What a great movie. Probably one of the greatest samurai movies of all time. And one of the greatest movies created by the great director Akira Kurosawa, widely considered his greatest piece of work. The characters, the story line, the filming. Amazing. One of my favorite films of all time.
I first saw this film in 2006 and I recently watched it for a second time. It takes place during the Warring States Period in Japan, around the late 1500s. It is a story about a village of farmers who are terrorized by vicious bandits. The village hires a group of seven masterless samurai, ronin, to help them fight the violent criminal bandits.
The film is in Black and White and was the single largest undertaking by a Japanese filmmaker at the time. It had a major influence on the Western film, The Magnificent Seven, which was adapted from The Seven Samurai.
I have seen several samurai movies including some others by Kurosawa and this was by far the most impressive. I highly recommend it.