Seven Samurai (1954) Poster



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Remade as 

Kill a Dragon (1967)
Duel of the Seven Tigers (1979)
The film is about 7 martial arts masters who are enlisted to eliminate a Japanese Karate expert who is threatening the Chinese martial arts community
Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
This is a remake of the film.
Dikiy vostok (1993)
China Gate (1998)
Joe D'Amato's 'Outlaws' (1998) (Video)
The Final Assault (1999) (Video)
Samurai 7 (2004) (TV Series)
animated remake
The Magnificent Eleven (2013)
The main plot is an homage to this earlier movie
The Magnificent Seven (2016)


Seven Samurai 20XX (2004) (Video Game)


The Lost Patrol (1934)
The final shot of the the Seven Samurai references the final shot of John Ford's The Lost Patrol. In the last shot of the Lost Patrol the 6 swords of the dead British soldiers are shown stuck in the ground by their graves, very similar to the way Kurosawa would show the swords of dead samurai 20 years later.
My Darling Clementine (1946)
Kambei's rescue of a child recalls Wyatt's subduing of a drunk and violent Native American.
Rio Grande (1950)
Kikuchiyo riding Yohei's horse mirrors the soldiers riding the horses in the style of the Ancient Romans.

Referenced in 

Decoy: Stranglehold (1957) (TV Episode)
English title "The Magnificent Seven" seen on theater marquee
The Revolt of the Seven (1964)
Same basic plot.
The Big Gundown (1966)
Director Sergio Sollima stated that Cuchillo is based on Kikuchiyo.
It's a Mad, Mad Vengos (1967)
Thanasis makes a reference.
Kill! (1968)
There are seven samurai in the group which form the focus of the action.
Run, Man, Run (1968)
Director Sergio Sollima stated that Tomas Milian's character, Cuchillo is based on Mifune's character,Kikuchiyo, in The Seven Samurai.
Gegege no Kitarô (1968) (TV Series)
Nezumi Otoko assures Kitaro that in the fight against the western Yokai they have their "seven samurai" on their side, these being the seven remaining Yokai who didn't chicken out of the fight.
Red Lion (1969)
Gonzo's ambition and brash personality recalls that of Kikuchiyo, also played by Mifune.
Rupan sansei: Pilot Film (1969) (TV Short)
Goemon Ishikawa XIII is inspired by Kyuzo.
They Call Me Trinity (1970)
Story resembles. Like the Seven Samurai the two main characters help a small communtity to stand against a agressor. They also teach them how to fight.
Lupin the 3rd (1971) (TV Series)
Goemon Ishikawa XIII is inspired by Kyuzo.
Dillinger (1973)
The scene where Purvis enters the ramshackle house alone to take out a criminal echos the scene where Kabei rescues a boy from a thief.
Good Neighbors: Say Little Hen... (1975) (TV Episode)
Barbara You saw the 'Seven Samurai', chop it's head off.
Sholay (1975)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
C3PO's line "It seems we are made to suffer. It's our lot in life" is similar to what the farmers say about themselves. Also Luke Skywalker is similar to Kikuchiyo (raised/born to a farmer family but aspires to be a Jedi/samurai) and Katsushiro (young man who wants to become Obi-wan's/Kambei's disciple)
Arpa Colla (1982)
The A-Team: A Small and Deadly War (1983) (TV Episode)
Officer Meadows refers to the A-Team as the Seven Samurai.
Blackadder: The Black Seal (1983) (TV Episode)
Edmund goes on a quest to find the seven most evil men in the land
Cheers: Diane's Allergy (1984) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Frasier (as "The Seven Samurai").
Go for Broke (1985)
Screen Test (1985)
Cheers: Diane Chambers Day (1986) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Diane (as the Seven Samurai).
¡Three Amigos! (1986)
The plot is loosely based on Seven Samurai
Zombie Brigade (1988)
Jimmy says he went to see it
Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (1989)
Bushito mentions this movie is playing at the Nuart movie theater.
Second Sight (1989)
Dreams (1990)
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures: A Grimm Story of an Overdue Book (1990) (TV Episode)
Jacob Grimm proposes writing a story called "Snow White and the Seven Samurai."
Lovejoy: The Black Virgin of Vladimir (2 of 2) (1991) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in conversation by Lovejoy to iki.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Zigra (1991) (TV Episode)
Tom: "He directed 'Return of the Psychotic Seven Samurai.'"
The White Viking (1991)
When the christian warband appear over the hill to attack the pagans
