Japanese Samurai Film Genre Essay

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The Seven Samurai directed by Akira Kurosawa uses many film techniques and features of the Japanese samurai film genre to engage and influence the viewing audience. The Japanese samurai film genre focuses on the physical martial arts, and is very similar to American westerns. These films are usually set in the Tokugawa era and the main characters are samurai, or Ronin. The Seven Samurai is a stereotypical Japanese samurai movie set in the Tokugawa era about a village full of farmers who hire seven samurai to protect their village from a group of bandits. Kurosawa has used many features of a typical samurai film in The Seven Samurai such as the use of the katana, the samurai were usually ...view middle of the document...

In The Seven Samurai it is easy to see who the samurai are as they are dressed well and they act like the peasants and farmers are beneath them. In the film when the farmers are walking around the town looking for samurai to help their village it is easy for the farmers and also the viewing audience to tell the difference between the samurai and the peasants. The samurai walk around with pride, they have their chest up and are look above the crowd as if they should not be there with the peasants, and the peasants are hunched over looking at the floor. When the farmers go to the village in search of samurai, Rikichi, one of the farmers, gets down on his knees and begs for the samurai to help his village, many of the samurai just walked past him without blinking an eye, they should not be dealing with peasants, they are superior, they should be answering to lords not peasants. All samurai even Ronin are seen as socially superior and they act that way as well, most of them wouldn’t work for the farmers. The samurai thought they shouldn’t be employed by mere peasants and that they should work for lords and shoguns.

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