October 19, 2010
- Runtime: 207 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in Japanese
A Japanese classic about a 16th century village which hires seven samurai to defend them against bandits. A forerunner to the American western "The Magnificent Seven " Academy Award Nominations: Best (Black-and-White) Art Direction-Set Direction, Best (Black-and-White) Costume Design.
Additional cast members included Kamatari Fujiwara (Manzo) and Bokuzen Hidari (Yohei) as villagers.
The film was influenced by American westerns and was later remade in the USA by John Sturges as "The Magnificent Seven."
The Home Vision Cinema VHS version is a newly remastered, full-length cut with new subtitles. The print used is from the Janus collection.