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5.0 out of 5 stars
Pure adventure in every sense of the word., 26 Aug 2003
When i first looked at this film i admit i was apprehensive as it was a 1954 black and white film with subtitles, however after watching it you simply canot deny how great this film is. Every character is wonderfully written and acted, you really can see the difference in personality of each an every person in the film and their interactions with one and other. Akira Kurosawa does the samurai legends justice in a sprawling epic far ahead of its time.
For those who dont know much about Japanese history this film is set in the sixteenth century where bandits room the land and samurai (warriors) give there services to the highest bidder, here a farmer overhears some bandits talking about their plains to raid his village when the harvest is ready, fearing the death and destruction the bandits bring the farmers set out to higher samurai with very little money after finding the right samurai for the job they return to the village where the peasants are trained and plans are made for a defense.
This film does not need huge explosions or massivly expensive special effects it is simply a brilliant film and a must see for anyone who knows what a good film is.