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5a179 SEVEN SAMURAI Japanese '54 Akira Kurosawa's Shichinin No Samurai, best Toshiro Mifune!

Date Sold 8/8/2010
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Folded Japanese "B2" Movie Poster (measures 20" x 28 1/2" [51 x 72 cm]) (Learn More)

Shichinin No Samurai (released in the U.S. in 1956 as "The Magnificent Seven", and in other English-speaking countries as "The Seven Samurai"), the classic 1954 Akira Kurosawa Japanese hired-professionals-save-a-tiny-town action epic (this great movie was the basis for the equally classic "The Magnificent Seven", it won the New York Film Critics award and was nominated for two Oscars!) starring Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Seiji Miyaguchi, Yoshio Inaba, and Minoru Chiaki. Note that this film was first released in the U.S. under the title "The Magnificent Seven". We're not sure when the U.S. title was changed to the now familiar "The Seven Samurai", but it was certainly before the 1960 "The Magnificent Seven" was released (we have found newspaper ads from 1957 that still use the original title).
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Important Added Info: Note that this is a "country of origin" poster for this Japanese movie, and that many collectors of Japanese posters consider this the "Holy Grail" of Japanese movie posters (it is rarely offered for sale or auction, and when it is, it sells for more than almost any other Japanese movie poster)!

Condition: very good to fine. The poster was folded like a U.S. one-sheet and there is tiny scuffing in the vertical foldline, above and below the top crossfold, and above the bottom crossfold, and there are minor creases on the folds. There is virtually no border wear at all, and the poster is in really excellent condition, and it has never had any sort of restoration or tape on either the front or back!
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