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Seven Samurai (1954)
Synopsis: A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

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SEVEN SAMURAI:

Produced by

SOJIRO MOTOKI:

Screenplay by

AKIRA KUROSAWA:

SHINOBU HASHIMOTO, HIDEO OGUNI

Cinematography by

ASAKAZU NAKAI:

Music by

FUMIO HAYASAKA:

Starring

TOSHIRO MIFUNE:

TAKASHI SHIMURA:

KEIKO TSUSHIMA:

YUKIKO SHIMAZAKI

KAMATARI FUJIWARA

DAISUKE KATO:

ISAO KIMURA, MINORU CHIAKI

SEIJI MIYAGUCHI:

BOKUZEN HIDARI:

YOSHIO INABA, YOSHIO TSUCHIYA

Directed by

AKIRA KUROSAWA:

In the 16th century, during the Civil Wars,

an endless cycle of conflict

left the countryside overrun by bandits.

Peaceful peasants lived in terror

of the thunder of approaching hooves...

Take this village too?

Take it! Take it!

Not so fast!

We just took their rice last fall.

They'll have nothing now.

Very well.

We'll return

when that barley's ripe!

Is there no god to protect us?

Land tax, forced labor,

war, drought...

and now bandits!

The gods want us farmers dead!

That's right!

We're better off dead!

What's all this?

Crying won't change anything.

The magistrate can do more

than collect taxes.

We can ask him for help.

We know all about him!

He shows up after they're gone,

acting big while he surveys the damage.

That's right. He's useless.

We might as well hand over

our rice and barley to the bandits

and just hang ourselves!

That'll bring the magistrate

here in a hurry!

We'll kill those bandits.

We'll kill them all.

Never again!

Let's kill 'em all!

Not me!

I couldn't possibly --

That's crazy talk.

So we can kill defeated samurai

but not bandits?

Stop it! This is no time

to fight amongst ourselves.

We don't have a chance against bandits.

And when we lose?

They'll slaughter us all,

down to the last unborn child.

I've had enough!

Better to risk it all

than to live like this.

Kill or be killed!

Rikichi!

The farmer's only choice

is to endure.

We can't defy the powerful.

When the bandits arrive,

we'll greet them meekly

and quietly hand over

all our barley.

We'll plead with them to leave

just enough for us to survive.

" That's all we ask, "

we'll beg on our hands and knees.

What bandit will agree to that?

Have you forgotten how low we had

to stoop for the rice we're eating now?

We should go see the Old Man.

Let him decide what to do.

Consider who

we're dealing with here.

Give a wolf a taste of your leg

and he'll ask for your hand.

Once they have a taste,

they'll be back in the fall.

- But what if we lose?

- Then we're no worse off!

Without our barley,

we're doomed anyway!

We fight.

Old Man, that's madness.

We're farmers.

What do we know of battle?

We'll hire samurai.

Whoever heard of farmers

hiring samurai?

I saw it with my own eyes,

when the village you were born in

was torched.

I saw it when we escaped

to this village here.

The only village that didn't burn

was the one that hired samurai.

But Old Man, there are

different kinds of villages and villagers.

How are we to feed samurai

when we live on rice gruel?

We'll make do on millet!

Show me a samurai who'll fight

for farmers in return for food!

They're a proud lot.

Look.

Find hungry samurai.

Even bears come down from

the mountains when they're hungry.

How dare you?

You're nothing but a farmer!

I'm still a samurai!

I don't need your charity!

Fool!

What'd I tell you?

Look, the barley's ripe.

Ten days already

since we left the village.

What do we do?

This barley's early,

not like our mountain barley.

Hey, we're soaked through

to the bone.

Find any cheap, strong

and foolhardy samurai?

Leftovers.

You can have 'em cheap.

That's a laugh!

- What's so funny?

- He's blind.

- What about you, then?

- Not me.

I'd rather eat horseshit.

- Won't get a nose bleed outta him.

- Cleaned him out gambling last night.

Pulled his sword when he lost,

so the three of us beat him up.

Not a drop left in his nose now.

Don't bother.

They only eat millet.

Is that true?

You can't live like that.

Without nourishment

you'll go night-blind.

I've got just four left.

I'll trade 'em all

for a cup of rice.

What do you say?

Damn! What a bunch.

What a waste.

If we still had that rice,

we coulda bought 40 of those.

Shut up!

But it's true, right?

The blockhead's cracking up!

What a show.

Go at it, boys.

Who ever heard

of anything so unfair?

We give him his fill of rice

and a free bottle of sake,

and he thanks us

with a beating.

Good for him!

Not like this one

playing possum here.

Say, let's go home.

Let's just go home.

Look at him sobbing.

Misses his wifey.

I'd pay good money

to watch the two of 'em going at it.

Let's hurry

and get back to the village.

Go on home. You can't afford buns,

let alone samurai.

Farmers like us know

good from bad when it comes to seed,

but not when it comes

to samurai.

Besides, we're no match

for the tough ones,

and the only ones interested

are weaklings.

If I lost last night,

it was only because I was starving.

Liar! You had plenty

of money to gamble.

Jerk!

Wanna fight?

It's a fight.

Over here!

Wake up!

Quit that strumming, monk!

It's depressing!

Keep it up, grandpa.

We're on your side.

Rikichi!

Stop it, Manzo!

You said we were going home,

you son of a bitch!

I said we'd go home,

not bargain with bandits!

