Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Movie Worth Making Your Butt Numb

Appropriate title for a film with such length.
Seven Samurai is a film pushing the viewer's stamina for watching it. But making it fit every ounce of story and detail into those three hours.
It is a story about a magnificent group of seven lone samurai brought together by a village of farmers who wish for aid against pillaging bandits.
Director Akira Kurosawa definitely created a one of a kind epic in this extensive movie.
Reading the review written by Kenneth Turan, I'd have to say I agree with him and his review of the film. It wasn't a movie made so lengthy to boost Kurosawa's personal ego (maybe is secretly was) but the longevity of the film was just so because of the story. The beginning part of the movie scrolls out with a few farmers desperately trying to find "four" skilled and hungry samurai. The find an elder samurai worthy of being called a master. He and a very young swordsman begin to harvest five others to join them in this "war".
An intermission cuts the film in half. Giving the audience a moment to stretch and discuss what they already witnessed. The second part of the film carries on and we see the anticipated
battle that had been building throughout the whole film.
The ending of the film lays out with the farmers productively doing (way more shit) than previously. The surviving samurai watch the farmers work and look on to the graves of those who fell in battle.
The movie, in my opinion, was extremely well done and worth buying. I think the seventh samurai being the greatest character in it. By the end of the film it leaves you with an expression like this. Not of boredom just of Kikuchiyo.

True Samurai Spirit

The film Seven Samurai opens with a village. The farmers are plagued by bandits and do not want them to come again. So they decide to go into the towns and hire samurai to defend them. The villagers have nothing to offer except three meals a day. Thru their search they encounter a samurai who saves a boy and kills a bandit hidden in a barn. The villagers follow him, but the samurai is also followed by two other samurai. A seasoned samurai examines the older one when a young samurai maybe eighteen years old begs the older man to take him as a disciple. The older samurai is a ronin (masterless samurai) and accepts the boy as a student. As the two samurai walk into town the villagers beg their aid. They accept the terms of aid and search for five more samurai. They find three skilled men and an old friend of the ronin. The ronin and his disciple are out searching and find a master swordsman and watch a duel which he wins. The swordsman later joins the group along with a drunkard who is the seasoned/middleage samurai. After a little game with him while he's drunk they accept him but test him as they walk to the village. When they arrive the samurai begin to make preparations to defend the village. Time passes and the samurai and villagers become comfortable with each other and the samurai teach the villagers to weild spears to aid in the defence. Bandit scouts are spotted and Kikuchiyo (drunk samurai) and the master swordsman dispatch them and the people prepare for war. The battle takes place over four days each day bandits and villagers are lost. Through all the battles and losses the farmers are victorious and the bandits all dead. The samurai are now three and defeated. For victory was not theirs but the farmers.

The film was a masterful showing of the samurai and the way their spirits soar. The film is very well shot directed and acted. As long as the film is that passage of time is much needed to show the characters grow as individuals and as a team of warriors. My favorite parts were of course the fight scenes but the greatest was the scene of the duel. The master swordsman showed true Bushido. Seen by those who study and practice it, others would call it fighting prowess. when in truth it is so much more. I believe the films length is needed as stated in the article by Kenneth Turban. For true samurai fans and samurai themselves this film is a must see.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

long or short? does it make a difference?

i felt that the movie seven samurai was a good movie. although i felt that whether the movie was short or long it is good. it is a good movie because is tells a full good story and has an excellent plot. but i think that the movie wouldve had the same impact if it was shorter and not a 3 hour movie. i actually got kinda restless, no i didnt fall asleep in the movie this time but the good thing was that i got restless during the break time. i loved the young couple that fell in love in the movie. they remind me of every cartoon love story that ive ever seen. like lady and the trap? i like when the twos dogs are shy at first and then they get closer. then eventually start getting to know each other, and "walla" they fall in love. that is what came to mind when the young couple were chasing each other in the field of flowers. as for the samurais, i enjoyed their own individual personalities and how they are different in some ways. but they all believe the same beliefs of being a strong warrior and not drinking, following the way of a samurai. the samurais that i admired the most was the one that was asked if he was the son of a farmer. he got made fun of but he didnt let it bother him that much. he also tried to do the right thing, i didnt like that he died. my favorite part out of the whole movie was when the young samurai when to shoni (i dont know if i spelled her name right) and offered her rice. he then said that he tried millet for the first time and it was terrible. i was hoping for a good response of him loving the millet but no he crushed my dreams and said that he didnt like it. but i truly believe that the movie couldve had the same impact no matter how long or how short the movie was. i would definitely watch the movie again but ill wait a while before i sit down and watch it again.
i do not disagree with Kenneth Turan about his article, "The Hours and Times." but i do find a little bit of sense of humor in the article when he mentions that one of the samurai has a shaved head and by the end of the movie his hair is starting to grow back.

