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    The Seven Samurai (Toho, 1954). Japanese B2 (20" X 29").
    On any list of the most important Japanese films of the twentieth century, this magnificent epic - in which a poor village, ravaged by bandits, hires seven unemployed samurai to protect them from further attacks - is sure to be high on the list. Based on an actual historical event unearthed by Kurosawa during research for this picture, the film features outstanding performances by Japanese cinema giants Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura. Interestingly, the film was an enormous gamble for Toho Studios. Made simultaneously with Gojira (1954) - better known as Godzilla to Western audiences - both films carried enormous budgets. If either one had been a failure, it could have spelled the end of the studio. Fortunately, both were hugely successful. In 1960, director John Sturges remade Kurosawa's classic as The Magnificent Seven, telling the story to an entirely new audience. Offered here is an extremely rare original release Japanese B2 for this critically and commercially acclaimed film. Original release posters from Kurosawa's films are extremely rare, none more so than material from this, his most beloved and highly regarded picture. This stunning example shows some edge wear with a few small tears in the top border, and pinholes in the bottom corners, but overall, this exquisite and highly desirable poster is as clean and fresh as the day it was printed. Take advantage of the opportunity to add this gem to your collection, as you never know when, or if, you might have another chance. Rolled, Very Fine.

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