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Seven Samurai (1954)

Episode #8

Columbia Pictures Corporation released Seven Samurai to theaters on November 19,1954. Akira Kurosawa directed the film starring 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.

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Columbia Pictures Corporation released Seven Samurai to theaters on November 19,1954. Akira Kurosawa directs the film which stars Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, and Keiko Tsushima.

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  1. Hi Patrick. As far as this film not getting nominated for best foreign film, I believe the Academy is only allowed to nominate films for this category that are submitted by the country that made the film. In this case Japan submitted Burmese Harp(another great film) instead and it got nominated for best foreign film. There are no rules like this for the other categories, which seven samurai snagged a few noms in, as you mentioned.

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