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Seven Samurai / 七人の侍

Toshiro Mifune’s BARE ASS


Release Date: April 26, 1954
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Language: Japanese

Who should watch this movie: People who mistook this movie for “The Last Samurai” with Tom Cruise and are better off for it. People who think they don’t like black and white movies with subtitles and are about to be proved wrong. 

When should you watch this movie: On a Friday night with wine or cocktail of choice. IMO This is not a beer movie, this is a wine and spirits movie – leaning towards spirits.

The sell: Seven Samurai has it all: Romance, exciting sword fights, and class commentary. For a movie about an epic showdown between samurai and bandits, this movie is remarkably intimate. Yes, the action is skillfully staged and the heroes literally bring swords to a gunfight, but it’s the interpersonal relationships that really make this movie a masterpiece. The relationship between the samurai and the villagers, and the samurai and each other explore the myriad ways in which human connections are formed across social boundaries (age, class and gender.) There is more moralizing in this movie compared to Kurosawa’s other films, possibly because it is one of his earlier works. That being said, the moralizing never feels pedantic or condescending. The film leaves you with the knowledge of tainted victory. It asks us why we fight, and who we fight for, whether that is with swords, guns or your metaphorical weapon of choice. Also Mifune does not wear pants pretty much the whole movie.


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