- Jul 11, 2001
I'm saving your assessment here alongside Roger Ebert's in my data for Seven Samurai.i can sit down and watch seven samurai, the whole three hours, without any problem. no matter how many times i have watched it.
1. it looks real; this is a major point in filmmaking, i need to believe that what i see is the real thing and not fake
2. the story makes sense and flows flawlessly from one cause to another.
3. the characters are gripping. not just Toshiro Mifune, but the surly Kyuzo, the idealistic Katsushiro, down to the *quite evil* village leader, and they never look like they were made diverse on purpose, but rather they look like a bunch of samurai who were assembled randomly.
4. the filmography is amazing 60 years on.
5. there are some genuinely shocking moments in the film; the suicide of shame of the woman abducted by the bandits. the death of Kyuzo, who we think is invincible, but instead of dying a hero, he just becomes a casualty. The speech of the village leader.
the only so-so bit in the whole film is Kyuzo's duel; his opponent is a caricature, but it doesn't affect the film negatively.
i vastly prefer this film to Rashomon. Rashomon is an art film, 7 Samurai is .. a war film. A film about realism, life, and death. The message is real and can apply to everyone who watches it.
In my minds eye I can see Toshiro Mifune jumping up and down in excitement, 1/2 naked and sometimes in the mud of the rains. Fact is, they filmed a lot of this in extreme cold, winter was on them and if he wasn't extremely physical he couldn't have maintained the body heat to survive some of the filming. I think I got that in extras on the disks.