
3.0 out of 5 stars Criterion Is NOT the Paragon of Quality
For a film with such a hefty price tag, I would expect the english subtitles to at least be accurate...there are instances, such as when the word "become" is confused with "because," that simply make no sense.
Aside from that (again keeping in mind the massive price tag Criterion has assigned to this disc), there are plenty of scratches and weird...
Published on July 22 2002
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5.0 out of 5 stars Before its TIME!,
This movie is way before its time. The emotions of not only one or a couple heros are conveyed. There are so many twists and it drives you from laughter to anger to sadness and sheer delight. It is about 3 hours long, but there is NEVER a stale or boring moment, every second has consistency
5.0 out of 5 stars Good but could have been great....,
Alright Seven Samurai is Awesome! No Doubt! But it needs to be digitally Remastered and cleaned up. The DVD version also seems darker than the original film was.
5.0 out of 5 stars great film with moving characters,
not only the definitive samurai epic, but a moving character study in the hands of perhaps the greatest master of crowd action sequences in film. the first action epic and one that deserves a place in any film collection!
5.0 out of 5 stars Check the original aspect ratio nefore you complain...,
I'm sick of all the people that complain "Why isn't it in letterbox/widescreen?!! I can't believe they butchered it and put it in fullscreen!" etc. It was shot in 1.33:1 ratio, and its displayed here in its original ratio, so before you complain about it and give them grief, know what you're talking about. All it takes is a little google search or god forbid a look at the box where it says "original aspect ratio..."
...and I never thought that sitting through 3+ hours of a 50s Japanese film would fly by faster than most of the 1.5 hour movies I see today. I was never board for a second. But I can see how it may not be some people's thing. Since Criterion are expensive, just give it a rent first.
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!,
This is my first Akira Kurosawa movie, and I thought it was wonderful. It is almost 3 and a half hours long, black and white, and the subtitles go by qickly sometimes and can be hard to see on top of a white background, but none of that matters. The black and white adds to the feel of the movie, and it is the perfect length.
The movie starts abruptly, with a village of farmers who need the help of samurai to defeat a group of bandits who keep raiding their village. All of the samurai, some more than others, have distinct personalities. My favorite was Kikuchiyo, the loud, enerjetic samurai with a troubled past. As the movie progresses, and the battle draws nearer, many things are learned about the characters.
This movie deserves to be called a classic. A must see.
5.0 out of 5 stars IN MY OPINION THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER MADE,
I've loved this movie since the first time i saw it. It has everything you could possibly want in a movie - Action, great acting, Romance, and a cast of characters that you will be absolutely captivated with. The directors excellent choices of landscapes and beautiful scenery as well as his excellent sense of timing and mood in weather. You can't go wrong with this movie. It is the greatest movie ever made in IMHO. If you are a movie collector you MUST have this movie
5.0 out of 5 stars WOOT,
By A Customer
this movie is amazing! pure genious! there is a playstaton 2 game out, as a tribute to this movie called SEVEN SAMURAI 20XX (hmm odd name hey?) well the game is a hack and slash, but its amazing too, it allmost exactly follows the story of the movie. and kambei is in the game too!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie !!,
By A Customer
This is an incredible movie. I loved it. Not only does the Seven Samurai have loads of action, but there are other aspects of this movie that make it such an enjoyable experience to watch. The thing I like best about this movie was the humor. Some of the lines said by the samurais were so hilarious I couldn't stop laughing! Even though things got silly at times, there was ,however, a very serious side to the movie and it made you realize how tough life can really be. I have watched several of Akira Kurosawa's films such as Ran, etc, and by far, this is his best work. The only complaints I have about this movie was that it was in black and white and so I had a hard time reading the white lettering of the subtitles. This movie is a true gem. I was thinking of buying it, but my oh my, it is quite costly! Nevertheless, it is worthy to put in anyone's collection. It is rare that you'll ever find a movie as good as this, it is in a league of it's own. Truly a masterpiece that should be cherished!
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Chambara Ever Created,
Seven Samurai is one of the greatest action films ever made. a group of seven samurai are hired by a village of famers to take care of some bandits that are terrorizing them, but the samurai and the farmers will have to overcome their differences and unite before they can get the job done.
takashi shimura is great as the aging samurai who's seen it all. toshiro mifune is also terrific as the clumsy samurai who is torn between the farmers and the samurai. this is supposedly the first movie that a group is hired to take on a mission. if that is true then that is quite an accomplishment in filmmaking history with all the movies these days with a similar plot to this. you really need to buy this dvd, a truly great film
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily One of the Finest Films of the 20th Century,
Clocking in at just under four hours with not a scrap of filler, Kurosawa's THE SEVEN SAMURAI is every bit as legendary at its enthusiasts would have you believe.
The basic story is extremely simple. In a period of social chaos, a small farming village learns it will once more be attacked by a band of thirty bandits after the harvest. At first the farmers despair, but village elder Gisaku (Kokuten Kodo) recalls that in his childhood a similar village met a similar situation by hiring Samurai to defend them. The villagers accordingly send representatives to the city, where they are able to convince Samurai Kambei Shimada (Takashi Shimura) to undertake the defense.
If the plot sounds familiar, it should: Hollywood would translate it into the extremely popular 1960 western THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN--but fine though that film is, it pales beside THE SEVEN SAMURAI, which effectively turns an action film premise into a character study of the first order and endows the story with both tremendous simplicity and artistry. Much of this is due an extraordinary ensemble cast, which includes the celebrated Toshiro Mifune (who would later appear in Kurosawa's THRONE OF BLOOD and YOJIMBO); above this, however, is Kurosawa's remarkable vision that draws upon the visual motif of the circle.
The circle is a powerful presence in SAMURAI. The village is presented as a roughly circular pattern of houses; the farmers meet in circles; in due time the Samurai enter the circle and stand at the center of the circle, directing the defense--and indeed the circle will become the defense, as Shimada works to find means to draw the bandits into the circle and to their doom. The motif will be elaborated: tied to the cycle of seed time, growth time, and harvest; tied to the cycle of life; and ultimately showing the quiet bitterness of life for those who operate outside the circular codes of community: the "Ronin," the Samurai who have no master and no community, and whose lives are not valued by the community except for aid at a moment of crisis.
Shot in simple black and white, as much (if not more) a detailed character and culture study as it is an action film, THE SEVEN SAMURAI is extremely simple and yet extremely subtle, and ultimately one of the most powerful films it has been my pleasure to review. The quality of the Criterion DVD transfer is very good, but by no means flawless--although it survives well, the film has not been digitally restored, and artifacts are frequent. There is little in the way of bonus material, but the commentary by Michael Jeck is quite fine. Strongly recommended.
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