June 21, 2013 06:00pm-10:00pm
Doris Duke Theatre
Reception: 6-7:30pm. Screening: 7:30pm.
$15 | $12 members
Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Japan, 1954, 207 mins.
Akira Kurosawa's influential masterpiece, Seven Samurai, is an epic adventure classic and one of the most influential films ever made. Impressed by the bravery of Kambei (Takashi Shimura), a master samurai posing as a monk to save a kidnapped farmer's child, a group of farmers beg him to defend their terrorized village from bandits. Kambei agrees and soon he attracts a pair of followers: a young samurai named Katsushiro (Isao Kimura), who quickly becomes his disciple, and boisterous Kikuchiyo (Toshiro Mifune), who poses as a samurai but is later revealed to be the son of a farmer. Kambei assembles four other samurai, including master swordsman Kyuzo (Seiji Miyaguchi), to round out the group. Together they consolidate the village’s defenses and shape the villagers into a militia, while the bandits loom menacingly nearby. Soon raids and counter-raids build to a final bloody heart-wrenching battle.
Special thanks to FFF presenting sponsor Louis Vuitton.
Make it dinner and a movie: The pre-screening reception features bento and musubi for purchase, and complimentary tea.
Special guest: Anna Page, Director of Program Development, HIFF, will introduce the film at 7:30pm.
View the trailer.