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Seven Samurai Rated PG

Seven Samurai

Dir. Akira Kurosawa. Japan 1957. 3h 26m. Japanese/English subs. Starring Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Daisuke Katô, Seiji Miyaguchi, Minoru Chiaki.

One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai tells the story of a group of 16th-century farmers, whose village is repeatedly attacked by bandits, asking an elderly rōnin (masterless samurai) for help. He hesitantly agrees and swiftly assembles a motley troupe of warriors to defend and train the villagers.

Strongly influences by the Westerns of John Ford, Kurosawa expertly sustains the suspense over a lengthy duration thanks to an engrossing story, richly drawn characters, and stunning action sequences. Genuinely epic in scale and tone, Seven Samurai has since become a touchstone for Westerns and Hollywood action movies ever since.

If you buy a ticket for this screening of Seven Samurai as well as Throne of Blood (Sun 7 Nov, 13:30) and Yojimbo (Sun 7 Nov, 21:00) in a single transaction, you will receive a 15% discount on the total cost.

Screening as part of Japan 2020: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. bfijapan.co.uk