Episode 38: Seven Samurai (1954)

This is the nature of war. By protecting others, you save yourselves. If you only think of yourself, you’ll only destroy yourself.

Kambei Shimada, Seven Samurai

FIRST TIME VIEWERS:  BETHANY, CHERYL, JOE

When faced with a three and a half hour, subtitled, black and white 1954 movie about samurai in the 16th century, it was admittedly a bit daunting for those of us who hadn’t yet seen Akira Kurosawa’s fabled epic. But, we harvested our rice, packed our meager bags, and set out on a journey to find our heroes.

Is this the most Western Eastern movie we’ve ever seen? How does it compare to the multitude of remakes, reimaginings, and takeoffs it’s inspired? Does it feel as long as its runtime? Can modern Western viewers find relevant themes in this story of ancient warriors? How incredibly awesome is Toshiro Mifune? Listen to find out whether we’ll battle like samurai and bandits, or join our magnificent five personalities together in harmony to defeat our fear of this lengthy classic.

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