VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Shichinin no samurai

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Shichinin no samurai

Die sieben Samurai

Kurosawa Akira
Japan, 1954
201min, OmdU

Bild: Sammlung Österreichisches Filmmuseum

Shichinin no samurai

Kurosawa Akira
Japan, 1954
, 201min, OmdU

Actors: 
Shimura Takashi
Shimada Kambei
Mifune Toshiro
Kikuchiyo
Inaba Yoshio
Gorobei
Miyaguchi Seiji
Kyuzo
Screenplay: 
Kurosawa Akira
Hashimoto Shinobu
Oguni Hideo
Sound: 
Hayasaka Fumio
Camera: 
Asakazu Nakai
Editor: 
Kurosawa Akira

Production: 
Toho Film
Format: 
35 mm

Why do the Samurai take the job to defend this village? For a handful of rice every day, do they risk their lives? Because that is the job and the nature of the samurai. Both sides are bound by the roles imposed on them by society. In “To the Distant Observer” Noel Burch observes: “masochistic perseverance in the fulfillment of complex social obligations is a basic cultural trait of Japan.” Not only do the samurai persevere, but so do the bandits, who continue their series of raids even though it is clear the village is well-defended, that they are sustaining heavy losses. Like characters in a Greek tragedy, they perform the roles they have been assigned. (Roger Ebert)