(Akira Kurosawa, 1954). Kurosawa's greatest period film is based on a simple story, but presents a surface of superlative physical beauty. Besieged by bandits, a peasant village decides to defend itself by hiring ronin, masterless samurai. The director clearly loves his samurai characters with an intensity that transforms this action picture with breathtaking battle scenes into an elegy.
Sun., Aug. 23, 3 p.m., 2009