Saw The Seven Samurai for the first time at the Castro last night. A perfect film at every scale, from the choreography of the action scenes – you always know exactly where in the village you are – to the translation of the jokes – “Find hungry samurai.” Shimada and Kyuzo are exactly what I’ve always wanted Jedi knights to be: dangerous, melancholy, competent and kind. A simple, urgent plot and unflinching characterization: this is what people are like. Isn’t it terrible? Isn’t it hilarious?

Damn, it was inspiring.

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