My favorite film is Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai (1954). It's frequently ranked in the top 10 foreign films of all time. British film magazine Empire has it at No. 1.
Kurosawa is a hugely influential filmmaker. His Hidden Fortress (1958) is widely acknowledged by George Lucas as the source inspiration for Star Wars.
Kurosawa's style deployed two key elements that still dominate Hollywood blockbusters: the motley crew of renegades gathered together for a heroic quest and a tone that deftly balanced tragic and comic elements. The Dirty Dozen, Goodfellas, The Lord of the Ring Trilogy, most of Quentin Tarantino's films, and The Avengers movies owe a huge debt to the way Kurosawa handled light and dark elements and developed his characters.
Seven Samurai was remade in 1960 by John Sturges into the classic Western, The Magnificent Seven, a blockbuster that featured an A-list cast that included Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson, Lee Van Cleef and Steve McQueen. It too is a staple on every top 10 list of best Westerns ever made.
The latest remake of a remake of The Magnificent Seven features Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt and is directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day). It comes out September 23rd. The reviews are solid and the picture seems to be pretty entertaining even though it might fall short of the "classic" status of its predecessors.
The artist collective knows as the Poster Posse has wrangled up a mini salute to the Fuqua Magnificent Seven, which features sly references to both the Sturges Western and Kurosawa's Samurai classic. I leave you to discover them for yourselves.
Also, enjoy the homage to old and new strewn along the way.
The Original Trailer For The John Sturges-Directed The Magnificent Seven
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The Original Trailer For Akira Kurosawa's 1954 The Seven Samurai, Which Inspired The 1960s Remake:
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