Seven Samurai

My first ‘Blind Spot’ movie of 2017 is a big ‘un. Seven Samurai is only the second film I’ve seen by Akira Kurosawa, and it is deserving of its lofty reputation, though I do prefer his later masterpiece Ran (and have a feeling that I’ll lean more towards other Kurosawa films as I get round to them). Plenty has been written elsewhere about its pioneering (but now-common) narrative techniques, the innovative use of telephoto lenses and all that, so I can’t be bothered to add more, except to say I know that I will get as much out of a second viewing as I did out of the first. And lots has been said about the performances of Takashi Shimura and Toshiro Mifune in particular, who are both excellent as the noble samurai leader and humorous wannabe respectively. Yes, it’s brilliant. (*****)