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One of the most beloved movie epics of all time, Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride—featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope.

DVD Features

All-new, restored high-definition digital transfer

Two audio commentaries: one by film scholars David Desser, Joan Mellen, Stephen Prince, Tony Rayns, and Donald Richie; the other by Japanese-film expert Michael Jeck

A 50-minute documentary on the making of Seven Samurai, part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create

My Life in Cinema, a two-hour video conversation between Akira Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshima produced by the Directors Guild of Japan

Seven Samurai: Origins and Influences, a new documentary looking at the samurai traditions and films that impacted Kurosawa's masterpiece

Theatrical trailers and teaser

Gallery of rare posters and behind-the scenes and production stills

New and improved English subtitle translation

PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Peter Cowie, Philip Kemp, Peggy Chiao, Alain Silver, Kenneth Turan, Stuart Galbraith, Arthur Penn, and Sidney Lumet and an interview with Toshiro Mifune

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Cast

Toshiro MifuneKikuchiyo (as Toshiro Mifune)
Takashi ShimuraKambei Shimada
Keiko TsushimaShino
Yukiko ShimazakiWife (as Yukio Shimazaki)
Kamatari FujiwaraFarmer Manzo
Daisuke KatôShichiroji (as Daisake Kato)
Isao KimuraKatsushiro (as Ko Kimura)
Minoru ChiakiHeihachi
Seiji MiyaguchiKyuzo
Yoshio KosugiFarmer Mosuke
Bokuzen HidariFarmer Yohei
Yoshio InabaGorobei Katayama
Yoshio TsuchiyaFarmer Rikichi
Kokuten KôdôOld Man Gisaku (as Kuninori Todo)
Eijirô TônoThief (as Eijiro Tono)
Kichijirô UedaBandit Scout (as Ueda Kichijiro)
Jun TataraCoolie A
Atsushi WatanabeBun Seller
Toranosuke OgawaGrandfather of Kidnapped Girl
Isao YamagataSamurai
Sôjin KamiyamaBlind Player (as Sojin)
Gen ShimizuSamurai Who Kicks Farmers (as Hajime Shimizu)
Keiji SakakidaGosaku
Shinpei TakagiBandit Chieftain (as Shimpei Takagi)
Shin ÔtomoBandit Second-in-Command
Toshio TakaharaSamurai with Gun

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: Akira Kurosawa
  • Producer: Toho Company
  • Length: 207 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 19, 1956
    JapanApr 26, 1954
  • Ratings
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaOct 19, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 21, 1998
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