On today’s episode, I am joined by my cousin Sean Clark who picked Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 epic Seven Samurai. It’s considered from both a technical and cultural level, whether it be from its editing, camera techniques, symbolism, and its dialogue, as the most influential, remade, reworked, and referenced films of all time as well perhaps the greatest film ever made.Akira Kurosawa had created many films besides Seven Samurai that were remade and emulated by the most well-respected directors over the nearly 60 years he worked in the film industry. Rashomon, Yojimbo, Throne of Blood, The Hidden Fortress, Kagemusha, and Ran have all been personally cited as inspirations for the upper echelons of the directing world. The directors that Kurosawa’s films were muses for were; Ingmar Bergman, Frederico Fellini, Bernardo Bertolucci, Andrei Tarkovsky, Werner Herzog, Stanley Kubrick, and probably most famously, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas as you’ll see in the next episode of Cinemallennials.
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Seven Samurai follows a village of poor farmers and their families under threat of yet another harvest raiding party made by a group of brutal bandits in one of Japan’s deadliest periods. After consulting with the local wise man, the farmers are set on their quest to find hungry samurai who are willing to defend the village from its impending doom. The farmers achieve their goal of finding and feeding their hungry samurai, but even both the villagers and the samurai might not be who they exactly claim to be. So, sit back relax, and don’t try to recruit samurai by attempting to knock them out.