Seven Samurai (1954): One of the most influential​ Japanese movies of all times!

What is it about?

Wherever there are hardworking people just trying to make their living, there are always some douchebags right beside them that want to take their hard-earned money. A small Japanese village is no exception. Unfortunately, this isn’t America, so you can’t really count on a super-hero to save the day. (There are probably Japanese super-heroes, but I am just too lazy to do a research. Does Goku count?)

Luckily for our poor Japanese villagers, there are deadly samurai with high morals to defend them. Sure, they’re no Justice League or the Avengers, and they are doing it for the money (no credit cards!)but they’ll cut you in half with their wicked blades before you even realize what is happening. And one of them looks like a Japanese Morgan Freeman, which is a plus in my book.

Anyway, they get into a fight with the bad guys and lots of people die.

 

Who should watch it?

 

  • Should I watch it with my kid(s)?

    Good luck finding a kid who would like to watch a black and white Japanese movie.

  • Is it good to watch on a date?

    Only if you’re sure that your date like this kind of movies. I doubt you can find it on Netflix.

  • For what age and gender is it intended?

    For everyone older than 16 and for people who like Kurosawa’s work or old Japanese movies in general.

 What can I expect from this movie?

 

  • Will I fall off the couch laughing and have sore abs the next day due to laughing too hard?

    No.

  • Is my brain going to implode trying to figure out the movie?

    No.

  • Will I learn anything from this movie?

    Yes. Never fuck with a samurai. Never. Oh, and apparently, the plural of “samurai” is “samurai”, even though “samurais” is also accepted. How crazy is that?

  • Is it based on something?

    No.

  • Is this movie a must-see?

    Yes. The younger audience will probably find it boring, but this is a must-see movie for any cinephile. It could be interesting to you even if you are not Kurosawa’s fan.

Similar movies like “Seven Samurai”?

There is, of course, its American remake “The Magnificent Seven” from 1960. and it seems that it itself got a remake with the same name that we’ll see in theaters real soon.

Yojimbo is there if you like to see more badass samurai killing more bad guys. Of course, anything from Kurosawa is highly recommended.

“13 Assassins” from 2010. is also a good movie.

Judgment time!

A pure classic that doesn’t lose its value even after 60 years. It still kicks ass and can teach a lot of directors of today how a movie is done. Everything in “Seven Samurai” is precise and has a purpose. No fancy special effects or useless scenes. It’s just…perfect! That’s why I give it 10/10.

 

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