If we can't hire samurai,

what's left?

It's bargain or nothing!

Fine, have it your way!

But tell me:

If we do strike a bargain,

what have we got

to offer this year?

Are you willing to give 'em

your daughter?

Shino's a fine-Iookin' girl.

What's going on?

There's a thief in that barn.

We raised a ruckus and he ran in to hide.

How many thieves are there?

Just one.

One?

All of you can't take

a single thief?

We don't dare make a move.

He took a kid in there with him.

Says he'll kill him

if we attack.

Listen. Hear him?

Poor thing.

It all happened

in the middle of the night.

Poor kid's been bawling

the better part of a day.

He can barely

make a sound now.

He's only seven.

Imagine how his parents feel.

Who's that samurai

getting his head shaved?

No idea. We asked him for help

and he agreed right away.

Then he asked us

for two rice balls.

He asked a monk to shave his head

and lend him his robes.

No idea what he's up to.

Stay back!

Any closer and I kill the brat!

I'm a monk.

Stay back!

I'm just a monk.

I mean you no harm.

I won't come in.

I just thought the child

must be very hungry.

I've brought some rice balls.

You should eat one yourself.

Won't you have one?

What's wrong?

Throw 'em here!

Here.

My baby!

Even you can't object

to a samurai like that.

Ask him quickly.

It'll be harder in town.

What do you want?

My name is Katsushiro Okamoto.

Please make me your disciple!

Disciple?

As you see, I'm a ronin.

The name is Kambei Shimada.

I don't take on disciples.

Get up.

I can't talk to you like this.

I'm begging you --

let me be your disciple.

First get off your knees.

We'll talk as we go.

I'm at a loss.

You think far too highly of me.

No, sir --

Just hear me out.

There's nothing special

about me.

I may have seen

my share of battle,

but always on the losing side.

That about sums me up.

Better not to follow

such an unlucky man.

No, I'm determined to follow you

whether you allow me to or not.

I forbid it.

I don't have the means

to travel with an attendant.

Can I help you?

What do you want?

Insolence!

Stay out of this, little chick.

Are you a samurai?

Damn right I am!

I wonder.

Bastard.

Who was that?

Leave him be.

I beg of you, sir!

You idiot.

Why don't you scram?

Stubborn old fool.

They'll eat it and run like last time.

It will never work.

Sir, we could arm the villagers

with bamboo spears.

- I thought of that.

- But, sir --

This isn't a game.

They may be bandits,

but they ride 40 strong.

Two or three samurai

won't suffice.

Defense is more difficult

than offense.

You say there are mountains

behind the village?

Yes.

Passable by horse?

Yes.

Fields in front.

Until those are flooded

with water,

you're open to mounted attack

on four sides.

You need at least four men,

one to guard each side.

Two more to guard the rear.

No matter how frugal

our estimate,

we need seven,

including me.

We can manage

seven somehow.

But the Old Man said four.

It's only three more.

Hold on a second.

I haven't accepted your offer.

I'm only speculating.

First of all, it's not easy

to find trustworthy samurai.

What's more,

all you have to offer is food.

Only those out to fight

for the hell of it will agree.

Besides, I'm sick of fighting.

Age, I suppose.

Good thing

I wasn't born a peasant.

Better to be born a dog.

Goddamn it.

Go ahead -- hang yourself and die!

You're better off dead!

Silence, you lout!

What's it to you?

I'm only telling the truth.

What truth? What the hell do you know

of these farmers' suffering?

Don't make me laugh!

Like you would know.

How dare you?

You heard right. If you know,

why don't you help them?

So you wanna fight?

That's enough.

Enough!

Hey, samurai, look at this.

This here's your dinner.

But what do you think

these blockheads eat?

Millet.

They eat millet

to feed you white rice.

This is the best they can offer.

What do you say to that?

- All right, then.

- What?

Quit your jabbering.

I won't let this rice go to waste.

Manzo and the others are back!

Where are Rikichi and Yohei?

They stayed behind.

We still need more samurai.

The samurai are coming?

They sure are.

Seven of 'em.

Seven?

Seven.

I was against it

because you said four, Old Man.

I figured we'd need

at least ten.

But if I'd said ten,

we'd have ended up with 15.

That's the way it goes.

Old Man, I'm worried.

The village girls will go crazy

over the samurai.

If the samurai touch 'em,

all hell will break loose.

Bandits are coming, you fool.

Your head is on the block,

and all you think of

are your whiskers?

Samurai, sir.

- You require my services?

- Yes, sir.

Who's to be my opponent?

Katsushiro.

Hide just inside the door.

Strike that ronin as he enters.

Here he comes.

Don't hold back.

Give him a real whack.

Excellent!

Please don't take offense.

I am Kambei Shimada.

We're seeking expert swordsmen

and have no time to waste.

Forgive me.

What's this about?

The reason better be good,

or I'll have to redeem my honor.

I humbly beg your pardon.

We only sought to test your skill.

We must soon contend

with a gang of bandits.

I see.

And whose clan do you serve?

It pains me to tell you,

but we're fighting for farmers.

- Farmers?

- That's right.

This job affords

no stipend and no reward.

But we can eat our fill

as long as we fight.

This is absurd!

My ambitions

are greater than that.

That's a shame.

Won't you reconsider?

I will not.

Sir, we lost a good man there.

Such a fine swordsman.

What's wrong?

That one samurai's good,

but how'll the other six be?

