We are delighted that a recorded introduction from writer and Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp will play before this screening. Ticketholders are also entitled to a free sample of Japanese sake from the cinema foyer bar.
When 16th-century farmers whose village is repeatedly attacked by merciless bandits ask an elderly, masterless samurai (Takashi Shimura) for help, offering nothing but food in return, he hesitantly agrees and assembles a band of warriors to defend and train the villagers.
★★★★★ ‘A true masterpiece’ Empire
Boasting terrific performances, (with Shimura and Toshiro Mifune – as a peasant masquerading as a samurai – particularly memorable), superb camerawork, and expertly mounted battle sequences, Seven Samurai is undoubtedly one of the greatest action films ever made.
Jasper Sharp is a writer, curator, filmmaker and disc producer specialising in Japanese cinema, and the co-founder of the website Midnight Eye (www.midnighteye.com)
Please note, an interval of 15 minutes will occur midway through the film