Topic: Kurosawa's Seven Samurai 35mm Print!! @ The Plaza Nov 1&6/2010
7:00pm, Tuesday, March 1, 2011
12:00pm, Saturday, March 5, 2011
The Plaza Theatre Â· 1133 Kensington Road NW
35mm Â· B&W Â· 207 mins Â· Japanese w/ English subtitles
Quite the change of pace, Kurosawa's Seven Samurai harnessed the action genre like no-one in 1954 had before. By alternating between multiple cameras, and casting Toshiro Mifune as the comical seventh samurai, the pacing is fresh, rapid, and involvingâ€”despite the 207-minute runtime. As the largest Japanese production of its day, Kurosawa was able to exploit vast custom built sets (like a purpose-built island village), and had access to a wealth of equipment with which to innovate. And innovate he didâ€”Seven Samurai is the faraway source of a great many of the staples of today's action movies.
Breathtaking, fastmoving, and overflowing with a delightfully self-mocking sense of humor, Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai is one of the most popular and influential Japanese films ever made.
David Ehrenstein, 1999, Criterion