Movie Review: Seven Samurai

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Seven Samurai is a Japanese movie about samurai drama and action who was directed and co-written by Akira Kurosawa in 1954. The seven samurai plot has inspired many movies such as The Magnificent Seven (1960 and 2016), A Bug’s Life (1998), and The Guns of Navarone (1961).

The story of this movie is about a village of farmers that hire seven ronin (masterless samurai) to protect the village from the bandits who tried to steal the crops and the village’s harvest. Each of these ronin has an interesting personality and various background. Not only focused on action, but this movie was also focused on the relation on each character. Through a deliberate plot, the audience will see the conflict and the condition of each character in this movie. This movie was also divided into two-story parts. The first part was focused on collect seven ronin and the second part was focused on the preparation to fight the bandits.

With a long duration (207 minutes) and an intermission, Seven Samurai succeeded in delivering a complete and perfect story with magnificent action scenes. This movie was also supported by perfect cinematography and good music scoring. By this movie, Akira Kurosawa succeeded to influence any person in the movie industry and often seen as one of the most “remade, reworked, referenced” movies in the cinema.


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