Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai , Shichinin no Samurai? is a 1954 Japanese Jidaigeki adventure film cowritten, edited, and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The story takes place in 1586 during the Warring States Period of Japan. It follows the story of a village of farmers that hire seven ronin masterless samurai to combat bandits who will return after the harvest to steal their crops.

Marauding bandits approach a rural mountain village, but their chief decides to spare it until after the harvest because they had raided it before. The plan is overheard by a farmer who tells the rest of village. Lamenting their fate, three farmers ask Gisaku, the village elder and miller, for advice. He declares they should hire samurai to defend the village. Since they have no money to offer, Gisaku tells them to find hungry samurai.After little success in finding any recruits, the group witness Kambei, an aging but experienced rnin, rescue a young boy who had been taken hostage by a thief. A young inexperienced samurai named Katsushir also approaches Kambei to become his disciple. The villagers then ask for his help, and after initial reluctance, Kambei agrees. In turn the aged rnin recruits old friend Shichirji and, with Katsushirs assistance, three other samurai the friendly and strategic Gorobei the goodwilled Heihachi and Kyz, a taciturn master swordsman whom Katsushir regards with awe. Although inexperienced, Katsushir is taken as a sixth recruit because time is short. Kikuchiyo, a man who carries a family scroll that he claims makes him a samurai, follows the group to the village despite attempts to drive him away. ........

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