Shichinin no samurai
A veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times, answers a village's request for protection from bandits. He gathers 6 other samurai to help him, and they teach the townspeople how to defend themselves, and they supply the samurai with three small meals a day. The film culminates in a giant battle when 40 bandits attack the village.
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Dave Kehr Kurosawa's film is a model of long-form construction, ably fitting its asides and anecdotes into a powerful suspense structure that endures for all of the film's 208 minutes.
Variety Staff Besides the well-manned battlescenes, the pic has a good feeling for characterization and time.
Desson Thomson The greatest action movie ever made.
J. Hoberman Rich in detail, vivid in characterization, leisurely in exposition, this 207-minute epic is bravura filmmaking.