1954 – Seven Samurai

★★★★★ Japan. 3h7m. Drama. Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Written by Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni. Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai. Edited by Akira Kurosawa. Music by Fumio Hayasaka. Starring Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Isao Kimura, Daisuke Katō, Seiji Miyaguchi, Yoshio Inaba, Minoru Chiaki, Kamatari Fujiwara.

Takes place in 1586 during the Sengoku period of Japanese history. It follows the story of a village of farmers that hire seven rōnin (masterless samurai) to combat bandits who will return after the harvest to steal their crops.

Since its release, Seven Samurai has consistently ranked highly in critics’ lists of the greatest films ever made. It was also voted the greatest foreign-language film in BBC’s 2018 international critics’ poll. It has remained highly influential, often seen as one of the most “remade, reworked, referenced” films in cinema.