Seven Samurai

Dec 04, 2014

(Akira Kurosawa, 1954, Japan, 16mm, 207 min)

16mm print!
60th anniversary screening!
Skype introduction by author Richard D. Pepperman (Everything I Know About Filmmaking I Learned Watching Seven Samurai)

One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira Kurosawa—featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative and unforgettable tale of courage and hope.

Akira Kurosawa's epic tale probes concepts of honor and duty, during an historical time when the old traditional order was breaking down. 

We'll be joined via Skype by film editor Richard D. Pepperman, author of the forthcoming book Everything I Know About Filmmaking I Learned Watching Seven Samurai. Pepperman's credits include work as an editor, post production supervisor and consultant on features, documentaries, industrials, music videos, and commercials. He is currently a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

  • Looking for a pre-screening light dinner and drinks? Enjoy 25% off at Shibumi on December 4th before the screening of Seven Samurai, by showing your ticket.

Shibumi (at 13th and E. Pine Street) serves classical Japanese ippin (small plates) by chef Eric Stapelman, as well as fresh, traditional sushi items by master sushi chef Hideyuki Goto. Their menu is complimented by an extensive handpicked selection of artisan sake and an original house cocktail list that highlights Japanese ingredients.  

"One of the great pleasures in revisiting Akira Kurosawa’s action-filled 1954 masterpiece is how the seven different samurai will consider the odds and adversity against them, then simply throw back their heads and laugh." —Seattle Weekly, The Pick List


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