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?: The Return of Dracula's Castle (1991) (TV Episode)
The Chief reports it in a clue.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: City Limits (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom: "I wish I could view 'Seven Samurai.'"
Undefeatable (1993)
"7 Samurai Club" sign
Cannibal! The Musical (1993)
The drum rhythm heard at the Indian camp scene is the similar to the rhythm heard during the opening credits of Seven Samurai.
Wing Chun (1994)
Like the samurai, Wing Chun is the sole (and unappreciated) defense of a small village against an army of bandits. Also, the river fight scenes reference a battle in "Seven Samurai".
The Crow (1994)
Final climactic battle in the rain
Men of War (1994)
Aladdin: Vocal Hero (1994) (TV Episode)
One of Amin Damoola's weapons is the "Swab of the Seven Samurai"
Century of Cinema: 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995) (TV Episode)
A still from this film is shown.
The Hunted (1995)
The final fight in the rain, like in this samurai film.
The Outer Limits: A Stitch in Time (1996) (TV Episode)
Corey invites Jamie to go and see Seven Samurai (1954) with him.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Laserblast (1996) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mike during the closing credits of "Laserblast."
Final Fantasy Tactics (1997) (Video Game)
Flame of Recca: Hono no gekitotsu! Futari no Hokage!! (1997) (TV Episode)
The warlord is Nobunaga Ona modelled after Toshio Mifune.
Pinky and the Brain: Leggo My Ego/Big in Japan (1997) (TV Episode)
Pinky says, "Who wants to see 'Snow White and the Seven Samurai'?"
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
Final climactic battle in the rain
Cha Cha Cha (1998)
Someone mentions this film when talking about Kurosawa.
A Bug's Life (1998)
An ant colony (village) is under attack by grasshoppers (bandits) demanding food. This goes on until the village decides to hire a circus act (samurai) to defend the village. However, the circus act is nine members.
Barenaked Ladies: One Week (1998) (Video)
"Like Kurosawa, I make mad films, okay I don't make films, but if I did they'd have a samurai"
Mifune (1999)
Rurouni Kenshin: Trust and Betrayal (1999) (TV Mini-Series)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
The horizon shot of the Trade Federation tanks coming over a hill to attack the Gungan army copies the horizon shot of the bandits attacking the farming village.
The Mission (1999)
The movie played a large influence for this film.
Valkyrie Profile (1999) (Video Game)
Kurosawa: The Last Emperor (1999) (TV Movie)
"The Seven Samurai" is mentioned.
Love Hina: I Love You!/Romantic Confession Inside a Cave/Tall Tale (2000) (TV Episode)
A poster is shown called the Eight Samurai
Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) (TV Movie)
Video case is shown.
The Mexican (2001)
Yamakasi (2001)
Samurai Jack: Episode III (2001) (TV Episode)
The flag sequence and the whole episode overall is partially based on Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai.
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Weakest link: Hitori gachi no hôsoku: Episode #1.1 (2002) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name.
Gilmore Girls: Teach Me Tonight (2002) (TV Episode)
Lorelai cites it as an example of Akira Kurosawa's directing abilities.
Star Trek: Enterprise: Marauders (2002) (TV Episode)
Marauders is a Star Trek remake of The Seven Samurai/The Magnificent Seven. The colony represents the village. The deuterium represents the rice, and the Enterprise crew are the seven heroes.
Exhumed (2003) (Video)
character based on Takashi Shimura's character
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
Final climactic battle in the rain
Entourage: The Scene (2004) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) (Video Game)
Para-Medic mentions this film (and its remake) during a conversation with Snake after you save.
Lung do kei yuen (2005)
Lang/Sifu standoff
Film Geek (2005)
Video case is shown in Scotty's apartment ("Seven Samurai").
Chromartie High - The Movie (2005)
character gives this as one of the examples of groups with 7 members
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Yoda scratches the back of his head when thinking, just as Kambei does throughout Seven Samurai. (Lucas has said this was a conscious homage.)
Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool (2005) (TV Movie)
English title"Seven Samurai" mentioned by producer Walter Mirisch
