Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) Sunday, August 11, 2024 2 p.m.-5:45 p.m.

Spotlight on Japanese Cinema

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On August 10, the film is introduced by Alan Cerny, Houston Film Critics Society.

One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai tells the story of a 16th-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-and-a-half-hour ride from Akira Kurosawa—featuring legendary actors Toshirô Mifune and Takashi Shimura—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions, and relentless action into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope.

The screening includes a 15-minute intermission.

About the Speaker on August 10
Alan Cerny is a member of the Houston Film Critics Society and has reviewed films for sites such as Ain’t It Cool News, Birth Movies Death, and Coming Soon. He is an accredited Rotten Tomatoes reviewer and a co-host of Matinee Heroes, a podcast with Craig Price. Cerny has hosted events at the MFAH and Alamo Drafthouse, and his upcoming plans include the video review project “The Crying Dad Reviews.” He has loved movies since his dad took him to see Jaws in 1975 and scarred him for life (in a good way).

70th Anniversary 4K Restoration by Toho Co., Ltd.

Community Partner: Friends of River Oaks Theatre.

Underwriting for the Film Department is provided by Tenaris, The June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation, and the Vaughn Foundation.

Generous funding is provided by The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Lois Chiles; Foundation for Independent Media Arts; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L'Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.

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Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai)

Directed by Akira Kurosawa
(Japan, 1954, 207 minutes, in Japanese with English subtitles)
Brown Auditorium Theater, 4K digital restoration

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