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 influenced 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
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Our beautiful art deco inspired auditorium can be found just off East Oxford's Cowley Road. We are open 7 days a week. We open the cinema and box office 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of each film, and the Box Office then closes 10 minutes after the film starts. We don’t show adverts, just a couple of trailers, so don't be late as the film itself starts very close to the advertised time!