On October 19, 2010, the Criterion Collection released Seven Samurai on Blu-ray. Akira Kurosawa directed the film which starred Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, and Keiko Tsushima.
‘Seven Samurai’ Movie Summary
Seven Samurai takes place in Japan in the 16th Century. An army of bandits continually raids a poor village for their crops of rice. The town’s patriarch advises these villagers to hire a Ronin to help defend their village from the invaders. When four of the farmers head to town to hire one, they have trouble finding a defender whom they can afford; they can only offer three meals of rice per day and lodging for their troubles. Things look bleak for the men as no one takes them up on their offer until they come across Kambei Shimada.
He tells them that they need six other samurai to help protect their land. He himself sets out to recruit five samurai and one brave loner named Kikuchiyo. Everyone then moves to the village where Kambei strategizes a defense. The other samurai train the farmers basic self defense, and help fortify the village itself against the marauding bandits. Soon a climatic battle will determine the fate of all involved. Read the full movie summary here or listen to our film review here.