Reviews

Seven Samurai (1954) IMDb

Subject

A village learns it will be attacked by bandits. A small group of somewhat sly villagers go to the city to hire samurai, of whom less than half will live.

Commentary

An epic about a skirmish. Lots of impressive realism melded with nice symbolic archetypes, but few other sources of amusement. The 203 minute edition deserves some cutting.

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Remake:

The Magnificent Seven (1960) IMDb

Commentary

An excellent performance by Yul Brynner, aided by iconographic personal props for the heroes.

References here: MythBusters (2003).

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