Seven Samurai - Drama Through Action

When you think of “action cinema,” a testosterone-fueled sensory overload of explosions and violence is likely to come to mind. In this video essay, Lewis Bond looks Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai to illustrate that action and emotion need not be separated, an understanding that made Kurosawa a true pioneer of evoking genuine drama through action.

Criterion Collection

Action Conventions & Techniques


Samurai & Martial Arts

Akira Kurosawa

Seven Samurai