Akira Kurosawa’s great film,
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.