Ken Suzuki’s review published on Letterboxd:
Seven Samurai is one of the most fundamental films of all time. It's kinda crazy how influential this film is. I guess it's even more influential to action movies than Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest. It's almost impossible to imagine how action genre would have been without this masterpiece by Akira Kurosawa.
This film is the greatest of all time and it'll never change. Once I finish watching this, it leaves me speechless and I feel unbelievable how I sit there for more than 3 hours watching a film and never get bored. Moreover, I am even excited and enjoy it. The cinematography is very well made, shots by couple cameras in the action scenes which weren't popular back then.
The idea of the film is phenomenal; will there be any samurai who would fight for farmers just for food? Mifune's Kikushiyo is definitely one of the best characters in cinema history. We don't know much about his background, but as far as we know, his family was a farmer, but he grew up being a samurai. He might be too aggressive and rude sometimes, but he is the one who truly understands the farmers even if he says that the farmers are bad sometimes when they steal armours and stuff from sumurai, which is bad, but what else could they do since they had no choice?
The film has two parts which the first part tells the story of a group of villagers heading to the city to ask a samurai to help fight a group of bandit and protect their villages. A lot of samurai rejected them due to their caste and most samurai are cocky and cynical villagers as they're just farmers. And some of them join the villagers to help them and exchange with villagers to feed the samurai. Which is proof that there's some good samurai out there who truly understand the struggle of being a farmer and see the importance of farmers as without the farmers there wouldn't be rice for them to eat.
The second part started after they got all the samurai they needed. And the second part is about samurai fighting the bandit and protecting the village, which is definitely one of the most impressive acting scenes I have ever experienced.
Overall, I didn't expect it to be as good as this. I have heard several times that this film is great, but now I know. Actually, I have seen this movie so long ago which my dad recommended this movie to me when I was so young as it's the greatest Japanese film ever made, but I barely remember the story and most of the film, so since now I'm relieved into films I just want to give it a watch and surprisingly, this is one of the best films ever to exist.