Fri, 14 June 2013
In 1954, the internationally acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa released his most epic film to date, a story of a poor village who hire seven unique samurai to protect them from a maurading gang of bandits. But nothing could have prepared him for not just the admiration from audiences worldwide, but that this film would change Hollywood forever. It also turned respected actor Toshiro Mifune into an international celebrity for his portrayal of a character that would influence the portrayals of Dirty Harry, Han Solo, and many others. But does this film deserve it's cushy top-ten spot on the IMDB boards or does it go down like a cold bowl of millet? Eric, Kent, & Lobster travel to feudal Japan to find out.
Show Notes: The essay by Sidney Lumet can be found in the most recent Criterion Collection release of the film on DVD/Blu-Ray. You can purchase the film here.