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    The Seven Samurai (Toho, 1954). Japanese B2 (20" X 29").
    Akira Kurosawa's epic masterpiece is set in 16th century Japan and stars the incomparable Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura, who each appeared in dozens of the director's successful pictures. When a small village is attacked by bandits, residents hire seven wandering samurai warriors. The film is incredibly well structured, with the first half focusing on the villagers relationship with the samurai and the building tension of the preparations for battle and the latter half devoted to the actual fighting. Ultimately a bittersweet tale of the price of war and the loss of noble warriors, this is one of the most influential films in cinema history and was Japan's highest grossing movie to date. Most notably, John Sturges remade the film as a Western, and another classic was born, The Magnificent Seven. Country-of-origin posters for Kurasawa films rarely turn up, but when they do they are always highly appreciated by his legions of fans. In extremely nice condition, this gem shows minimal wear at the left with minor chips, one small tear in the sky, and small edge tears. This is truly a superior poster for this monumental film. Folded, Very Fine-.




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