"In the end, we've lost this battle too"

The film “Seven Samurai" was filmed in 1954 in a Japanese village. It begins when a man overheard that bandits are planning an attack on his village when they know the crops are ripe. So like any other person he goes back to his village to inform all the other farmers of what he just heard. They then all turn to the one they trust the most, which is their granddad. The granddad tells the farmers to find, and hire hungry samurai so they can help the farmers fight off the bandits.

After a very long search, they finally find the samurai’s they needed, and try to teach them how to battle. After teaching the men how to battle they spend a lot of time planning their defense against the bandits. They prepare their village for attack by flooding the crops, and building fences all around the village, leaving one little opening. The opening being for the bandits to come in little by little, and as they enter, they get killed. The samurai’s plan is a success when the bandits finally come into attack. They have defeated the bandits. The samurai believe they aren’t the ones who won but instead the farmers are who won.

At the beginning I thought, holy cow how am I supposed to stay focused on a movie that’s longer than 3 hours? Well I actually did stay pretty focused, and I enjoyed it. As I read the article “The Hours and Times: Kurosawa and the Art of Epic Storytelling” written by Kenneth Turan , I have to agree with the New York Time’s Bosley Crowther when he states, “it is much too long for comfort or for the story it has to tell. We all knew they were farmers, so a lot of those scenes could have been taken out. Other then that I thought the length was just fine. I really like the fact that Kenneth Turan describes Seven Samurai “to unroll naturally and pleasurably like a beautiful rug, luxuriating in its elongation.” He also makes a really good point when he states, “It allows us to observe each of Seven Samurai’s many characters in the round, from every angle, to view them as individuals with their own back stories, philosophies, martial-arts skills, and reasons for being there.” I fell that I got a good understanding of each of the men. Overall I would like to watch this movie again, because I would go in with a whole different attitude, and actually try to understand everything.

Eastern Stamina

Opening with a band of pillaging bandits in search of a nice looking village to pay a visit to, Seven Samurai tells the story of starving farmers who are on a mission to protect their home from invasion. After being informed of the bandit’s plans to return to the village when the crops are harvested, the people call a meeting to devise a plan. Deserting their home, mass suicide and retaliation are all considered but when the village elder, Granddad, suggests hiring a samurai everybody listens. The only problem is that the poor farmers can only offer bowls of rice as pay. They search the city and find a band of samurais who agree to fight for food. The movie spends an hour completely to this introduction and even more time is devoted to the preparation of the village and its inhabitants. Though the story moves seemingly slow at times, it never seems to drag. Stretching to a run time of over 3 hours, the film very smoothly takes its time to delve into back stories of the individual samurais and all of their characteristics. Some might say that this film is extremely long and tedious to endure. But if you take into account that every Academy Award winning movie for best film since 1974 has been over 3 hours long. Obviously a long run time, though it might be intruding on our attention span, might have something to do with a well told story. The increasing amount of fast paced life with smart phones, social networking and thrilling action movies that neatly fit into an hour and a half time slot have all done their part to shorten our attention spans. In a short essay, Kenneth Turan discusses the importance of the length that is involved with Seven Samurai. He explains that “Seven Samurai unrolls naturally and pleasurably, like a beautiful scroll or valuable rug.” It also keeps the story line in check; the film takes place over an entire agricultural year. There is time for plants to fields to fully mature and also for the samurai leader’s hair to grow back from his impersonation as a priest at the beginning of the movie. “Kurosawa proceeds like a master chef, allowing his ingredients to simmer and become tastier, tastier and tastier still.”

"Magnifecent Seven Is Way Better"

Seven Samurai a film about this group of farmers who are tired of bandits stealing their crops and decide to hire samurai with food. they go into town in search of samurai they find six men and the seventh follows them and is to funny. They get to know the towns people to notice they're is no women one samurai finds a girl who claims to be a boy. Then the farmers bring all the women out of hiding the crops start growing and the bandits return after fighting them off countless times the samurai and the farmers finally win against the bandits. the movie ends on a sadder note four of the seven don't make it and then the movie ends with the main samurai saying "in the end we are still defeated" "this is a victory for the farmers not for us"

this movie is a great film yet extremely long and tedious if you are only a true samurai fan you would be able to stand the three hours and twenty seven minutes of this film. Although I do like this film I find the Magnificent Seven which is a later take off of this film to be less tedious and more to the action. I find it to be more bearable to watch there is no subtitles and its in color one of my favorite films but Still Seven Samurai is a great film none the less.

