Unrated | | Adventure, Drama
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.
According to Shinobu Hashimoto, the film originally started with the same bandits attacking another village, and the ultimate opening shot was what happened after that attack. Akira Kurosawa decided to cut the attack sequence, believing an "unassuming" start was the best way to ... ...
We'll take this place next.
Bandit Chief: We took it last autumn. They haven't got anything worth taking yet. Let's wait.
At one point in the English translation of the Criterion edition, one of the characters makes reference to "playing possum," Opossums are only found in the Western Hemisphere, and would have been unknown to medieval Japan except possibly by a few scholars.
$21,830 (USA) (30 August 2002)
$269,061 (USA) (29 August 2003)
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