Tuesday, May 11, 2010
A Written Review: The Seven Samurai
The film Seven Samurai was an extremely important film historically. The base storyline for Seven Samurai would be reused in various films for years. Also, the techniques used inside of this film would be echoed in both Japanese and American cinema for years.
The story for Seven Samurai has been recycled and reused for years. Whether it’s the western adaptation The Magnificent Seven or the animated film A Bug’s Life, Seven Samurai has been the inspiration for many films. The story of the few standing up for the many and finding hidden strength inside themselves to do it, has resonated in the human spirit for hundreds of years and Akira Kurosawa was one of the first to tap into that with Seven Samurai.
Another, major contribution that Kurosawa gave to film was that of the techniques used in Seven Samurai. Using things such as a large ensemble cast with mini story arches within the main arch and many expansive sets were executed so well inside of this film.
The Seven Samurai is one of the most influential films ever made (just look at almost any list of influential films by any major director within the past half a century). From the magnificent story to the perfected techniques this film deserves as one of the best in history.