The Great Seven

The movie Seven Samurai is about a village of farmers that is going under attack by bandits. The bandits plan to raid their crops. This has already happened to the village people and they are very frightened, so instead of letting the bandits take control. The village people set out to find four samurais so they can kill the bandits in exchange for three meals. Once they find the main samurai he tells them that they need seven samurais, so that’s what they find. Once the samurais are at the village they start preparing the farmers for the attack. Everything is working out fine and the farmers start to believe that the bandits aren't going to come anymore but like always the enemy does attack. The village people are doing well and win but with very many losses. The movie has a lot more scenes and details to it but overall is a really good movie. I believe that the movie can cut some of the scenes it has like the parts about them harvesting “It reflects the entirely of the agricultural year”. I believe that they don’t need to show as much as they do because after all we already know that they are framers. Other then that I thought that the movies length is fine. It’s a really good movie and does take time. “Kurosawa proceeds like a master chef, allowing his ingredients to simmer and become tastier, tastier and tastier still”. I thought was good and would watch it again.

"let one in, maybe two"..too long..

In japan, the farmers working the land are dirt floor poor, just barely harvesting enough food to survive. After the harvest, a group of bandits will come and take all the crops, leaving them to starve. The little village decides to hire samurais to protect them. Most of them are "too proud" to fight for the little farmers, who could not pay them anything except three meals per day. Their luck seems to change when they witness a samurai saving a seven year old boy who was kidnapped by a thief. He dressed up as a priest and when he offered food to the bandit, the samurai ran in and stabbed the man, saving the little boy. As the man, Kambei, is walking away, men start following him asking to be his disciples. When the men go back to the village, everyone hides from them. Fathers make their daughters look and act like boys so the samurai do not get any ideas. One young warrior did not care and formed a relationship with a young lady from the village. As the warriors fight the bandits, there are several casualties on both sides. In the end, it is felt that although the battle was won, the war was definitely lost.

The movie "Seven Samurai" was very interesting in the beginning. It kept me entertained. I did not like the intermission. I felt like the movie was hard to get back into. I did enjoy it, don't get me wrong, but it was too long. I must agree with Bosley Crowther when he stated in the New York Times "it is much too long for comfort or for the story it has to tell." It is hard to believe that the American edition of the movie was cut by fifty minutes. That is insane! The author of the article "The Hours and Times", Kenneth Turan, states that "Confident of his powers and not in any kind of rush, Kurosawa proceeds like a master chef, allowing his ingredients to simmer and become tastier, tastier and tastier still." I will say this movie is burnt.

6 Samurais and a Pants-less Warrior

Want an enveloping Samurai movie about hard times in Feudal Japan? Then watch the movie Seven Samurai and prepare for war. The only requirement is that you need an attention span, and I mean an actual one. Not one that is able to watch Jersey Shore for thirty minutes. The reason I say this is because Seven Samurai Is a fairly lengthy movie. But this should not detour you away from watching this righteous film. I realize that "It takes an hour just to find the titular seven" (Par. 6 Turan) but that is half the fun of it. I think Seven Samurai was terrific movie and should never be edited for time.
The movie defiantly depicts the seasons and time elapse really well. If you pay real close attention you can even see "the samurai leader, whose head is shaved in an opening scene, to gradually grow his hair back"(Par. 7 Turan). It felt as though a year had pasted in the classroom,
but not in a bad sense.
The movie itself is about a small poverty-stricken village that lives in constant fear of the opposing bandits. Every year the towns people are pillaged, and after a squatting/sobbing mope session, the people, the town wise man, and what looks to be the only local samurai decided to invest in some muscle. The samurai, a local Padawan farm boy, and wifeless man set out to find a few brave men who wouldn't mind being payed in rice. After some time and agility tests administers by the farm boy with a stick, they find some real bad asses. One man with a stupid huge Katina joins them before they leave after an embarrassing night of to much Sake.
They all band together and train the villagers to fight while simultaneously turning the village into a fortress. Then things just flow from here. People are avenged, heroes are slain, love
is made, and even some laughs are had (thanks to the humorous and occasionally pants-less drifter samurai). I say give this movie a try and do not take Ambien or Valium before watching it, because that is the only way an awesome person would fall asleep during this movie. Prepare for Battle!!


Turan, Kenneth. "The Hours and Times" Kurosawa and the Art of Epic Story Telling. Los Angeles, CA.

Stay Focused, Stay Focused!!

