Nominated for 2 Oscars and 3 BAFTAs, this is considered one of world cinema's greatest films. Don't miss it.
The Hyderabad Film Club, as part of the ongoing retrospective on Japanese Director Akira Kurosawa from 14th to 18th October, is screening Seven Samurai, on 15th October at the Sarathi Studios. The film is about an improvished farming community targeted by bandits, which hires a group of rag-tag samurai to defend them in exchange for food and shelter.
The samurai charecters include the leader, a seasoned warrior who is maybe fighting the last battle of his life; a master swordsman; and a tramp who trags along for comical relief but ends up proving his worth in the battle.
In typical Kurosawa fashion, these stakes are brought to life for the spectator through the dynamic and highly charged emotional conflicts of individual characters in the film. Kurosowa constructs a superb narrative bursting with incident, that is by turns exciting, absorbing, moving and funny.
The important thing about his characters is that they speak only when they must, only when they cannot communicate by gesture or other ways. And when they speak, their language is terse, clipped and brutally functional.
The film was remade by Hollywood as 'The Magnificient Seven' and it stuck with the original. Carefully and lovingly, reconstructing medieval Japan, Kurosawa reveals the entire spectrum of human strength and weakness with absolute clarity of vision.
Winner of the 1954 Venice Film Festival's Silver Lion and nominated in subsequent years for 2 Oscars (Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (Takashi Matsuyama) and Best Costume Design (Kôhei Ezaki)) as well as for 2 British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs) (Best Film and Best Foreign Actor (2 nominations, Toshiro Mifune and Takeshi Shimura)), Seven Samurai is widely acknowledged as one of Kurosawa's, and indeed Japan's and World cinema's, greatest films.
With Kurosawa’s death in 1998, the world lost one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Kurosawa was acclaimed as an original and great filmmaker during his lifetime, nationally and internationally. His films received a number of prestigious awards at home and abroad. He had directed 30 feature films.
Please contact Bh S S Prakash Reddy of the Hyderabad Film Club at 2373-0841/93910-20243 for further details.