Enough of your worrying.

How can we know before they get here?

Don't worry till you've seen 'em.

That one there.

Excuse me, samurai, sir.

Just like last time?

Sure.

It's good practice for you.

Surely you jest.

No offense intended.

I'm with you.

But I have to say

that although I understand

the farmers' suffering

and understand

why you would take up their cause,

it's your character

that I find most compelling.

In life one finds friends

in the strangest places.

- What is your name?

- Gorobei Katayama.

A name fit for a giant, no?

Yohei, what are you doing?

Hurry and wash the rice.

Yohei!

What's wrong?

Someone stole the rice.

You idiot!

Didn't I warn you?

I was so careful.

I slept the whole night

hugging that rice jar.

Fine, then!

I'll get more from home!

But what'll we do

till you get back?

There's only a handful left.

Stop that, you idiot!

Hide that money.

The master's returning.

I ran into you

at just the right time.

So you're still alive.

I figured you'd long since left this earth.

Now tell me,

what happened after that?

I hid among the grasses

in the moat until dark.

When the outer walls tumbled down

on me in flames, I knew I was finished.

What ran through your mind

at that moment?

Nothing special.

Sick of fighting yet?

Truth is, there's a tough battle ahead

leading to neither money nor rank.

Will you join us?

- Yes.

This may be the one

that kills us.

Where are they

when you need 'em?

What do you need, sir?

Samurai.

There's a pretty poor excuse for one

in my backyard.

I couldn't believe his gumption.

He says,

"I'm hungry. Feed me.

I'm broke, though,

so I'll pay you by chopping wood. "

I like his frankness.

Never seen a man

split wood before?

Sure, but you do it

with such relish.

It's just my nature.

Sorry if it bothers you.

You're very good.

It's nothing compared

to how I cut down men.

- Have you cut down many?

- That I have.

There's no cutting me off

when I start cutting.

So I make it a point

to run away first.

A most excellent approach.

Why, thank you kindly.

Tell me, do you feel like

cutting down 30 bandits?

Let us commence!

Too bad.

It's a draw.

I'm afraid not.

I won.

That's ridiculous!

If these were steel,

you'd be dead now.

- Then we fight with steel!

- Don't throw your life away.

What?

Don't you see?

With steel blades, you'd die.

It's a waste of your life.

Wait! Don't try to flee.

Draw! This isn't

a contest of words!

This is preposterous.

There's no contest.

How did you fare?

We let a good fish get away.

An excellent swordsman.

They say the fish that gets away

looks bigger than it really is.

No.

I watched him cut a man down

with my own eyes.

It was amazing.

A man obsessed only

with testing the limits of his skill.

I doubt he'll join us.

- That's a shame.

- Indeed.

I did tell him

where we're staying, though.

And how did you fare?

- Caught one.

- I see.

- As a swordsman, barely mediocre.

- Barely mediocre?

But an honest, amusing man.

Something about him

brightens one's spirits.

He'll be a treasure in hard times.

Much obliged.

Actually, I did land one myself.

- The one dressed as a peddler?

That's right.

In fact, he's an old trusted friend.

I'll bring some water.

I'm Heihachi Hayashida.

A modest warrior

of the Wood-Chop School.

Just three more to go.

Three? Don't you mean two?

No, we can't afford

to take a child along.

Master!

I know, I know.

I know what you'll say.

I was once your age, you know.

Hone your skills,

then go to war

and do great things.

Then become lord

of your own castle and domain.

But as you dream those dreams,

before you know it,

your hair will turn

as gray as mine.

By that time

you've lost your parents

and you're all alone.

Tomorrow you go home.

You've learned a lot

these four or five days.

You have

fine stories to tell.

Please, sir.

I beg you to let him come along.

Why not let him come?

You call him a kid, but --

Actually,

kids work harder than adults.

But only if you treat them

like adults.

Then let's treat him

like an adult.

That means only two more.

Actually just one, it seems.

You wish to join us?

I'm very grateful.

- When do we depart?

- Tomorrow.

Tomorrow?

This is enough. We don't have time

to find the last one.

All right, then.

Master!

Master!

- All right.

- Master!

- All right! That's enough of that!

Hey, I just found

a real tough samurai.

There was a huge fight.

They were no match for him.

Never seen anything like it.

He's like a wild dog.

Someone stopped the fight.

They started drinking.

I told him about you.

He's on his way.

Shall we give him the usual?

What are you doing?

Testing him.

That's a dirty trick!

Hey, samurai!

- Just shut up and watch.

A true samurai won't get hit.

But this guy's drunk!

A samurai never drinks

enough to dull his wits.

I told you!

You guys are nuts.

What the --

Who the hell hit me?

You?

Who hit me?

You?

Damn bastard!

You again!

I see that bald head of yours

in my dreams!

Hey, you.

How dare you even ask me

if I'm a samurai!

You got some nerve!

Don't mess with me.

I may look like hell,

but I'm a real samurai!

I've been looking for you

ever since that day.

Wanted you to see this.

Look at this!

This is my family tree.

All my ancestors are here.

Damn you, trying to make

a fool outta me. Screw you.

Looky here.

Making a fool outta me.

My honorable self

is right here.

So this Kikuchiyo here

would be you?

That is correct.

" Kikuchiyo,

born February 17, 1574. "

What's so damned funny?

You hardly look

If you are in fact

the Kikuchiyo listed here,

you'd now be precisely

Where'd you steal

this family tree?

