Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.
For the love scenes between Shino and Katsushiro, Akira Kurosawa wanted to achieve a "glittering" effect in Shino's eyes. To do this, he used angled mirrors on the ground to reflect light up onto her face. Because of constant retakes, Keiko Tsushima's eyes were ultimately injured by overexposure to the glaring light.
We'll take this place next.
Bandit Chief: We took it last autumn. They haven't got anything worth taking yet. Let's wait.
When the samurai are giving battle advice to the peasants, who sit around them forming a circle, the camera does a rather wide circle shot of them. You can see the dolly track behind the seated peasants.
Initial Japanese release at 206 minutes plus intermission. Initial U.S.A. release as 'The Magnificent Seven' in November, 1956, with English subtitles, running time 158 minutes. Landmark Films U.S.A. release in December 1982, running time 203 minutes. Later U.S.A. releases by Avco-Embassy Pictures, Janus Films, and Films Incorporated, running time 208 minutes. Home video version running time 206 minutes.
$21,830 (USA) (1 September 2002)
$269,061 (USA) (31 August 2003)
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