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Seven Samurai ()

Shichinin no samurai (original title)
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A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

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Kikuchiyo (as Toshiro Mifune)
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Kambei Shimada
Keiko Tsushima ...
Shino
Yukiko Shimazaki ...
Wife (as Yukio Shimazaki)
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Farmer Manzo
Daisuke Katô ...
Shichiroji
Isao Kimura ...
Katsushiro (as Ko Kimura)
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Heihachi
Seiji Miyaguchi ...
Kyuzo
Yoshio Kosugi ...
Farmer Mosuke
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Farmer Yohei
Yoshio Inaba ...
Gorobei Katayama
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Farmer Rikichi
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Old Man Gisaku (as Kuninori Todo)
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Thief
Kichijirô Ueda ...
Bandit Scout
Jun Tatara ...
Coolie A
Atsushi Watanabe ...
Bun Seller
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Grandfather of Kidnapped Girl
Isao Yamagata ...
Samurai
Sôjin Kamiyama ...
Blind Player
Gen Shimizu ...
Samurai Who Kicks Farmers
Keiji Sakakida ...
Gosaku
Shinpei Takagi ...
Bandit Chieftain (as Shimpei Takagi)
Shin Ôtomo ...
Bandit Second-in-Command
Toshio Takahara ...
Samurai with Gun
Hiroshi Sugi ...
Tea Shop Owner
Hiroshi Hayashi ...
Weak Ronin
Sachio Sakai ...
2nd Coolie
Sôkichi Maki ...
Strong-Looking Samurai
Ichirô Chiba ...
Buddhist Priest
Noriko Sengoku ...
Wife of Gono Family
Noriko Honma ...
Woman Farmer
Masanobu Ôkubo ...
Samurai
Etsuo Saijô ...
Bandit
Minoru Itô ...
Samurai
Haruya Sakamoto ...
Samurai
Gorô Sakurai ...
Samurai
Hideo Shibuya ...
Bandit
Kiyoshi Kamoda ...
Samurai
Senkichi Ômura ...
Bandit Who Escapes
Takashi Narita ...
Bandit Who Escapes
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Bandit
Kôji Uno ...
Bandit
Masaaki Tachibana ...
Bandit
Kamayuki Tsubono ...
Bandit
Taiji Naka ...
Bandit
Chindanji Miyagawa ...
Bandit
Shigemi Sunagawa ...
Bandit
Akira Tani ...
Bandit
Akio Kusama ...
Bandit
Ryûtarô Amami ...
Bandit
Jun Mikami ...
Bandit
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Bandit
Sanpei Mine ...
Farmer
Masahide Matsushita ...
Samurai
Kaneo Ikeda ...
Samurai
Takuzô Kumagai ...
Gisaku's Son (as Jirô Kumagaya)
Ippei Kawagoe ...
Farmer
Jirô Suzukawa ...
Farmer
Junpei Natsuki ...
Farmer
Kyôichi Kamiyama ...
Farmer
Haruo Suzuki ...
Farmer
Gorô Amano ...
Farmer
Akira Kitchôji ...
Farmer
Kôji Iwamoto ...
Farmer
Hiroshi Akitsu ...
Gono Husband
Akira Yamada ...
Farmer
Kazuo Imai ...
Farmer
Eisuke Nakanishi ...
Farmer
Toku Ihara ...
Farmer
Hideo Ôtsuka ...
Farmer
Tokio Ôkawa ...
Farmer (as Shû Ôe)
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi ...
Farmer in Front of Gono
Yasumasa Ônishi ...
Farmer (as Yasuo Ônishi)
Tsuneo Katagiri ...
Farmer in Front of Gono
Megeru Shimoda ...
Farmer
Masayoshi Kawabe ...
Farmer
Shigeo Katô ...
Farmer
Yoshikazu Kawamata ...
Farmer
Takeshi Seki ...
3rd Coolie
Haruko Toyama ...
Gisaku's Daughter-in-Law
Tsuruko Mano ...
Woman Farmer in Front of Gono
Matsue Ono ...
Woman Farmer
Tsurue Ichimanji ...
Woman Farmer (as Tazue Ichimanji)
Masako Ôshiro ...
Woman Farmer
Kyôko Ozawa ...
Woman Farmer
Michiko Kadono ...
Farmer's Wife
Toshiko Nakano ...
Farmer's Wife
Shizuko Azuma ...
Farmer's Wife
Keiko Mori ...
Farmer's Wife
Michiko Kawabe ...
Farmer's Wife
Yûko Togawa ...
Farmer's Wife
Yayoko Kitano ...
Farmer's Wife
Misao Suyama ...
Woman Farmer
Toriko Takahara ...
Woman Farmer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takeshi Katô ...
Samurai Wandering Through Town (uncredited)
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Samurai Wandering Through Town (uncredited)
Ken Utsui ...
Samurai Wandering Through Town (uncredited)
Ren Yamamoto ...
Farmer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Akira Kurosawa