Steal it? Shit!

Damn jerks.

To hell with samurai.

To hell with samurai!

Hey, you bastard!

Come back here!

Goddamn it,

you son of a bitch!

What's wrong, teenager?

Here you are.

Damn you!

Come back here!

What's wrong, Lord Kikuchiyo?

What's the matter, junior?

Screw samurai!

- Is he really a samurai?

- In his own mind, anyway.

Take me too!

Hey, Kikuchiyo.

Guard your treasure.

Let me go too!

What is it, Father?

What is it?

What are you staring at?

Shino, cut off your hair.

Cut your hair

and dress like a man.

- What are you talking about?

- Just cut it off!

It's only because I love you.

No telling what those samurai'll do!

No!

No, I won't!

Shino!

He's a fool.

But Manzo knows those samurai

better than anyone.

If he cut off his daughter's hair,

he must have good reason.

You've only got sons,

so you're safe, but we --

Goddamn it!

Now I understand.

So you agree to hide my daughter

at your place across the bridge?

Idiot! I meant that I see

what Manzo's up to.

That rascal doesn't care about the village,

only about his daughter.

Damn him!

Look what you've done!

Now the whole village is crazed.

Every family

with a girl's gone mad.

How do you plan

to set this right?

The samurai will show up

any day now.

Come on.

We're seeing the Old Man.

There's nothing to see here!

Go home!

Go home!

We can't let the samurai

see us like this.

He's still following us.

Where did Kikuchiyo go?

Think he gave up?

It's funny.

Now that he's gone,

it's almost a little...

Ionely.

This way.

Oh, hell!

So that's our castle, eh?

No way I'm gonna die

in that dungheap.

No one asked you to.

We're back!

The samurai have arrived!

The samurai are here!

What's wrong with you?

The samurai are here!

Hey, what's wrong?

What's the matter?

This is a fine welcome.

What's the meaning of this?

Hey, what's going on?

The samurai have arrived!

- We'll go see the Old Man.

- The Old Man?

Whatever happens in the village,

the Old Man --

He's the village elder?

An audience with the village elder.

This is truly an honor.

Well, let's go.

I know they're being foolish.

All farmers ever do is worry,

whether the rain falls,

the sun shines, or the wind blows.

In short,

all they know is fear.

Their behavior today...

is also due simply to fear.

But Old Man,

why do the villagers fear us?

What can they expect from us

under such circumstances?

Samurai, sirs!

Samurai, please!

Quiet down!

Don't panic. Calm down.

I want clear answers.

Where are the bandits

coming from?

- The mountains!

- No, the road!

Who saw the bandits?

Come forward.

No one saw any bandits?

Then who sounded the alarm?

I did!

Outta the way.

What's with the faces?

Don't worry.

No bandits have come.

Hey, blockheads.

Remember how you welcomed us

when we got here?

But as soon as I bang on this,

" Samurai, sirs!

Samurai, please!"

You're practically groveling!

Got what you deserved,

you mud snails.

Got a problem, gramps?

Nope.

All's well now.

Looks like he's good

for something after all.

There are seven of us at last.

Sorry it's so dirty.

But where will you sleep

if we take your home?

- In the barn.

- With your horse?

The bandits

got my horse last year.

A barn's not so bad

with a wife to snuggle up to.

I don't have a wife!

What's the matter, you fool?

Jerk.

By the way,

what's your real name?

I don't remember.

Give me a new one that fits.

Then Kikuchiyo it is.

Fits you perfectly.

How would you attack

this village?

I'd charge from this mountain.

I agree.

Along this road.

WES:

And what's the best defense?

Shichiroji knows what to do.

See these logs?

He'll make a fence to block the horses.

Indeed.

Your trusty right-hand man.

All right!

Listen.

Nothing forces you to run

like a battle.

You run when you attack,

you run when you retreat.

When you can't run anymore,

you die.

SOUTH:

We'll flood these fields

after they harvest the barley.

That'll make a good defense.

But will we have time?

Indeed.

Charge!

Pretend I'm a bandit

and stab me.

Charge!

Come on!

Next.

Next.

What's wrong with all of you?

EAS:

Destroying this bridge

will foil an assault from the east.

But what about the houses

on the other side?

They'll have to evacuate those.

And the mill?

The Old Man's

not going to go quietly.

Listen now.

The enemy is scary.

Everybody's scared.

But the other side's

scared of us too.

Just great.

You all make great scarecrows.

Problem is, the enemy

isn't a bunch of sparrows and crows!

You there, chewing your cud.

Can you cut that out?

This isn't a cow shed!

Look at the bunch of you.

Shit!

First in line, step forward!

I'm talking to you!

You!

Look here! You gotta pay

a mon each to watch the show!

What's this?

- A spear, sir.

- Idiot.

Where the hell

did you get it?

Did it sprout up in those hills?

I know perfectly well.

You hunted down retreating warriors

and took their weapons.

If you've got one,

you must have more.

Fess up, damn it!

NORTH:

What a peaceful grove.

But it's also a death trap.

Katsushiro.

We're going.

- I'll be right there.

As I said,

he's still a child.

Are you from the village?

Are you a girl?

A boy?

Then where's your spear?

Is this any time for an able-bodied man

to be picking flowers?

Come here!

I'll teach you.

Come here!

Why, you!

This is fine, and this too.

But this is a problem.

