Akira Kurosawa’s adventure about the saviours of a bandit-plagued village is so good it’s been successfully remade as western, space opera and Pixar animation, yet it’s so brilliant that none has eclipsed it.
Everything from Toshiro Mifune’s whirling-dervish performance to the closing battle is meticulously designed to thrive on light and movement.
A perfect fusion of economy and scale, this functions equally well as exhilarating entertainment and social commentary,and is never less than gripping despite its epic length.
Extras include critic Tony Rayns’ Kurosawa primer.
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