The Seven Samurai will be shown at the Strand Theater this weekend.
One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This thrill ride from Akira Kurosawa—featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope.
Kurosawa was surely inspired by American Westerns, but his film inspired a whole generation of Directors in the U.S., including Spielberg, Scorsese, Lucas, and more. When it was released in America, it was called The Magnificent Seven which was remade by John Sturges.
The 2022 Sight and Sound poll calls Seven Samurai the 20th best film ever made, and a recent book about the film sums up its influence: Everything I Know about Filmmaking I Learned Watching Seven Samurai. This is a rare opportunity to see this film on a big screen, and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. But be warned: if it’s cold out, it will be cold in the Strand: dress appropriately.
Tickets are $10 at the door and $9 in advance at the Highway 61 Coffee Shop.See a typo? Report it here.