Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai

by Akira Kurosawa




"You welcomed us as you would a plague. But when you heard the alarm, "Oh Samurai!" you turned to worship us." — Kikuchiyo in Seven Samurai

  • Gives the movie fan an insight into the history, making and meaning of the classic film Seven Samaurai.
  • Provides analysis of the film narrative and form, examines the style of film, and sets the context of the film with an explanation of Japanese history and culture.
  • Includes a glossary of Japanese & cinematic terms, a bibliography of the film and a listing of websites having to do with the Seven Samurai or Akira Kurosawa.
Go behind the scenes with the ultimate film guides and get the bigger picture. Discover how Akira Kurosawa's movie career began with a competition win and developed into one of the most highly respected Japanese directors. Understand how the sheer range of cinematography helped endorse the status of the film into an all time classic. Consider the importance of the film at the time of it's release and the changes it instigated within film making. Understand the influence the film and director had on other movie makers and what relationship Seven Samurai has with the classic Western, The Magnificant Seven. Learn about the final image of the film and its symbolic significance and how Toshiro Mifune and Kurosawa met and what influence each had on the others work. Written in an accessible style, Seven Samurai is excellent reading for the movie fan or film student alike.

Roy Stafford is a freelance lecturer in film education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671206192
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/1970
Series: Film Scripts Modern Ser.

Table of Contents



Reading Seven Samurai.

Key Players' Biographies.

Director as Auteur.


Genre in Japanese & American cinema.

Narrative Structure.


Narrative Shape.

Narrative Time.

Narrative Space.

Structuring Oppositions.


Japanese Aesthetics & Influences on Cinema.

Kurosawa & Japanese Aesthetics.

Seven Samurai & Style.

Visual Style.

Music & Sound.


Japanese History & Culture.

Cinema in Japan.

Cultural Context - 1954.

Readings of Seven Samurai in Cultural Context.

On Film Makers.

Production & Reception.



Japanese Terms.

Cinematic Terms.


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