Seven Samurai  



The Mighty Warriors Who Became the Seven National Heroes of a Small Town

Seven Samurai (1954)

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A samurai answers a village's request for protection after he falls on hard times. The town needs protection from bandits, so the samurai gathers six others to help him teach the people how to defend themselves, and the villagers provide the soldiers with food. A giant battle occurs when 40 bandits attack the village.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Writers: Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni, Akira Kurosawa.

Release Date: 1954-04-26
Status: Released
Run time: 207 min / 3:27
Budget: $2,000,000
Revenue: $271,841
Production Company : Toho Company, Ltd.
Production Country: Japan
Release Date: 1954-04-26
Status: Released
Run time: 207 min / 3:27
Budget: $2,000,000
Revenue: $271,841

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Casts

Toshirō Mifune
as Kikuchiyo
Takashi Shimura
as Kambei Shimada
Yoshio Inaba
as Gorobei Katayama
Seiji Miyaguchi
as Kyuzo
Minoru Chiaki
as Heihachi Hayashida
Daisuke Katô
as Shichiroji
Isao Kimura
as Katsushiro Okamoto
Keiko Tsushima
as Shino
Yukiko Shimazaki
as Rikichi's Wife
Kamatari Fujiwara
as Manzô - Father of Shino
Yoshio Kosugi
as Mosuke
Bokuzen Hidari
as Yohei
Yoshio Tsuchiya
as Rikichi
Kokuten Kôdô
as Gisaku, the Old Man
Eijirō Tōno
as Kidnapper
Jun Tatara
as Coolie A
Atsushi Watanabe
as Bun Seller
Toranosuke Ogawa
as Grandfather of Kidnapped Girl
Isao Yamagata
as Samurai
Kichijirô Ueda
as Bandit Scout
Sôjin Kamiyama
as Blind Player
Gen Shimizu
as Samurai Who Kicks Farmers
Keiji Sakakida
as Gosaku
Shinpei Takagi
as Bandit Chieftain
Shin Ôtomo
as Bandit Second-in-Command
Toshio Takahara
as Samurai with Gun
Hiroshi Sugi
as Tea Shop Owner
Hiroshi Hayashi
as Weak Ronin
Sachio Sakai
as Coolie #2
Sôkichi Maki
as Strong-Looking Samurai
Ichirô Chiba
as Buddhist Priest
Noriko Sengoku
as Wife of Gono Family
Noriko Honma
as Woman Farmer
Masanobu Ôkubo
as Samurai
Etsuo Saijo
as Bandit
Minoru Itô
as Samurai
Haruya Sakamoto
as Samurai
Gorô Sakurai
as Samurai
Hideo Shibuya
as Bandit
Kiyoshi Kamoda
as Samurai
Senkichi Ômura
as Bandit Who Escapes
Takashi Narita
as Bandit Who Escapes
Shôichi Hirose
as Bandit
Kôji Uno
as Bandit
Masaaki Tachibana
as Bandit
Kamayuki Tsubono
as Bandit
Taiji Naka
as Bandit
Chindanji Miyagawa
as Bandit
Shigemi Sunagawa
as Bandit
Akira Tani
as Bandit
Akio Kusama
as Bandit
Ryûtarô Amami
as Bandit
Jun Mikami
as Bandit
Haruo Nakajima
as Bandit
Sanpei Mine
as Farmer
Masahide Matsushita
as Samurai
Kaneo Ikeda
as Samurai
Takuzô Kumagaya
as Gisaku's Son
Ippei Kawagoe
as Farmer
Jirô Suzukawa
as Farmer
Junpei Natsuki
as Farmer
Kyôichi Kamiyama
as Farmer
Haruo Suzuki
as Farmer
Gorô Amano
as Farmer
Akira Kitchôji
as Farmer
Kôji Iwamoto
as Farmer
Hiroshi Akitsu
as Husband of Gono Family
Akira Yamada
as Farmer
Kazuo Imai
as Farmer
Eisuke Nakanishi
as Farmer
Toku Ihara
as Farmer
Hideo Ôtsuka
as Farmer
Shû Ôe
as Farmer
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi
as Farmer in Front of Gono
Yasumasa Ônishi
as Farmer
Tsuneo Katagiri
as Farmer in Front of Gono
Megeru Shimoda
as Farmer
Masayoshi Kawabe
as Farmer
Shigeo Katô
as Farmer
Yoshikazu Kawamata
as Farmer
Takeshi Seki
as Coolie #3
Haruko Toyama
as Gisaku's Daughter-in-Law
Tsuruko Mano
as Woman Farmer in front of Gono
Matsue Ono
as Woman Farmer
Tsurue Ichimanji
as Woman Farmer
Masako Ôshiro
as Woman Farmer
Kyôko Ozawa
as Woman Farmer
Michiko Kadono
as Farmer's Wife
Toshiko Nakano
as Farmer's Wife
Shizuko Azuma
as Farmer's Wife
Michiko Kawabe
as Farmer's Wife
Yûko Togawa
as Farmer's Wife
Yayoko Kitano
as Farmer's Wife
Misao Suyama
as Woman Farmer
Toriko Takahara
as Woman Farmer
Takeshi Katô
as Samurai Wandering through Town
Tatsuya Nakadai
as Samurai Wandering through Town
Ken Utsui
as Samurai Wandering through Town
Ren Yamamoto
as Farmer
Kyoko Mori
as Farmer's Wife

Crew

Directing Akira Kurosawa Director
Writing Shinobu Hashimoto Screenplay
Writing Hideo Oguni Screenplay
Writing Akira Kurosawa Screenplay
Production Sôjirô Motoki Producer
Sound Fumio Hayasaka Original Music Composer
Camera Asakazu Nakai Director of Photography
Editing Akira Kurosawa Editor
Art Takashi Matsuyama Production Design
Directing Sakae Hirosawa Assistant Director
Directing Hiromichi Horikawa Assistant Director
Directing Yasuyoshi Tajitsu Assistant Director
Art Yoshirô Muraki Assistant Art Director
Crew Fumio Yanoguchi Sound Recordist
Lighting Shigeru Mori Lighting Technician
Camera Takao Saitô First Assistant Camera
Crew Takeharu Shimada Production Office Assistant
Directing Teruyo Nogami Script Supervisor
Sound Masaru Satô Music
Production Hiroshi Nezu Production Supervisor
Sound Ichirô Minawa Sound Effects Editor
Lighting Mitsuo Kaneko Lighting Technician
Art Kôichi Hamamura Set Decoration
Art Sô Matsuyama Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Kôhei Ezaki Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Mieko Yamaguchi Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Midori Nakajô Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Junjirô Yamada Makeup Artist
Directing Toshi Kaneko Assistant Director
Directing Masaya Shimizu Assistant Director
Art Kôichi Hamamura Property Master
Sound Masanao Uehara Sound Assistant
Crew Haruo Nakajima Stunts
Camera Masao Fukuda Still Photographer
Editing Hiroshi Nezu Editorial Manager
Production Yûji Hamada Accountant
Production Teruyo Nogami Production Assistant

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