Heave ho! Heave ho!

Get back, the rest of you!

Stand up straight!

What a haul!

What's all this?

Plunder from defeated warriors.

Where did you find it?

Here in the village?

- Yep, over at Manzo's.

What's the matter?

Don't you like 'em?

This is good stuff.

What's wrong?

You said you wanted armor,

spears and bows. Now you got 'em.

Bastard!

You call yourself a samurai?

Those farmers killed samurai

to get these.

- I know that.

- Then why the hell --

That's enough!

You can't understand

unless you've been hunted.

It's nothing.

Get outta here.

Now I want to kill them all.

Well, that's just fine and dandy!

What did ya think

these farmers were anyway?

Buddhas or something?

Don't make me laugh!

There's no creature on earth

as wily as a farmer!

Ask 'em for rice, barley,

anything,

and all they ever say is,

"We're all out. "

But they've got it.

They've got everything.

Dig under the floorboards.

If it's not there, try the barn.

You'll find plenty.

Jars of rice, salt, beans, sake!

Go up in the mountains.

They have hidden fields.

They kowtow and lie,

playing innocent the whole time.

You name it,

they'll cheat you on it!

After a battle, they hunt down

the losers with their spears.

Listen to me!

Farmers are misers, weasels,

and crybabies!

They're mean, stupid

murderers!

Damn!

I could laugh till I cry!

But tell me this:

Who turned them into such monsters?

You did!

You samurai did!

Damn you to hell!

In war, you burn their villages,

trample their fields,

steal their food,

work them like slaves,

rape their women,

and kill 'em if they resist.

What do you expect 'em to do?

What the hell are farmers

supposed to do?

Damn it! Goddamn it!

You were born a farmer,

weren't you?

What is it now?

Nothing at all.

Everything's fine.

It's me.

I'm sleeping here

from now on.

Those guys cramp my style.

Idiot! Stop cowering!

This is your place!

You hand over your house

and sleep in a barn,

and still you can't stand up

for yourself.

Get to sleep!

Brings back memories.

Sure is quiet.

On a day like this, it's hard

to imagine bandits on that mountain.

Damn it all,

I need a girl!

- Where are you going?

- The hills.

- The hills?

- To practice.

No girls up there.

Sometimes you really

hit the nail on the head.

What are you making there?

- A flag.

- A flag?

It doesn't feel right in battle

without a banner to raise high.

What do the symbols mean?

This represents a field:

That is, the farmers and this village.

- And those circles?

- Those are us.

There's only six.

You leaving me out?

No, this triangle's Lord Kikuchiyo.

That's a good one!

It's real rice.

Go ahead. Eat.

- But --

Rikichi gave me some millet.

I could barely get it down.

Go ahead. Eat.

Hurry up and eat.

If you're embarrassed, I'll go.

I'm not going to eat it.

Why not?

I went to a lot of trouble.

No, I just --

I know you did, so I'll take it

to Kyuemon's grandma.

Kyuemon's grandma?

Rikichi, I'm full.

I'll save the rest for later.

Go ahead and eat.

Take my leftovers this time.

What's this?

What are you up to?

What's going on?

How terrible.

Doesn't she have family?

- The bandits got them all.

I...

want to die quickly.

I want to die soon

and leave this suffering behind.

But you know...

the other world may be

just as full of suffering

as this one.

It's not.

In that world

there's no war and no bandits.

There's no suffering there,

grandma.

How the hell would you know?

Have you been there?

Why the hell

are you always screaming?

I hate wimps.

Worms like her make me sick!

Pissing and grumbling

about everything.

Shit!

I want to do something wild!

Save your spit and fire

for the bandits.

Excuse me.

Excuse me, but why did you --

You saw us today, didn't you?

Me and the --

- The girl?

- Yes.

Why didn't you --

- Tell them? You want me to?

We want rice!

White rice!

You little brats!

There's no rice!

Quit yapping!

If you've got the strength

to scream, "We want rice!"

Then you don't need it!

Listen here,

you little piss pants.

This is all the rice there is.

If we give you any more,

we'll get all --

That's how it is.

Say, any of you got

a pretty sister?

How about you?

You got one?

So, Old Man,

when is the harvest?

In ten days.

How quickly can you do it?

No less than three days.

We'll flood the fields

when you're done.

You see, we want to create

a moat to the south of the village.

It'll keep the horses out.

We don't need all the fields.

One patch per family will do.

Then...

it'll take at least a day to flatten

the paths and draw the water.

Understood.

There's one other thing.

You need to leave the houses this side

of the bridge, and the mill too.

Father!

You want us to move out?

I know it's tough.

But there's no choice.

We can't possibly protect

the outlying houses.

Listen carefully. You'll soon

begin harvesting the barley.

The bandits will come

when you're done.

We have to assume that.

Therefore we prepare

for battle as we harvest.

We'll harvest not as families

but as squads.

Starting tomorrow,

each squad will live and work as one.

Understood? Starting tomorrow,

nobody acts on his own.

Hey, everybody.

Give your wives

plenty of lovin' tonight, you hear?

This is all a load of crap!

Everyone from across the bridge,

follow me.

Throw down your spears.

Why should we abandon

our homes to protect theirs?

That's right.

We'll protect our homes ourselves.

Stop!

Pick up your spears!

Return to your line!

Fall in!

Squad formation!

Where's Yohei gone?

Where the hell's Yohei?

There you are, you idiot!

