"This is the nature of war. By protecting others, you save yourselves."Seven Samurai is a 1954 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa; it starred his longtime collaborators Takashi Shimura and Toshiro Mifune in two of the lead roles. It is considered by many Western critics to be the finest Japanese film of all time, and a few of them consider it to be the finest film ever made, period.Menaced by an army of bandits and on the brink of starvation, a village in medieval Japan decides to hire a small, motley collection of Ronin to defend them. Pity they have nothing to hire them with but rice...It has been remade, homaged, or flat out ripped off numerous times, in genres ranging from western (The Magnificent Seven) to science fiction (Battle Beyond the Stars, Samurai 7) and, if you're willing to stretch a bit, anthropomorphized animals (A Bug's Life) and goofy comedies (íThree Amigos!).This film has a serious claim to not only being the forebearer to pretty much every getting-the-team-together-for-a-mission movie — whether it's a Hitchhiker Heroes, Ragtag Bunch of Misfits, Putting the Band Back Together, or even The Caper — but also to being the first modern action movie. While it wasn't the first movie to use such tropes as dramatic slow motion or a reluctant hero, it was the first to bring them together in such a way that would be instantly recognizable and familiar to the present-day audience.This film — very frequently appearing in Top Ten of All Time lists — is a Trope Maker or early example for many tropes.
— Kambei Shimada
Seven Samurai provides examples of the following tropes: