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Martial Arts (1954) 141 minutes ~ Black & White
In Sixteenth Century Japan, a poor village is frequently looted by armed bandits, losing their crop of rice. Their patriarch, Grandpa, advises the villagers to hire a Ronin to defend their village. Four farmers head to town to seek out their possible protectors, but they can just offer three meals of rice per day, and lodging for the samurai. They succeed in hiring the warm-hearted veteran, Kambei Shimada, that advises that they need six other samurai to protect their lands. Kambei recruits the necessary five samurai, and the brave jester, Kikuchiyo, and move to the village. After a feared reception, Kambei plots a defense strategy, and the samurai start training the farmers how to defend their lands and families, for the battle that approaches. The film culminates in a giant battle when 40 bandits attack the village.
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Writers: Akira Kurosawa (screenplay), Shinobu Hashimoto (screenplay) and Hideo Oguni (screenplay)
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki, Kamatari Fujiwara, Daisuke Katô, Isao Kimura