World Famous Comics: Samurai 7 - Box Set [Blu-ray] |
| Samurai 7 - Box Set [Blu-ray] |
|Starring: Inukai Junji, Zarah Little, Bill Flynn (II), Maria Vu (II)|
Directed By: Toshifumi Takizawa
Average Rating: see reviews
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)
Feature: Factory sealed DVD
Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Color, Widescreen, Dolby, Subtitled
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Items: 3
Picture Format: Widescreen
Platform: Sony PSP
Publication Date: September 21, 2010
Region Code: 1
Release Date: February 24, 2009
Running Time: 625 minutes
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Based on the legendary Akira Kurosawa classic epic feature film, Seven Samurai. Set in a futuristic world that has just witnessed the end of a massive war, scores of villages are terrorized by Nobuseri bandits. But the Nobuseri are no normal bandits. They were once Samurai, who during the war integrated their living cells with machines to become dangerous weapons now appearing more machine than man. Absolute power corrupts, and their reign of terror is increasing its hold on the countryside. But one group of villagers has had enough, deciding to hire samurai to protect their village. Kirara is a young priestess who travels to the city seeking out protection. One by one, she encounters brave samurai that the war has left behind. These men of skill and valor are each unique and not without their quirks. But can they come together as one to defend the helpless village?
The broadcast series Samurai 7 (2004) borrows the premise of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (1954): driven to desperation by bandits who steal their crops, the inhabitants of a small village hire unemployed samurai to defend them. With nothing to offer as wages but their precious rice, the villagers recruit warriors poor enough to accept the dishonor of working for peasants. Samurai 7 moves the story into the future: the bandits and some of the samurai are mecha. The grim ronin Kambei leads the viewers in the defense of their village, then tackles the forces of the orchidaceous emperor Ukyo. Kambei and his mismatched band attack the Capitol, Ukyo's equivalent of the Death Star. The warriors perform gravity-defying leaps, as they slash through steel plating, deflect bullets, and split laser beams with their swords in a climactic battle that occupies most of the last three episodes. The drawn/CG combinations reveal why Samurai 7 cost a reported ¥32,500,000 (nearly $300,000) per episode, an extremely high price by Japanese standards. Widely acclaimed as a masterpiece of world cinema, Kurosawa's Seven Samurai stressed the shared humanity of the peasants, the samurai, and even the bandits; the often grotesque people and mecha in this sci-fi adventure lack that essential bond. Samurai 7 offers plenty of over-the-top battle sequences for viewers who enjoy a mixture of feudal and futuristic daring-do. But its meandering plot, stock heroes, and tin pot villains have very little to do with its supposed model. (Rated TV PG, suitable for ages 12 and older: violence, brief nudity, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
(1. The Master, 2. The Pupil, 3. The Entertainer, 4. The Loner, 5. The Drifter, 6. The Fool, 7. The Friend, 8. The Guardians, 9. The Bandits, 10. The Journey, 11. Village, 12. The Truth, 13. The Attack, 14. The Offering, 15. The Gun and the Calm, 16. The Storm, 17. The Remembrance, 18. The Emperor, 19. The Mutiny, 20. The Execution, 21. The Rescue, 23. The Divide, 23. The Lies, 24. The Oaths, 25. The Last Battle, 26. The Era's End)
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