Seven Samurai

The Top 63 Marathon, part 50

Title: Shichinin no samurai
Year: 1954 (Japan), 1956 (US)
Length: 207 minutes
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto & Hideo Oguni
Starring: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Isao Kimura
Music: Fumio Hayasaka
Distinctions: Oscar nominations for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (black-and-white) and Best Costume Design (black-and-white) (1957); currently #13 on the IMDb’s Top 250

My reaction
Synopsis: samurai defend a village from bandits
How I saw it: on video a couple times, most recently yesterday (rented from Netflix)
Concept: Great.
Story: Great.
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Good.
Pacing: Good.
Cinematography: Good.
Special effects/design: Good. I would not mind if there were more pants involved.
Acting: Great.
Music: Great.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good). A three-and-a-half hour historical epic, and it doesn’t bore me. This should not be possible.
Objective Rating: 3.5/4 (Very good).


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