Seven Samurai is a 1954 Japanese film co-written, edited and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film takes place in Warring States Period Japan (around 1587/1588). It follows the story of a village of farmers that hire seven masterless samurai (ronin) to combat bandits who will return after the harvest to steal their crops.
Seven Samurai is described as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made, and is one of a select few Japanese films to become widely known in the West for an extended period of time.
Seven Samurai was among the many movies that were featured in the movie theaters in Magdeburg. Georg Kresse and his sister Anna were brought into watching the movie after hearing from Committees of Correspondence members. Kresse later related the movie to then enemy Captain Lovrenc Bravnicar about Seven Samurai when Kresse offered to pay the mercenary and his company to be employ by his rebels, much as similar to the farmers hiring the samurais in the film. Bravnicar was totally unheard of the idea of rebels - who are also compose of farmers - hiring mercenaries. When Kresse told him about the premise of the movie, Bravnicar was absolutely confuse of what he is saying (and no knowledge of and ever seeing a movie) and surprisingly exclaimed if he had actually hire actual Japanese cavalry all the way to Europe.