Ma vie en l'air (2005)
The lead sends his best friend to see it, so that he can be alone in the appartment for a date.
The Knitting Machine (2005) (Video)
The beginning of the documentary features the crew unloading the backhoes in a hammering rainstorm, resembling the final fight of Kurosawa's classic.
Extras: Ben Stiller (2005) (TV Episode)
The producer mentions The Magnificent Seven being a remake of this film.
EastEnders: Episode dated 2 May 2006 (2006) (TV Episode)
Kevin says, "I was wondering whether you had the Seven Samurai in stock?"
Heroes: Chapter Ten 'Six Months Ago' (2006) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Hiro("Seven Samurai").
Crossing Criminal Cultures (2007) (Video)
mentioned once
Russell (2007) (Short)
poster in the background of the film.
Heroes Unmasked: Japanese Idol (2008) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (2008) (TV Movie)
"Seven Dwarfs for Seven Samurai"
Summer Wars (2009)
A characters quotes a line from the film.
Micmacs (2009)
DVD is shown in a video store.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Bounty Hunters (2010) (TV Episode)
This episode's storyline was inspired by that of the film.
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (2010) (Video Game)
Mentioned by Kojima as an influence on Snake and Miller's meeting with Zadornov and Paz.
Predators (2010)
The sword fight in the field
Htipimata (2010) (Short)
A Blu-ray cover can be seen.
Ironclad (2011)
Seven men ride to a village/castle to defend it against a much larger force.
Law & Order: LA: Van Nuys (2011) (TV Episode)
The porn film "Seven Glamourai" is a parody of the film.
Shoestring Space Opera (2011) (Video)
mentioned once
Django Unchained (2012)
The shot of the hooded raiders cresting the hill on horseback mirrors the famous shot from "Seven Samurai".
Evil Dead (2013)
Final climactic battle in the rain
Rewind This! (2013)
Video case is shown.
Board James: Dream Phone (2013) (TV Episode)
The DVD of this movie is seen behind James.
The Legend of Hercules (2014)
Final climactic battle in the rain
John Wick (2014)
Final climactic battle in the rain
Saturday Night Live: Dwayne Johnson/George Ezra (2015) (TV Episode)
Title referenced during 'Franchise Viagra' musical number sung in the monologue.
Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen (2015)
Poster seen
Our Futures (2015)
Movie poster in Thomas's room.
Blunt Talk: Who Kisses So Early in the Morning? (2015) (TV Episode)
Walter wants to show the film to his eight-year-old son Bertie.
Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series (2015) (Video Game)
Sword fight in the rain.
Burnt (2015)
Adam asks the doctor if she has seen this movie.
White Rage (2015)
Lauri has the movie's DVD case on his table when he is choosing one of them to watch.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Zack Snyder stated in interviews that this film was an influence on Batman v Superman, he also pays homage to it by having Batman & Superman fight in the rain with was what the final battle in Seven Samurai
Lumière! (2016)
Title mentioned.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Chris Pratt/Miley Cyrus/Ben Sinclair & Katja Blichfeld/Elaine Bradley (2016) (TV Episode)
Chris Pratt mentions the Japanese film which inspired The Magnificent Seven
Gabriel DropOut: Friends, Work, and the Summer of Bugs (2017) (TV Episode)
Raphie mentions the movies she likes we see a poster similar to the movie poster with a title of "Five Samurai"
Star Wars Rebels: Twin Suns (2017) (TV Episode)
The climactic duel with a long build up and a short outcome is based on the Kurosawa classic.
Footy (2017) (Video)
''have you've seen Seven Samurai?''
The Flash: The Flash Reborn (2017) (TV Episode)
Cisco compares Samuroid to director Akira Kurosawa
Isle of Dogs (2018)
Score from "Seven Samurai" can be heard in the film.
Ready Player One (2018)
Daito kills a drone, wielding a bat like a sword and his real name is Toshiro, after Toshiro Mifune, the star of the Seven Samurai.
ARfRA: Why are Japanese films so extreme? (2018) (TV Episode)
Listed as a Japanese film.
Her Spirit (2018) (Short)
Inspired by
Barry: Chapter Eight: Know Your Truth (2018) (TV Episode)
The Chief of Police lists some Kurosawa films.
Honest Trailers: Every Christopher Nolan Movie (2018) (TV Episode)
Title seen in screenshot
The Mandalorian: Chapter 4: Sanctuary (2019) (TV Episode)
Samurai are hired by villagers for protection and teach them how to defend themselves.