There are three outlying houses,

but 20 in the village.

We can't risk 20

to save three.

And if this village is destroyed,

those three cannot survive

on their own.

Is that clear?

This is the nature of war:

By protecting others,

you save yourself.

If you only think of yourself,

you'll only destroy yourself.

From this day forward,

anyone caught doing that...

Hot damn!

Look at all those girls!

Hey, Yohei!

Where the hell

have you been hiding these girls?

You devil.

Hey, lend me your scythe.

I'll cut three times your share.

In return,

we get nice and friendly, eh?

- Rikichi.

- Yes.

It seems the married couples

are the most productive.

Time you got yourself a wife.

Why do you always get so mad?

I just said you should --

Katsushiro, go after him.

Running off at a time like this.

Rikichi!

Rikichi!

Shino, what are you gawking at?

What's this? A bear's den?

This was done with a scythe.

Was it Rikichi?

Yes, though I didn't actually

see him do it.

I lost him for a while,

but then I spotted him

leaving this grove.

He was furious,

soaked in sweat.

What did you say to him?

Nothing. Just that he should

hurry up and find a wife.

Something's upsetting the little bugger,

but he won't say what.

You can see it

all over his face.

Those lips of his

are bolted up tight as a house.

Why don't you try to open them up?

Who's there?

It's me.

All clear?

- Yes.

Have a seat.

Let's have a little chat.

I think talking...

is a good thing.

Whatever your burden may be,

talking can ease it.

You, for example,

seem pretty tight-lipped,

but if you're suffering,

you shouldn't bottle it up.

Letting out your feelings

bit by bit can work wonders.

I've got nothing to say.

Time to head out.

Shall we wake him?

No, let the kid sleep.

Shino.

I swear he just said " Shino. "

Sounds like a woman's name.

Even kids can be charmers

in their dreams.

Where shall we start our rounds?

The place that worries us most,

of course.

Who's there?

Who's there?

Come out here!

Who's there?

Kikuchiyo.

You're lucky it was us.

If we'd been bandits,

you'd be headless right now.

Yohei.

What's this?

That's my horse, sir.

I thought it was a big old mouse.

The sparrows chirp, chirp, chirp

The crows caw, caw, caw

I wonder why

the bandits aren't coming.

What a waste if they don't.

Think how much we feed those samurai.

Idiot!

It's best if they don't come!

A nag like that

can't carry your weight!

Yohei's horse is too worn out.

Please stop. Yohei'll be in tears

if you break its leg.

A skilled horseman

can make even a nag soar into the sky.

Not bad.

Very fine indeed!

They seem to be having fun.

The threshing's done,

and still no bandits.

Everyone's saying

they might not come after all.

A tempting thought.

But when you think you're safe

is precisely when you're most vulnerable.

Send them back

to their posts.

I wish I'd been born

into a samurai family.

A farmer's life is too cruel.

My life has been so easy,

I'm ashamed.

That's not what I meant.

It's because you're a samurai

and I'm a farmer.

But I don't --

It's all right. I don't mind.

We can't know

what the future holds!

Coward!

Act like a samurai!

Three suspicious characters

on the western road.

- The villagers haven't noticed?

- Not yet.

We can't have them

sounding the alarm.

I saw three horses

up in the hills.

I think they're bandits.

- We know.

- So they're here.

- How did you know?

How could I not?

This one here was in such a panic.

Where are they coming from?

The mountains or the west?

The west.

Bandits!

Send everyone to their houses.

There are only three of them.

Tell them to keep quiet

no matter what.

They're probably scouts.

We can't let them see any samurai.

What is it?

Bandits?

Bandits, eh?

Where are they?

Quiet!

Where are they, Shichiroji?

Beyond the fence.

No doubt about it -- they're scouts.

The fence took them by surprise.

They don't seem

to realize we're here.

With luck they'll report

there are only farmers here.

Hey, where is everyone?

That idiot!

Kikuchiyo!

Hey, I hear the bandits are here.

You fool.

Too late.

They've seen us.

If they report back that samurai

are here, we're finished.

I'll kill them.

The mountain's my territory.

I was just --

Enough. You can make up for it

by getting one.

Head them off at --

I know, at their horses.

Take us there.

Katsushiro!

Just watch, you understand?

Those are some horses!

Wait in this hollow.

- What do you plan to do?

- Who, me?

Katsushiro.

You can come out now.

Help me!

Back off!

He's a captive who has confessed.

He's begging for his life.

You can't just

chop him to pieces.

Stay out of this!

Let me do it! Scum!

All right.

Let her avenge her son's death.

Someone help her!

I'll do it!

- That bandit said their fort --

- It's hardly a fort.

It's full of holes,

like Yohei's underwear.

- Easy to sneak in.

- Let's attack at night.

They have 40 men.

We'd usually pick off a few first.

Wait. We can't afford

to lose a single man,

even if we kill five

for every one lost.

- War is always a gamble.

- Three of us can take 10 of them.

Rikichi.

How far away is their hideout?

At least a day.

Hey, we've got

three of their horses.

Half a day by horse.

Very well. Let's do it.

If we leave now,

we'll arrive before dawn.

But who should go?

Not you.

And me makes three.

They need a guide!

There aren't enough horses.

There's Yohei's horse.

You ride that.

The only man

to master that steed

is Lord Kikuchiyo himself.

Whoa! What the hell?

It's the other way!

