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Seven Samurai is heading back to UK cinemas

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Genuinely epic in scale and tone, Akira Kurosawa’s exhilarating, hugely influential samurai film is a towering achievement.

On 1st May 2020 Seven Samurai will be back on the big screen in cinemas UK-wide to thrill a new generation of action movie fans. The film’s re-release is one of the highlights of JAPAN 2020, a 5-month UK-wide season presented by the BFI to celebrate Japanese film. 2020 is also the centenary of the birth of the legendary Japanese actor Toshirô Mifune (1 April 2020 – 24 December 1997), who stars in SEVEN SAMURAI and who appeared in 16 of Kurosawa’s films.

When 16th-century farmers whose village is repeatedly attacked by merciless bandits ask an elderly, masterless samurai (Takashi Shimura) for help, offering nothing but food in return, he hesitantly agrees, and assembles a band of warriors to defend and train the villagers…

Boasting terrific performances (with Shimura and Mifune, as a peasant masquerading as a samurai, particularly memorable), superb camerawork, and expertly mounted battle sequences, SEVEN SAMURAI is undoubtedly one of the greatest action movies ever made. Moreover, in its rich attention to detail, its vivid characterisations and its sorrowing acknowledgement of life’s injustices, it recalls the profound masterpieces of Homer and Shakespeare.

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