Some of the greatest Japanese auteurs – Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi, and Takashi Miike, among others – contributed to the samurai genre that features the swordsmanship and code of honor (bushido) of the Japanese warrior class. The genre has also inspired some of the best directors in the West. Will first-time director Carl Rinsch, who has cast Keanu Reeves in his remake of Mizoguchi’s 1941 masterpiece “The 47 Ronin,” find a place in this noble tradition?
Seven Samurai (1954)
All five entries could have come from Akira Kurosawa, but this will do. A village besieged by bandits pays the title septet to protect them in one of the most exhilarating action films ever made. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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