is a 1954 Japanese epic samurai drama film co-written, edited, and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The story takes place in 1586 during the Sengoku period of Japanese history. It follows the story of a village of farmers that hire seven rōnin (masterless samurai) to combat bandits who will return after the harvest to steal their crops.
Bandits discuss raiding a mountain village, but their chief decides to wait until after the harvest as they had raided it fairly recently. They are overheard by a farmer, whereupon the villagers ask Gisaku, the village elder and miller, for advice. He states that he once saw a village that hired samurai and remained untouched by raiders, and declares they should also hire samurai to defend them. Since they have no money and can only offer food as payment, Gisaku advises them to find hungry samurai.
|author||Akira Kurosawa Hideo Oguni Shinobu Hashimoto|
|keywords||bamboo burn concubine end family scroll force held hostage hide injured kidnap kill koseki masquerade matchlock firearms miller morning mountain village old friend old man orphan pre-emptive strike pyrrhic victory rescue rōnin samurai scout survive tanegashima trap warrior young boy|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Black and White Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White|
|theme||epic japanese jidaigeki|