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Toshir˘ Mifune  

 

SEVEN SAMURAI

 

Toho Company, 1954.  Directed by Akira Kurosawa.  Camera:  Asakazu Nakai. With Takashi Shimura, Toshir˘ Mifune, Yoshio Inaba, Seiji Miyaguchi, Miroru Chiaki, Daisuke Kat˘, Isao Kimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki, Kamatari Fujiwara, Yoshio Kosugi, Bokuzen Hidari, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Kokuten Kodo, Jiro Kumagai.

In 17th century Japan, farmers in a small village face the prospect of again losing their crops to a band of roving thieves. Their solution is to go to the nearest city and see if they can hire samurai to protect them. The farmers are poor and can only offer food and lodging but they soon recruit Kambei Shimada who determines that they will need a total of seven samurai to properly guard the village.

Slowly, he recruits other samurai for their task and, once complete, move them to the village. There they teach the farmers basic self-defense and fortify the village itself.  When the bandits attack, they are prepared but suffer many losses.

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