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Akira Kurosawa’s great film,

Seven Samurai,

tells a wonderful story

and at the same time

reflects the nature of life

in post-1945 Japan.

Although the story is set

in the turbulent era of the Sengoku,

its characters and themes illustrate

the changing era in which it was produced

(1954, less than ten years after the end of the war).

Akira Kurosawa was the first Japanese director

to become widely known in the West.

With the release of Rashomon (1952)

and Seven Samurai,

he both stimulated interest in Japanese film

and established himself as one of the world’s

leading and most influential directors.

In Seven Samurai, Kurosawa resurrected

the most popular

pre-World War II Japanese genre,

the samurai adventure story,

and combined it with a sub-variety of one

of the most popular American film genre

of the 1950’s (and earlier), the Western.

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