Friday Jun 21 06:00 PM
Thursday Jun 27 01:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
About the Film:
June 21: Friends of Film Friday
Reception: 6-7:30pm. Screening: 7:30pm.
$15 | $12 members, purchase online.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Japan, 1954, 207 mins.
Akira Kurosawa's influential masterpiece, Seven Samurai, is an epic adventure classic and one of the most influential films ever made. Impressed by the bravery of Kambei (Takashi Shimura), a master samurai posing as a monk to save a kidnapped farmer's child, a group of farmers beg him to defend their terrorized village from bandits. Kambei agrees and soon he attracts a pair of followers: a young samurai named Katsushiro (Isao Kimura), who quickly becomes his disciple, and boisterous Kikuchiyo (Toshiro Mifune), who poses as a samurai but is later revealed to be the son of a farmer. Kambei assembles four other samurai, including master swordsman Kyuzo (Seiji Miyaguchi), to round out the group. Together they consolidate the village’s defenses and shape the villagers into a militia, while the bandits loom menacingly nearby. Soon raids and counter-raids build to a final bloody heart-wrenching battle.
Make it dinner and a movie: The June 21 pre-screening reception features bento and musubi for purchase, and complimentary tea.
Special guest: Anna Page, HIFF Director of Program Development, will introduce the film at the June 21 7:30pm screening.
Anna Page joined the HIFF team in 2010 as an intern and then as the Grants & Education Coordinator in 2011. In 2012, Anna became the Director of Program Development, serving as the festival’s grant writer and education coordinator. She is also a member of the programming team, and new program development leader. In 2012, Anna spearheaded the Kupuna Lens Film Program, the first ever film production program designed for local senior citizens. Page holds a Master’s Degree in Film Studies from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and has worked with the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival as Programming Coordinator. She is primarily interested in Asian cinema and wrote her Master’s Thesis on contemporary Japanese film.
Special thanks to FFF presenting sponsor Louis Vuitton.
View the trailer.