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Thursday, 04 October 2012


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And of course The Seven Samurai was the basis for The Magnificent Seven.

Ah, thanks for that. Put in my order for the Claridge book (Paypal is working fine now).

As for the Kurosawa, a classic in the best sense of the term. Criterion has made its usual top-drawer effort to bring us the very best remastering and extras available (I already have a copy). Highly re-watchable.

Agreed, The Seven Samurai is a great movie and a great Kurosawa movie. However, personally I like Yojimbo even more, which is a re-interpretation of Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest, and was later re-made in A handful of dollars with Clint Eastwood. Kurosawa was quite inspired by American storytelling. An equally good but quite different Kurosawa movie was Ikiru, a must see film about one sad man. Beautiful photography as well. But the best Japanese film I have ever seen, in all aspects but especially in terms of the quality of the photography is Tokyo Story by Yasujiro Ozu. That is a movie for the ages.

Velvet CEll book have the same feel..low price saddle stitched..Mostly focused on night photography in urban landscape,one of my favourite subjects back in the analog days.

Not only the superb "Seven Samurai" but also the wonderfully ambitious "Samurai Trilogy," which also stars Mifune Tishiro. Just about a month ago I was looking to buy both of these movies, but I wasn't happy with the price. Now I am, and now both purchased. Thanks much!

Good movie. BTW, what are your ten best?

Stephen, it was also the basis for Pixar's "A Bug's Life."

Kind of like "The Shop Around the Corner" begat "In the Good Old Summertime" begat "You've Got Mail."

Just be sure to view them in the correct chronological order lest you think the original ripped off a later version, like when I was young and finally listened to Buddy Holly music and wondered why he was covering so many Linda Ronstadt songs. :o

Oh goodie a Japanese movie OT treat on TOP! I love it when stuff like this happens.
Ditto to all the movie recommendations posted so far. May I add High and Low to the Kurosawa list? It's one of the great cop movies of all time.
If you want to drift off into Japanese art films check out Double Suicide by Masaharo Shinoda. Same for Ugetsu Monogatari.
This is why they made Netflix.

I like both Kurosawa films (Seven & Yojimbo) which I saw on the big screen in high school. I didn't know then who Kurosawa was nor that he was the director.

Much later I rented his Dreams in LaserDisc (not released in local theaters). I would later buy it when the rental store was giving them away at a bargain as they transitioned to DVD. LaserDisc rentals cost more then than today's DVD's of older releases. (My small LaserDisc collection had been orphaned since my Pioneer player conked out.)

I think that Clint Eastwood's Iwo Jima diptych falls within this genre. Would you recommend him?

"The Seven Samurai" was the basis for a *lot* of films. Some forgotten, some forgettable, some not-so-bad ones, some classics... Deciding where "Battle Beyond the Stars" sits is always a source of lively debate.

If you're into anime, it's worth it to search out "Samurai 7" - which re-imagines "The Seven Samurai" in a post apocalyptic/steampunk setting.


I was fortunate have the best possible introduction to "The 7 Samurai" I could have wished.

I first saw this movie when I was 13 or 14 on TV in my home in Chile (years before I moved here to the USA). I started watching this strange and fascinating movie about old Japan without knowing who directed it, who were those amazing actors or anything.

I was entranced, and did not stop watching. This was a major discovery and influenced my young mind in profound ways. I did not know what I had just seen, but it did not matter. Years later I discovered others thought that this was a masterpiece of cinema. But I already knew that.

Check other Kurosawa films, they are all worth it, no matter where or when they are set. "Stray Dog" for example is set in 1949 Japan, after the destruction of the war and before the Japanese economic boom started, it is one of the best police movies I have seen. Incidentally the "bad guy" in this movie is the same that played the young and inexperienced Samurai in 7 samurai. I will stop here but there is so much more ...


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