A desperate 16th century village hires seven samurai to protect it from marauders in this crown jewel of Japanese cinema. No other film seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action. Breathtaking, agile and overflowing with a delightfully self-mocking sense of humor, Akira Kurosawa's (Rashomon, Yojimbo, Kagemusha) most well-known film inspired the U.S. remake The Magnificent Seven. Screen icon Toshiro Mifune is terrific as the over-eager Kikuchiyo, determined to join the band, and his bravura performance is balanced by the quiet brilliance of Takashi Shimura as the leader of the samurai. (Fully subtitled)

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Cast: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki, Kamatari Fujiwara, Daisuke Katô, Isao Kimura, Minoru Chiaki, Seiji Miyaguchi, Yoshio Kosugi, Bokuzen Hidari, Yoshio Inaba, Yoshio Tsuchiya

MPAA Rating: NR

Run Time: 3hrs 27mins

Release Year: 1954

Country Of Origin: Japan