Seven Samurai was the longest movie I have ever come across. I never even knew this movie existed. The movie was about 3hrs and 20min long. Can you say WOW!!!! This movie is about these men who basically must protect their village from the bandits that are planning on coming in and wrecking the city. They need advice so they go to grandfather who tells them to go get the samurais that want it the most to help save their village. They take a long time planning out what they are going to do. Once its time to fight for the village, some of them die in the battle and some survive but the bandits did not succeed in taking over.

This movie to me was not interesting at all. I feel that the length was entirely too long. Some people just don't have that long of an attention span especially if it's in a different language. The article about this movie asks the producer why such a long movie? The way they say the movie was put together answers that question. They say that the movie was prepared carefully and well done. In my opinion I just didn't understand where the "well done" part came in. I may be being critical of the movie but I just couldn't get in to it knowing how long it was gonna take me. If something is longer than i say 2hrs at the most I am just not interested.

o o o o o o /_\ (Six Circles, One Triangle)

“Seven Samurai” begins when a man overhears bandits planning an attack on his village. The man returns to his village and informs all the farmers of what he has just heard. The farmers then turn to the one they trust most, Granddad. Granddad tells the farmers to hire hungry samurai, because if they are hungry, they won’t require much payment. After a somewhat long, tedious (maybe it only seems that way because the movie is long?) search, six samurai (and one oddball) are brought together to save the village from the bandits’ attack.

The samurai spend lots and lots of time planning their defense against the bandits. They all prepare their attack methods and also prepare the village with a moat built around it to keep the bandits out. However, they leave one opening so the bandits can come in little by little and will be killed off slowly.

When the bandits finally do attack, the samurai’s plan works well. Some samurai are lost in the battle, but the bandits are all killed. However, the samurai believe that they are not the ones who won, but rather, the farmers are the ones who won.

“Seven Samurai” was an interesting film. Like usual, I was skeptical because of the length and the fact that I had to read subtitles. This time, however, my skepticism wasn’t dispelled at the start of the movie. I couldn’t, for the life of me, bring myself to concentrate fully. I do think that I was able to grasp all of the key points, though.

Kenneth Turan wrote an article about the length of the film, titled “The Hours and Times: Kurosawa and the Art of Epic Storytelling.” In the article, he writes of how the length of the film is not only beneficial, but necessary for the film. I understand why he feels this way. He makes a great point when he states, “It allows us to observe each of ‘Seven Samurai’s’ many characters in the round, from every angle, to view them as individuals with their own back stories, philosophies, martial-arts skills, and reasons for being there.” I understand the point that he’s making because you do get to understand who each of the characters are. However, I just don’t really have any sort of desire (or attention span) to watch a movie that lasts so long. Like Turan stated, “And the New York Times’s august Bosley Crowther did content that ‘it is much too long for comfort or for the story it has to tell.’” I will admit, it was an enjoyable movie, but I won’t be watching it again any time soon...or ever.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Too Long?

This film begins with the villagers wanting to bring in samurai to help fight off the bandits. Granddad says, "Find hungry samurai." If these men are hungry then they will fight just to have food. As the film continues, Kambei who is a veteran, poses as a priest to free a kidnapped child from a robber. As part of his disguise, he shaves his head and puts away his samurai sword. After his heroic act, a young samurai by the name of Katsushiro watches from a crowd and admires Kambei later asking him if he could be his "montei", his follower or disciple. Kambei tries to turn him away but then uses Katsushiro to select the samurai, asking him to stand behind a door and hit any samurai that may walk in. This is to test their ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way.

Arriving at the village the seven samurai are not well recieved right away. "They expect us to do something for them, why do they fear us?" Kikuchiyo speaks up to make bonds with the villagers. His colleagues admire this act. Heihachi makes a banner for the samurai group. At the bottom is a symbol that stands for tambo or rice field, this symbolizes the farmers. There are six circles divided into two columns that represent the six samurai, and a triangle beneath them symbolizing Kikuchiyo.

The samurai's defense plan is after the harvest the fields need to be flooded by digging a ditch around the perimeter which leaves three houses outside the perimeter to be evacuated. The samurai make a plan to attack on the bandits first to cut down their numbers. When the bandits finally attack back, they attack on several different days. As the battle wages on, the samurai look to be winning, but as the end of the battle nears, the samurai begin to lose very valuable people. "In the end, we've lost this battle too, The victory belongs to those peasants, not to us."

I agree with Turan's points on the movie's length working in it's favor, because I believe the movie would have been hard to understand if it was shorter. The length allows the point of the movie to be made clearly and that is what kept me interested throughout the whole film.