Full Movie Reviews
SteelCity99 - wrote on 04/28/2018
Akira Kurosawa is one of the most critically acclaimed directors in the history of cinematography, and he undoubtedly became in the most influential filmmaker for the future generations to come since he started to construct his extraordinary and enviable filmography. Kurosawa considerably popularized the samurai genre within the Seventh Art and his incomparable stories achieved to inspire several directors such as John Sturges with The Magnificent Seven (1960), Sergio Leone with Per un Pugno di Dollari (1964), Sergio Corbucci with Django (1966), George Lucas with Star Wars (1977), Walter Hill with Last Man Standing (1996), John Lasseter with A Bug's Life (1998), Quentin Tarantino more notably with Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) and Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004), and Takashi Miike with Sukiyaki …
Matthew Brady - wrote on 04/30/2016
Let me ask you a quick question: When you're watching a movie, what's the first thing you notice or look for? Acting? Lighting? Color? Shots? Shapes? All of these are just naming a few great elements of what makes a movie so special, as there's plenty more out there that I probably left out, but those are mostly the key ones that some film makers choice when making a movie. But when I watch a movie, the first thing I look for is hidden quality, storytelling by the characters movements, acting, lighting, and the use of silence to add emotion to a scene. And yes, this movie absolutely has all of those things I love in movies and much more. I think I died and went to movie heaven.
Sometimes when I talk about a beloved movie that many film makers and critics out there consider a …
Yojimbo - wrote on 04/23/2012
A rural village in feudal Japan decides to fight back against the bandits who have been raiding them by hiring samurai from a nearby town. One of the many remarkable things about Akira Kurosawa's astonishing historical epic is the fact that at nearly 3 and a half hours it never drags for a single second of it's length. Not one bit. That fact alone is testament to Kurosawa's incredible skill as both writer and director. The balance of artful visuals and narrative is perfect and every character is fascinating and perfectly played, especially Toshiro Mifune's gleeful and almost feral glory hound and Takashi Shimura's good hearted but wily Ronin. And if like me you still wanted more after its not inconsiderable running time, its Hollywood remake The Magnificent Seven is a damn fine film in …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 09/08/2011
A story of decent hard working farmer’s being pestered by bandits. They seek help from a samurai. A leader was named Kambei Shimada (Takashi Shimura) was first recruited. After witnessing a rescue by Kambei of a child, Katsushirō Okamoto (Isao Kimura) is interested in being a disciple. Gorōbei Katayama is recruited by Kambei and is a skilled archer. A former lieutenant, Shichirōji (Daisuke Katō) is also included. Gorōbei recruits Heihachi Hayashida (Minoru Chiaki) and while a skilled samurai Kyūzō (Seiji Miyaguchi) joins the group. A personal favorite of mine, Kikuchiyo (Toshirō Mifune) is a hot-headed character who enjoys women and mocking the Samurai way of life. Kambei strategizes in killing the bandits while getting assistance from …
The M.O.W. - wrote on 08/01/2008
"The Seven Samurai" is a tediously long movie (about 3 hours and 30 minutes in length) about a village of farmers who hire a small band of samurai to defend their village from a much larger group of bandits.
The film is really slow at the beginning, and it takes a long time to introduce the samurais. However, once they arrive at the village the pace of the movie picks up a bit.
Some of the acting is a bit over-the-top and hard to believe, but most of that is the characters that are there for comic relief. Many others appear to be trying to hard in their acting and come across as poor performances. Personally, I just couldn't get into the main characters enough to feel anything when some were either killed or injured.
The visuals are done well, with only a few scenes that …