This legendary film's influence can be seen still today. Influencing greats like Lord of the Rings and The Avengers. It is said this is the first film where a team is assembled to carry out a mission. Of course, it was also remade into the American classic 'The Magnificent Seven.' Indirectly spawning the spaghetti western genre. Samurai became cowboy in the west. For all these magnificent feats how does it stand alone as a film experience? It's absolutely wonderful, timeless even. Leaving the 200 minute film I immediately began writing about the film. I wrote 3 pages on the lessons this film taught me. The construction of this simple premise turned 3 hour epic is genius. Next to Lord of the Rings, I don't think another film takes as much advantage of time as does Seven Samurai. Every piece of it's story is well developed and deserving of it's time. Kurosawa and his team of talented filmmakers and performers are simply legendary.