'Seven Samurai' Review: Akira Kurosawa's timeless epic

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By Murtaza Ali Khan

Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) is a quintessential Kurosawa movie, and probably the Japanese master's greatest lagniappe to the world of cinema. Seven Samurai is a classic example of a profound character study that's well complemented by some meticulous direction and breathtaking cinematography. The world of cinema owes a colossal debt to the master movie-maker and plethora of his sui generis works such as Seven Samurai.

Seven Samurai depicts penury with pure brilliance and heart-wrenching realism. The inexorable resolve exhibited by the destitute villagers to fight the rapacious bandits can be inspiring even to the most pessimistic. The fidelity shown by the bunch of samurai to the villagers, in return of a bowl of rice, accentuates the very essence of humanity. The movie's slow pace and its poignant background score enriches it with a sense of melancholy, thereby making it truly mesmerizing to watch.

Watch the review of Seven Samurai by Film & TV Critic Murtaza Ali Khan (in Hindi) here:

The entire cast led by Takashi Shimura and Toshiro Mifune succeeds in delivering a power house performance while simultaneously taking care of the nuances and subtleties needed to portray movie's highly convoluted caricatures. Kurosawa's plaintive storytelling makes Seven Samurai a truly ineffable experience for the viewer.

Though not meant for everyone, Seven Samurai is sine qua non for cineastes and followers of pristine cinema. Seven Samurai is also a great medium to get acquainted with Kurosawa's oeuvre before exploring his more personal works like Rashomon, Ikiru, and Ran.

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