Screening report

Seven Samurai The Japanese 16th Century farming communities’ frustrations by bandits during harvesting time is well illustrated in the Seven Samurai movie. The village led by Rikichi grew weary of the bandit raids and opted to look for the assistance of the samurai since they were incapable of fighting the bandits, they lacked martial ability. Rikichi found seven samurai mercenaries who were ready to help the village; they included Kambei, Kikuchiyo, Katsushiro, Kyuzo, Shichiroji, Heihachi, and Gorobei. The mercenaries taught the villagers some fighting skills in preparation for their defense plus flooding the rice fields, building fences in conjunction to bridge tearing down.
The movie is segmented in three sections. The protectors’ gathering which encompasses the introduction of the samurai forms the first segment with the proportion coming up as a set-up but important to the understanding of characters and their roles. The second portion covers the preparation for the battle; they teach the villagers how to fight and the bond occurs. The third section covers the battle after the bandits have attacked. The samurai launch a pre-emptive strike on the bandits’ camp before the battle. The bandits are in possession of guns and therefore advantageous with the first casualties resulting from those guns.
In the Movie, Kurosawa has employed the deep focus technique which keeps everybody in focus regardless of the distance in relation to the lens. Although it lacks three-dimensionality, he rarely employs close-ups unless there is a reason for it. He often shoots the figures which are silhouetted against the horizon with the battle scenes very realistic.
Work Cited
Kurosawa, Akira. Seven Samurai. Sojiro Motoki, 2010. DVD.