Featured in 

A.K. (1985)
At the Movies: What's Wrong with Home Video (1988) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (1990) (TV Special)
At the Movies: Rounders/Kiki's Delivery Service/Simon Birch/Slums of Beverly Hills/Digging to China (1998) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown during the tribute to Akira Kurosawa.
The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999) (TV Special)
Clip presented during In Memoriam segment.
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
Seven Samurai: Origins and Influences (2006) (Video)
clips and stills shown
Nova: Secrets of the Samurai Sword (2007) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
Troldspejlet: Episode #42.11 (2009) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann mentions the film as he looks at the upcoming event look at J-Popcon 2009 + clip shown
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: 2012/The Messenger/Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) (TV Episode)
John Woo's #1 Favorite Film
NCIS: Mother's Day (2010) (TV Episode)
Watched by DiNozzo on his computer, when he misses the festival.
TCM Guest Programmer: TCM Employee Picks (2011) (TV Episode)
One of the films selected by the co-host
WatchMojo: Top 10 Martial Arts Movies (2011) (TV Episode)
Seven Samurai is #7.
Hollywood's Top Ten: Battle of the Warriors (2011) (TV Episode)
Taking #10 for top warrior movies
The Story of Film: An Odyssey: The Arrival of Sound (2011) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Sex & Melodrama (2011) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
Smashing UK Top 10: Top 10 Film Directors (2013) (TV Episode)
WatchMojo: Top 10 Medieval Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
Seven Samurai is #2.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies of the 1950s (2014) (TV Episode)
Seven Samurai is #8.
Death of a Cygnet (2014) (Short)
Clips Shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Fights in the Rain (2014) (TV Episode)
Weapons, Wetness & Wicked Warfare is #1.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Akira Kurosawa Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
Seven Samurai is #1.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies from Japan (2015) (TV Episode)
Seven Samurai is #1.
Renegade Cut: Seven Samurai (2015) (TV Episode)
movie is discussed and analyzed
WatchMojo: Top 10 Samurai Movies (2016) (TV Episode)
Seven Samurai is #1.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies EVERYONE Watches in Film School (2017) (TV Episode)
Seven Samurai is #3.
Chris Stuckmann Movie Reviews: Seven Samurai (2018) (TV Episode)
Chris reviews the movie.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies Everyone Should See at Least Once (2018) (TV Episode)
Seven Samurai is #10.

Spoofed in 

The Carol Burnett Show: Joel Grey, "Mama" Cass Elliot (1972) (TV Episode)
Parodied within "Salute to Foreign Films" sketch.
A Bug's Life (1998)
Director Akira Kurosowa is also listed in the credits
Escape from Chernobourg (1999)
Hero helps defend small village and trains them to battle raiders
Millennium Actress (2001)
Genya speaks to his cameraman, that the documentary that they're making is going to be called "The Seven Ghosts" and appears a poster at the background similar to Akira Kurosawa's film while Genya makes a funny imitation of the Samurai Kambei
6Teen: Enter the Dragon (2005) (TV Episode)
Hire the sushi chef is modelled after Toshiro Mifume

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