Friday, April 3, 2009

Samurai Saturday: Apr 4th.


This month seems to be "Kurosawa Month" as they have a great lineup for April's Samurai Saturdays on IFC. This week is my favorite movie of all time, Seven Samurai. This movie inspired the classic western Magnificent Seven. Here is the IFC plot synopsis for those who have never seen this great film (oh! the shame!):

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.

3 comments:

  1. This is one of my all-time favorite Kurosawa films, along with Sanjuro.

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  2. This is the second Kurosawa film I ever saw, and I was not disappointed one bit on seeing it. Loved it, and still do. I picked up most of his films on DVD when versions were released by the BFI a couple of years ago.

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  3. I was blessed to see this movie for the first (and only so far) time during my Uni days on an actual cinema screen.

    I went with a group of like-minded friends, we had all heard all sorts of hype about it over the years and where prepared for a disapontment, or at least a movie that did not live up to its near-mythical reputation.

    We left the cinema amazed on how good it had been and talking about which characters where our favorites. :)

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