Written by

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Akira Kurosawa ... (screenplay) &
Shinobu Hashimoto ... (screenplay) &
Hideo Oguni ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Sôjirô Motoki ... producer (as Sojiro Motoki)

Music by

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Fumio Hayasaka ... (music)

Cinematography by

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Asakazu Nakai ... (photography) (as Asaichi Nakai)

Film Editing by

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Akira Kurosawa

Editorial Department

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Hiroshi Nezu ... editing manager

Production Design by

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Takashi Matsuyama

Art Direction by

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Sô Matsuyama

Costume Design by

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Kôhei Ezaki
Mieko Yamaguchi

Makeup Department

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Midori Nakajô ... hair stylist
Junjirô Yamada ... hair / makeup artist

Production Management

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Hiroshi Nezu ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Sakae Hirosawa ... assistant director
Hiromichi Horikawa ... assistant director
Toshi Kaneko ... assistant director
Masaya Shimizu ... assistant director
Yasuyoshi Tajitsu ... assistant director

Art Department

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Kôhei Ezaki ... art consultant
Kôichi Hamamura ... property master
Yoshirô Muraki ... assistant art director

Sound Department

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Ichirô Minawa ... sound effects editor
Masanao Uehara ... sound assistant
Fumio Yanoguchi ... recording

Stunts

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Haruo Nakajima ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Masao Fukuda ... still photographer
Mitsuo Kaneko ... assistant lighting technician
Shigeru Mori ... lighting
Takao Saitô ... assistant camera

Music Department

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Masaru Satô ... assistant to composer

Other crew

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Shigeru Endo ... archery
Kôhei Ezaki ... folklore researcher (as Kohei Ezaki)
Yuji Hamada ... accountant
Ienori Kaneko ... archery
Toshio Nakane ... acting office
Teruyo Nogami ... script supervisor
Takeharu Shimada ... production assistant
Yoshio Sugino ... fencing
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

A veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times, answers a village's request for protection from bandits. He gathers 6 other samurai to help him, and they teach the townspeople how to defend themselves, and they supply the samurai with three small meals a day. The film culminates in a giant battle when 40 bandits attack the village. Written by Colin Tinto

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Also Known As
  • Shichi-nin no samurai (Japan)
  • Seven Samurai (New Zealand, English title)
  • Seven Samurai (South Africa, English title)
  • Seven Samurai (World-wide, English title)
  • The Magnificent Seven (United States)
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Runtime
  • 207 min
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Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Akira Kurosawa's original idea for the film was to make it about a day in the life of a samurai, beginning with him rising from bed, eat breakfast, go to his master's castle and ending with him making some mistake that required him to go home and kill himself to save face. Despite a good deal of research, he did not feel he had enough solid factual information to make the movie. He then pitched the idea of a film that would cover a series of five samurai battles, based on the lives of famous Japanese swordsmen. Hashimoto went off to write that script, but Kurosawa ultimately scrapped that idea as well, worrying that a film that was just "a series of climaxes" wouldn't work. Then, producer Sôjirô Motoki found, through historical research, that samurai in the "Warring States" period of Japanese history would often volunteer to stand guard at peasant villages overnight in exchange for food and lodging. Kurosawa then came across an anecdote about a village hiring samurai to protect them and decided to use that idea. Kurosawa wrote a complete dossier for each character with a speaking role. In it were details about what they wore, their favourite foods, their past history, their speaking habits, their reaction to battle and every other detail he could think of about them. No other Japanese director had ever done this before. See more »
Goofs In the closing moments of the final battle, the bandits fire two musket shots only seconds apart. It is clear from the plot that at that point they possess only one musket. The black powder muskets of the age required much more time to reload. This error was pointed out in the commentary of the deluxe DVD edition. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in A.K. (1985). See more »
Quotes Kikuchiyo: What do you think of farmers? You think they're saints? Hah! They're foxy beasts! They say, "We've got no rice, we've no wheat. We've got nothing!" But they have! They have everything! Dig under the floors! Or search the barns! You'll find plenty! Beans, salt, rice, sake! Look in the valleys, they've got hidden warehouses! They pose as saints but are full of lies! If they smell a battle, they hunt the defeated! They're nothing but stingy, greedy, blubbering, foxy, and mean! God damn it all!
[He hurls a handful of arrows into the wall]
Kikuchiyo: But then who made them such beasts? You did! You samurai did it! You burn their villages! Destroy their farms! Steal their food! Force them to labour! Take their women! And kill them if they resist! So what should farmers do?
[Kikuchiyo sinks to his knees, and begins to sob uncontrollably]
Kikuchiyo: Damn... damn... damn... damn...
[Kambei unfolds his arms and looks down at the palms of his hands]
Kambei Shimada: [Quietly, after a long pause] You were the son of a farmer, weren't you?
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