Seven Samurais DVD - Criterion Collection - 1954 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. 7 swordsman come to the aid of a besieged peasant villager. It timeless and appealing story served as the basis for The Magnificent Seven. Stars Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura. Unrated, the film has violence. Black and white, 197 minutes. Japanese audio track with English subtitles and Commentary by Japanese film expert Michael Jeck.