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5 Things You May Not Know About Akira Kurosawa's 'Seven Samurai'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 26, 2012 9:58 AM
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Picking your favorite Akira Kurosawa film is a tricky choice for any movie fan. From "Rashomon" to "Ran," the great Japanese filmmaker, one of the most beloved and influential directors of all time, knocked out a string of classics in a career that lasted well over 40 years. But more often than not, at the top of the list for Kurosawa fans is "Seven Samurai," the 1954 samurai epic that redefined the action movie for generations.

The Weinsteins Hire A Hack To Butcher 'Seven Samurai' In A Remake No One Wants

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2011 8:37 AM
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In the works for a long time now, this is a project we hoped would sit around, collect dust and never really happen but now there is fresh movement and we couldn't be more nauseated.

BAMcinématek: Kurosawa’s Samurai, Part 1. (Oct. 29th—Nov. 5th).

  • By The Playlist
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  • October 29, 2010 6:31 AM
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Certainly more creative retrospectives could be assembled from the 30 films Akira Kurosawa made as director, but we suppose even gripping noir like "High and Low" and "Drunken Angel" don't quite carry the iconic stamp this filmmaker’s “Samurai Films” do. And so for their latest program, Brooklyn's BAMcinematek offers up all eight of 'em, providing you an opportunity to see these classics of Japanese cinema on the big screen, perhaps for the first time. The retrospective runs from Oct. 29th to Nov. 21st, and we're taking a two-part look at the films that will be featured there (coincidentally enough, news about the existence of new Kurosawa-penned scripts broke this afternoon). In this entry, we look at those showing in the retro's first leg—Oct. 29th to Nov. 5th—including Kurosawa's most recognizable title, "Seven Samurai" (which will show at BAM twice on Halloween, at 3 and 7). Check back next week when we look at the latter half of the retrospective, which features: the “Kuwabatake Sanjuro” diptych "Yojimbo" and "Sanjuro"; late-period triumph "Ran"; and "Star Wars" inspiration "The Hidden Fortress."

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