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    The Seven Samurai (Toho, 1954). Japanese Roadshow B3 (17.25" X 24.25"). Possibly the greatest movie by Japan's greatest director, this is Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece. The story of a group of samurai hired to protect a poor village from the depredations of a group of marauding bandits, the movie stars Takashi Shimura and Toshiro Mifune as two of the heroic swordfighters. Filmed at the same time as Gojira (1954), these two big budget films almost forced Toho into bankruptcy. Fortunately, they were both massive hits, and put the studio on the map internationally. Offered here is a country of origin B3 poster from the film's original Roadshow release. The very rare poster was in the possession of a theater owner in Kansai region, until recently. This poster was issued for the Kansai area, which is Osaka, as often separate posters were issued for differing regions. These posters were often printed with the white portion as part of the poster with which the theater name may be applied. It has pinholes in the top corners, writing in the imprint area, and small, very light stains in the image and in the imprint area. Original issue paper from this classic film is quite hard to come by. Rolled, Fine/Very Fine on Rice Paper.

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