Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.
Fumio Hayasaka composed several pieces for the film, but when he played them for Akira Kurosawa, the director rejected them. Desperate for something that would please the filmmaker, Hayasaka decided to play him a piece he'd composed and then discarded. Kurosawa liked it, and ... ...
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) (1 September 2002)
$269,061 (USA) (31 August 2003)