The Seven Samurai – Kyûzô the Swordsman

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An evening pause: A short clip from one of the best films ever made, Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai (1954).



  • Phil Berardelli

    What’s possibly most amazing about this great film is that Hollywood was able to appropriate it skillfully to make a great western. That scene precedes the duel in “The Magnificent Seven” between James Coburn with a knife and an angry but stupid man with a gun. I love both movies, but this one requires great patience. Kurosawa took his time unfolding the tale, and when death strikes, as in this scene, it’s subtle as well as final.

  • wodun

    Instead of remakes, they should do re-releases. At least in the case of movies like this one.

  • Phil Berardelli

    They do — you just have to keep an eye out for them. For example, in 2006, for the 50th anniversary, the movie was re-released at the L.A. Film Festival and did a limited national theatrical tour, including the AFI Silver theater in Silver Spring, Md. It included a new print and, more important, a brilliant new set of subtitles that deepened and intensified the story. I’m not sure, but I think you can view that version on the Criterion Blu-ray release.

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