Seven Samurai Themes

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Seven Samurai (1954) The film Seven Samurai (1954) directed by Akira Kurosawa, takes place in Japan during the early sixteenth-century. This time period consisted of civil wars and endless conflicts which left many farmers vulnerable and fearful of bandits. This film tells the story about a Japanese farming village that is constantly threatened by bandits who want to ransack the land. These farmers have suffered enough and therefore devise a plan to hire seven samurai to help them defend their land, in exchange for food and board. The seven samurai teach the villagers to fight and defend themselves against the bandits which lead to their victory in the end. Although, four out of the seven samurai are killed during the battles. This film connects to the theme of samurai ideals and realities through its characters, dialogue and scenes. To begin with, the whole movie is based around seven highly skilled samurai who help farmers defend their land. This film incorporates the rules and expectations a samurai is supposed to obey. This is illustrated through the problematic relationship that arises between a farmer (Shino) and a samurai (Katsushiro). This illustrates the…show more content…
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