Seven Samurai

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BBFC RatingSeven Samurai

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GenreAction, Drama
Director(s)Akira Kurosawa
Writer(s)Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni
Running Time3HR 26MINS
Extra InfoSubtitled / 5 Min Intermission
SeasonMain Programme

Widely considered one of the best films of all time, Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai is immensely influential and arguably the defining work of Japanese cinema.

When 16th-century farmers whose village is repeatedly attacked by merciless bandits ask an elderly, masterless samurai (Takashi Shimura) for help, offering nothing but food in return, he hesitantly agrees and assembles a band of warriors to defend and train the villagers.

Boasting terrific performances, (with Shimura and Toshiro Mifune – as a peasant masquerading as a samurai – particularly memorable), superb camerawork, and expertly mounted battle sequences, Seven Samurai is undoubtedly one of the greatest action films ever made.

This film will feature a 5 minute intermission.

"Not only a great film in its own right, but the source of a genre that would flow through the rest of the century." - Roger Ebert

The re-release of Seven Samurai is one of the highlights of BFI Japan 2021: 100 Years of Japanese Cinema, at cinemas UK-wide from October – December 2021.

We're delighted to swing open the cinema door once more. You might like to read more about the measures we're taking to reduce the risk from COVID-19, including allocated seating. Find out more here. If you have any questions, we've got a new range of FAQs here, and you can email us on

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