"Seven Samurai (1954)" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

In matters of daily mindful of death and to keep the word in the heart of the Code of Bushido

genius of Akira Kurosawa, who came from an old samurai family, connoisseur of European culture and Russian literature, in fact created a new post-war Japanese cinema and opened to humanity the veil of secrecy behind which in the minds of Western audience existed semi-fantastic world of cherry blossoms, in which people wear kimono, admire Mount Fuji, master the art of the sword and make a hara-kiri. But not in such an exotic image strength and the value of the great Japanese paintings, and that no matter on which continent and in which country they would not demonstrate they are understandable and close to everyone internally. His films - about the important things that unite us all: for justice, mercy, humanity, courage and fortitude. And, of course, "Seven Samurai" - a film that went far beyond the jidai-geki genre - historical costumes and performances of martial adventures of Japanese warriors. This profound social and philosophical drama came just in time: after the Second World War, Japan has not fully risen from the ruins of the national consciousness is in decline, and the famous fighting spirit of the people of the rising sun has been broken. American occupation and the subsequent demilitarization of Japan, with a total ban throughout the samurai culture (including films), poverty and unemployment are the first postwar decade - remarkably similar to the time shown in the film Kurosawa conditional sixteenth century, when the nomadic bandits looted the village and took away with them the entire crop, condemning the peasants to death by starvation, killed people and burned their houses. In fact, the medieval Japanese peasants were forbidden to even eat rice, they grow: it was considered a product for the elite. But the government does not hurry to protect their breadwinners-workers from predatory raids, and as is always the usual, they had to deal our own salvation to take into their own hands: to hire to protect the village wandering ronin (samurai without a master) and armed with sticks and clubs
Central. the theme of "Seven samurai" - preparing for an armed confrontation with the bandits and battle with them. But the main conflict - in the irreconcilable differences between the time forced the allies: the peasants and samurai. Different class, a different mentality, a way of life, ethics - in everyday life, they coexist as parallel lines, but cross them in a small village made the most powerful argument in the history of mankind: hunger. Two cups of rice a day for a professional soldier as a possible fee for life - Not great price, but there is no choice, and most importantly - a real samurai knows that at any moment he must be ready to die, and was not afraid of it. Occupation samurai always associated with death, calling the farmer - peacefully cultivate rice, barley and vegetables, on the contrary, life-affirming. The peasant as the most holy protects his home and family, and the soldier in a campaign to forget about the loved ones, if they have one. Samurai Code of dignity, honor and stoicism does not allow to kill the enemy surrendered, commoners in this sense unprincipled: it is able to kill and rob the wounded soldier, thrown the whole village at one of revenge finish with a prisoner. They are weak and cowardly one at a time, but all together resolutely and bravely overcome all disasters and vicissitudes of life. Villagers akin to a natural disaster, one of the seven samurai shows unique independent person. The image they have and respect, and warmth, and even irony and tragic pathos. Aristocratic youth Katsusiro Okamoto, walking along the lovely flower meadow, falls in love with a peasant girl, and then touching take care of her and shared with her his portion of rice. Purity, freshness, tenderness of first love is making a fraction of romanticism in a dramatic narrative. Wise leader magnificent seven Kambey Shimada - a perfect example of the samurai and also the philosopher: it was he who utters the important words "by the author." Sword Master Kyudzo - all sverhsamuray: all his spare time he is sitting dormant and sensing danger, immediately wakes up, chop enemies in batches and then goes back to sleep. Apart is the tragicomic Kikutio - Samurai is not by birth, but in the spirit that has survived all the troubles of hungry orphans, exuberant joker and brave, he is like no one understands and regrets the peasants - and their fellow finds common language with them
At the same time we can not say. that Akira Kurosawa like mostly soldiers or farmers, rather, he sympathizes with his people without idealizing its militaristic past and the cult of the samurai. In the image of gangsters, looting and demoralizing civilians, you can see a hint of the US occupation, and burnt their house and destroy its inhabitants - even a symbol of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but the director is wise enough and does not blame the incident on strangers, in the end they, too, the Japanese film, and often themselves ronin did not ignore the possibility of using his power to profit at the expense of others. This picture is not about the war in a single village, on the contrary: it is against war and hatred in the whole wide world, cruelty, generating violence, call for the unification of the Japanese nation in the name of creation. To realize the idea of ​​the universality of painting Kurosawa actually invented a new form of film narration, combining in his film the Japanese tradition of the samurai epic, firm place in the cinema of Japan half a century earlier, the transatlantic fashionable themes of westerns and philosophical depth inherent in the finest works of European authors. Sure to send humanism and imagery of film language Kurosawa was influenced by his favorite work of Russian classics of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, rethought in the movie "The Idiot" and "live." The film is rich with symbols, allusions and hints, to fully understand and appreciate that a Westerner can only devote himself to the study of Japanese culture and history. But hidden sivoliku titles can appreciate anyone acquainted with the last tank of the heroic general of the Japanese army Tadamiti Kuribayashi:
The enemy is not broken, and I did not die in battle, I will
born seven times, to
pick up naginata
persistence and courage worthy of imitation, willingness without fear to look death in the face, transcendent perseverance - qualities of the samurai, how was undoubtedly the general. Encouraging every Japanese line of his poem - that defeat does not exist until you yourself do not recognize, nothing is lost and there is always something to fight for, and where to seek even in the most difficult times
Samurai do their job and go left. after four graves with vonzennymi them with swords. Wins World War - and the true heroes of peace workers, Solo cheerful tune, planting rice, which will germinate the roots in water, become green - and then life goes on, and it is hoped that it will be peaceful and happy.

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