Stupid horse!

This way, you useless mule!

You call yourself a horse?

You should be

ashamed of yourself!

Hey, wait!

Please stop!

I apologize!

I'm sorry!

Hey, let's set the place on fire!

Cut 'em down as they run out!

Serves you right!

We did it!

Take that, you sons of bitches!

Heihachi!

Are you crazy?

Stupid idiot!

Look what you've done!

Who is she to you?

She's my wife!

Heihachi, hang on!

You said...

he'd be a treasure

in hard times.

The hard times

have only just begun.

Stop crying!

Damn fool!

Stop crying!

Goddamn!

Here they come!

Take note:

They have three muskets.

Twenty riders bound north,

- Muskets?

- Three in all.

Take the south, and watch out

for those muskets.

Retreat! Retreat!

- The 12 headed south have turned east.

- Wasn't that 13?

An arrow got one of them.

Good old Gorobei.

Make sure the eastern bridge is out,

and watch out for --

The muskets!

Take the north.

That's where we'll battle it out.

If you knew that, why didn't

you build a fence there too?

Every great castle

needs a breach.

Draw the enemy there and attack.

You can't win by defense alone.

Use your balls,

if you've got any!

Take it away, damn it!

Twelve riders are on the way.

Hurry with the bridge!

Are you blind?

What do you think we're doing?

And he said

to watch out for the muskets.

What kinda idiot

you take me for?

Where are you going?

We're looking for Father.

We can't find him anywhere.

Father intends to die in that barn.

That's what he's always wanted.

Stubborn old fool!

Hurry up and get him!

Get out of our way!

What are you doing?

Hurry up!

- On this mountain --

- Twenty riders.

And 12 to the east.

Right.

This won't do.

They're all scared stiff.

Good! Again!

Again!

Shichiroji's at it.

Let's fire ours up too.

Everybody out here!

Raise your spears

and give the battle cry.

Again!

Damn 'em, listen to that!

We can beat 'em!

Yohei, what's that look for?

Again!

Take cover!

Here they come!

Goddamn 'em!

Hey, where do you think

you're going?

Oh, no, you don't!

Don't panic!

Goddamn you!

They're burning!

Damn bastards!

Back to your posts, everyone!

Dear!

They're just rickety shacks!

Everybody, back to your posts!

Goddamn it!

You dogs!

That's the Old Man's house!

Where's the Old Man?

What about that couple?

And the little brat?

What the hell's going on?

Stop!

You can't abandon your post!

Kikuchiyo, come back!

Kikuchiyo!

Where's the Old Man

and your husband?

She's been speared.

How'd she make it this far?

Let's go!

Damn it, what is it now?

This baby... is me.

This is just

what happened to me!

Here we go!

What the hell?

What the hell

were you staring at?

Idiot!

No one wounded?

Good.

You did a fine job.

Fine job!

Gunpowder!

Take cover!

Manzo!

Where were you hit?

Shino! Shino!

Bring me my daughter.

Don't bother.

If this kills you,

you'd die of a fleabite.

You make a ruckus

over a little scratch

and blow your daughter's cover

in the process. Nice going!

You don't have

to chase them all down.

That's far enough.

Well done.

Who are you?

Rikichi.

They've attacked from the east,

west and south

and run away each time

with their tails between their legs.

This is the only approach left.

We don't know

if they'll come tonight,

but when they do,

they'll mass their forces here.

Perhaps, but...

I don't hear a thing.

Nevertheless,

this will surely

be the focus of their attack.

I'll prove it to you in a minute.

Good work.

Now poke that scarecrow out

from behind those trees.

I'd say tomorrow morning

they'll attack us here

with everything they've got.

And we'll let them in.

Don't worry.

I mean we'll let one in.

Two at most.

Once they're in,

we form a wall again with our spears.

The one or two who get in

are as good as dead.

We can cook 'em up

any way we want.

We'll pick them off patiently,

one by one, until the final showdown.

Those muskets worry me.

If only we could

get one of them.

I'll go.

I swear I'll get one!

No. You're looking to die.

I'll go.

Footsteps! Listen!

That's enough.

Get some rest.

It's true! I hear them!

Listen.

I said enough.

You're exhausted.

Get some rest.

I hear them.

Two more down.

What is it?

State your business.

I'm going to get some sleep.

You are a magnificent person.

I've wanted to tell you so

for some time.

They're here.

We'll let one in.

We're letting one in!

Remember, after the first one's in,

jump out with your spears.

Here they come.

Step aside!

Good work.

What's wrong?

You did well.

Here he comes!

Scatter!

Fall back! Fall back!

After them!

Another on the way!

Here he comes.

Watch this!

Having fun

with your horsey?

They've stopped.

Won't fall for that trick again, eh?

They're all wimps!

Who's scared of bandits anyway?

That little skirmish just cost them four.

Kyuzo got two last night.

That man is a true samurai.

He's fearless,

his swordsmanship is amazing,

and yet he's kind too.

He never once boasted

about capturing that musket.

He walked into a forest filled with bandits

as if on a mushroom hunt.

Fascinating.

I'm not bored at all, I swear.

Hey, Yohei.

Take over for me.

What's that face for?

There's no danger here now.

You make a great scarecrow.

Hear me good!

If anybody else turns yellow --

Out of my way!

Hey!

How's it goin'?

Man, they're a pain.

Won't be long now.

Everything's upside down.

They burn us out,

and we starve like farmers.

