Seven samurai [DVD videorecording] / Toho Company presents a Janus Films release ; production, Sojiro Motoki ; screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni ; directed by Akira Kurosawa.

Contributor(s): Kurosawa, Akira, 1910- | Mifune, Toshirō, 1920- | Shimura, Takashi, 1905-1982 | Janus Films | Criterion Collection (Firm)Material type: FilmFilmSeries: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs): 2.; Classic collection (Chicago, Ill.): Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, 1998Description: 1 videodisc (207 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded sheetISBN: 0780020685Other title: Title on disc surface and container: Akira Kurosawa's seven samurai [DVD videorecording]Subject(s): Samurai films | Motion pictures, Japanese | Japan -- In motion picturesGenre/Form: Feature films.Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura.Summary: This epic masterpiece is about a group of 16th century samurai who are hired to defend a small Japanese village that finds itself annually raided by an army of bandits who steal the meager crops harvested by the peasants. Tired of relinquishing their food supply but woefully inept in combat skills, the villagers decide to hire a band of samurai to protect them. In addition to the primary conflict between the villagers and the bandits, much of the tale revolves around young Katsushiro's coming-of-age, both sexually and emotionally. Kikuchiyo's search for acceptance forms the other major storyline. Indeed, everyone in Seven Samurai is searching: for adventure, for experience, for freedom from their oppressors.
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In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura.

Title also appears in Japanese characters on title screen.

Originally released as motion picture in 1954.

DVD player required; dolby digital; mono.

Special features: Original U.S. theatrical trailer, audio commentary by Japanese film expert Michael Jeck.

Not rated.

For private home use only.

This epic masterpiece is about a group of 16th century samurai who are hired to defend a small Japanese village that finds itself annually raided by an army of bandits who steal the meager crops harvested by the peasants. Tired of relinquishing their food supply but woefully inept in combat skills, the villagers decide to hire a band of samurai to protect them. In addition to the primary conflict between the villagers and the bandits, much of the tale revolves around young Katsushiro's coming-of-age, both sexually and emotionally. Kikuchiyo's search for acceptance forms the other major storyline. Indeed, everyone in Seven Samurai is searching: for adventure, for experience, for freedom from their oppressors.

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