Sunday, October 10, 2010

Length is Relative

“The Hours and Times” discusses director Akira Kurosawa’s most popular and epic film, “Seven Samurai”. The film is well known for its length, which is three hours and twenty-seven minutes long. Screenwriters Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, and Hideo Oguni completely finished writing the script in six weeks. During that time, they forbid any visitors or phone calls from disturbing them. Preproduction alone lasted three months, and the actual shooting spanned out over a year. Although the film is incredible in length, according to the article, “Seven Samurai uses its length creatively”. Time allows the audience to get to know the important characters as individuals and creates an emotional connection with some characters. The story unravels smoothly and naturally, it occurs over the seasons from planting to harvesting. No scenes are rushed, like when the peasants search for the protection of Samurai. The overall article was basically appreciating the significance of the story and length of “Seven Samurai”.

Sitting for three hours and twenty seven minutes watching “Seven Samurai” honestly flew right by me. The story of the film was so captivating. Each scene had a purpose, and it slowly unraveled into something even more exciting every minute. The story was portrayed so vividly and obtained the appropriate amount time on each scene; nothing was confusing. The length of the movie was perfect because over time the audience can witness the bond growing between the Samurai and villagers. The plot was so amazing and humorous it created a connection between me and the characters.


  1. I felt exactly the same way! Like there was a connection between each of the characters and myself. Awesome post, you delievered relative information in the least amount of words. Nice post.

  2. I agree with Jaysie; this is an excellent post, Tiara.