This highly dramatic Japanese film influenced many American westerns, including, most directly, The Magnificent Seven. A group of villagers, besieged by bandits, hire seven samurai warriors to protect them. It’s a story of courage, honour, love, death and male bonding.
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Takashi Shimura, Toshirô Mifune, Yoshio Inaba
Original Release: 1952, Japan
Showing: Monday, 19 June, 2006 at 7:30pm
Certificate: PG
Running Time: 180 mins.
Black & White

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