Quit your moaning.

There are better times ahead.

Do your part, man.

Hey, it's me!

Serves you right, you dogs!

Fool!

Why did you leave your post?

Just look at this!

Don't scold me, man.

My post is fine.

There's nothing heroic

about selfishly grabbing for glory.

Listen to me:

War is not fought alone!

Gorobei and Kyuzo,

guard this post!

Let no one pass!

Stop, you asses!

Damn you!

Damn it! Two made it in!

Goddamn it!

Where's Yohei?

Yohei!

Yohei!

I defended my post.

Don't give up, Yohei!

Go ahead, shoot me!

Shichiroji, take over!

Gorobei!

Gorobei!

Just 13 left.

But these last seven...

came at a steep price.

How are you? Tired?

Poor man.

You've lost a lot of weight.

I'll go throw

some water on my face.

Next time they come,

we fight to the finish.

It's better we fight it out

before we're spent.

When do you think

they'll attack?

They're exhausted too,

and a few are wounded.

They won't come tonight.

But they have no food,

and their ranks are splitting.

They can't afford

to dawdle either.

I say they'll come at us like hell

tomorrow morning.

Katsushiro.

An order from above.

Place two on watch

and let the rest sleep.

The men may visit their families

one at a time.

So tomorrow's the showdown?

Yes.

Please carry out the order.

You all heard what he just said.

I'll stand guard.

The rest of you sleep.

Manzo...

you go home first.

Take a good look

at your daughter --

I mean, your son.

I told them.

All right. Get some rest.

Katsushiro.

How was Kikuchiyo?

Still beside the grave.

I see.

Are we all going

to die tomorrow?

There's no way to know.

But we might!

Shino.

Where's Shino?

Anyone seen Shino?

Sake, eh?

Where'd you find it?

I see. They have stockpiles,

just like Kikuchiyo said,

and tonight it all comes out.

I think I'll help myself.

Shino!

Here's some sake.

Drink up and get some sleep.

This is hardly like you.

You must rest for the battle tomorrow.

Shino!

You tramp!

You wench!

Stop this brutality!

What the hell's a farmer girl

doing with a samurai?

You slut!

Manzo.

Is this your daughter?

Tell me what happened.

You mentioned a samurai.

Who was it?

Manzo!

Manzo, say something.

Speak!

Are you Shino?

Manzo, don't be angry.

When the dawn threatens

our very lives,

the weight of it

makes us all a little reckless.

On the eve of decisive battles...

this often happens,

even inside castles.

Remember what it was to be young.

You can't blame them.

I can't forgive them.

I can't stand by when my only daughter

has been made damaged goods.

What's wrong with two people in love?

It's not like bandits took her!

They're wound up tight.

We need to loosen them up.

Everyone, the final battle

is here at last.

By the way, Katsushiro,

we expect much of you today.

As of last night,

you became a real man.

Hey!

Where's that fighting spirit?

You'll never win

with such long faces!

Kikuchiyo, what are you up to?

I can't kill five

with just one blade.

There are 13 left.

We'll let them all in.

Once they pass this point,

we close in from all sides

at the crossing.

Everything's riding

on this battle!

Here they come!

Here they come!

Shichiroji and Katsushiro,

go west!

Kyuzo, Kikuchiyo, east!

Katsushiro! Rikichi!

East! Go east!

East!

Shut up!

Scream and you're dead!

We did it!

We did it!

Head east!

Katsushiro, pull back!

Damn you!

Kikuchiyo!

Kikuchiyo!

Where are the bandits?

They're all dead!

Once more we survive.

In the end,

we lost this battle too.

What?

I mean,

the victory belongs

to those peasants.

Not to us.

THE END:

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Akira Kurosawa

After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater creative freedom. Drunken Angel (1948)--"Drunken Angel"--was the first film he made without extensive studio interference, and marked his first collaboration with Toshirô Mifune. In the coming decades, the two would make 16 movies together, and Mifune became as closely associated with Kurosawa's films as was John Wayne with the films of Kurosawa's idol, John Ford. After working in a wide range of genres, Kurosawa made his international breakthrough film Rashomon (1950) in 1950. It won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, and first revealed the richness of Japanese cinema to the West. The next few years saw the low-key, touching Ikiru (1952) (Living), the epic Seven Samurai (1954), the barbaric, riveting Shakespeare adaptation Throne of Blood (1957), and a fun pair of samurai comedies Yojimbo (1961) and Sanjuro (1962). After a lean period in the late 1960s and early 1970s, though, Kurosawa attempted suicide. He survived, and made a small, personal, low-budget picture with Dodes'ka-den (1970), a larger-scale Russian co-production Dersu Uzala (1975) and, with the help of admirers Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, the samurai tale Kagemusha (1980), which Kurosawa described as a dry run for Ran (1985), an epic adaptation of Shakespeare's "King Lear." He continued to work into his eighties with the more personal Dreams (1990), Rhapsody in August (1991) and Maadadayo (1993). Kurosawa's films have always been more popular in the West than in his native Japan, where critics have viewed his adaptations of Western genres and authors (William Shakespeare, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Maxim Gorky and Evan Hunter) with suspicion - but he's revered by American and European film-makers, who remade Rashomon (1950) as The Outrage (1964), Seven Samurai (1954), as The Magnificent Seven (1960), Yojimbo (1961), as A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and The Hidden Fortress (1958), as Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). more…

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