With the pending release of the awesome looking 47 Ronin with Keanu Reeves I figured that I'd mention a man who has influenced numerous works and helped greatly to popularize the Samurai genre and without which we wouldn't have been able to enjoy this upcoming samurai movie or many others for that matter.
The name of that man is none other than the Great Akira Kurosawa, I would give you a rundown of all the things that he has influenced but there are too many different movies, actors, directors, writers and otherwise for me list or even to care to list. What I would like to point out is that he is someone that has existed in the background of our movie culture since the 1940s and has influenced so many things, like some the most famous and popular westerns; A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, all based off of the style of his films and off of his character from the movie Yojimbo. Not to mention one of the most popular and well regarded movies of all time the Seven Samurai. People don't give Kurosawa is fare due and I hope that this post does something to ameliorate that.
A movie that any true movie fan knows and heard of is Seven Samurai, this movie is a classic that has inspired many remakes, the western The Magnificent Seven being one of them.
A must watch movie to any fan of movies, especially samurai and western movies. It is a slow movie with few action scenes but the story is so well made that they are the only ones that you need. This is a movie about story and story development, not random reasons to for pointless conflict to ensue. This movie went on to influence the Western as we know and love it today.