This is the nature of war. By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you’ll only destroy yourself.
Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954) is an epic in every sense of the word: ‘a long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation.’ Defining Kurosawa’s seminal work, which runs for three hours and twenty seven minutes, as a long poem is justifiable given the film’s length, the grandeur and scope of its ambition, and the descriptive beauty of its dialogue and imagery.
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