Skip to content

Kurosawa Samurai Collection


Barcode: 5035673012000

  • Format Blu-ray Box Set
  • Studio: BFI
  • Certification: 12
  • Category: World Cinema
  • Released: 1st September 2014
Click & Collect

Get it delivered to a store near you with FREE Click & Collect available on this product.

Ring & Reserve

Can't wait to get your hands on this? Ring to reserve at your local store, subject to availability: 03333 230 667

There was an error adding this product to your basket. Please try again.

Delivery to the UK only
Free UK delivery on orders over £20

Usually dispatched within 24 hours
  • Description

  • Product Details

  • Delivery and Returns

  • Description


    Akira Kurosawa is one of the world’s greatest filmmakers.

    His films have been acclaimed by critics the world over, and his celebrated samurai epics – featuring international star Toshirô Mifune – have inspired filmmakers as diverse as Steven Spielberg and Sergio Leone, and inspired countless films, including The Magnificent Seven. This indispensable Blu-ray collection contains digitally remastered High Definition presentations of five of Kurosawa’s greatest films, are accompanied with extra features including interviews with directors George Lucas and Alex Cox, feature-length audio commentaries and original theatrical trailers.

    Seven Samurai
    When the residents of a small Japanese village seek protection they hire seven unemployed ‘ronin’ (masterless samurai). Paid only in handfuls of rice, the samurai remain distant from the villagers, knowing that their assignment may prove fatal. Unanimously hailed as one of cinema’s greatest masterpieces, Seven Samurai has inspired countless films, including The Magnificent Seven.
    Japan | 1954 | 207 minutes | Japanese language, with optional English subtitles | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1

    Throne of Blood
    In this brilliant re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Macbeth Toshirô Mifune plays a samurai fated to betray his friend and master in exchange for the prestige of nobility.
    Kurosawa’s bloody tale is a triumph of economic style, and the climactic battle scene is full of remarkable, and brutal, imagery.
    Japan | 1957 | 108 minutes | Japanese language with optional English subtitles | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1

    The Hidden Fortress
    In this classic collaboration between Kurosawa and star Mifune, a warrior and a princess try against all odds to return to their homeland with their fortune. Acknowledged by George Lucas as the inspiration for Star WarsThe Hidden Fortress combines an epic tale of struggle and honour with modern comic sensibilities to masterful effect
    Japan | 1958 | 144 minutes | Japanese language, with optional English subtitles | Original aspect ratio 2.35:1

    A drifting samurai for hire plays both ends against the middle with two warring factions, surviving on his wits and his ability to outrun his own bad luck. Eventually the samurai seeks to eliminate both sides for his own gain and to define his own sense of honour. Yojimbo provided inspiration for A Fistful of Dollars
    Japan | 1961 | 110 minutes | Japanese language, with optional English subtitles | Original aspect ratio 2.35:1

    After the success of Yojimbo , Kurosawa teamed up once again with Mifune one year later to make this comedy of manners. The film, which follows a man fighting corruption in local government, offers a twist on the classic Samurai tale by gently, but perfectly parodying the conventions of the Japanese period action movie tradition.
    Japan | 1962 | 99 minutes | Japanese language, with optional English subtitles | 2.35:1


    • All films presented in High Definition
    • Original theatrical trailers
    • The Art of Akira Kurosawa (2013, 49 mins): Asian-cinema expert Tony Rayns discusses Kurosawa’s career and influence
    • Interview with filmmaker George Lucas (2001, 8 mins)
    • Interview with filmmaker Alex Cox (2003, 9 mins)
    • Introduction to Sanjuro by Alex Cox (2003, 5 mins)
    • Full-length audio commentary on Throne of Blood by Japanese expert Michael Jeck
    • Full-length audio commentary on Yojimbo by film critic Philip Kemp
    • Fully illustrated booklet with contributions from Philip Kemp and Nigel Andrews, and full film credits
  • Product Details

    Actors Toshiro Mifune, Masao Shimizu, Daisuke Kato, Seiji Miyaguchi, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yuzo Kayama, Isao Kimura, Tadao Nakamaru, Yoshio Inaba, Minoru Chiaki, Reiko Dan, Keijo Kobayashi, Yunosuke Ito, Takako Irie, Takashi Shimura, Eijiro Tono, Seizaburo Kawazu, Isuzu Yamada, Akira Kubo, Takamaru Sasaki, Yoichi Tachikawa, Chieko Namira, Misa Uehara, Susumu Fujita, Koji Mitsui, Kamatari Fujiwara, Kichijiro Ueda, Koichiro Kimura, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiko Tsushima, Kuniniri Kodo, Hiroshi Tachikawa, Susumu Fukita
    Directed by Akira Kurosawa
    Additional info Language(s): Japanese, Subtitles: English, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Screen ratio 1:1.33, Mono
    No. of discs 4 disc(s)
  • Delivery and Returns

    When will my order arrive?

    • If the items are in stock, we’ll aim to dispatch them within 24 hours of your order being placed.  
    • Orders sent via Royal Mail 48® are usually received within two to five working days, including Saturdays. 
    • Orders sent via the Express Delivery service will be dispatched the same day if ordered by 2pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
    • We will aim to dispatch pre-orders so that you receive them on the release date.
    • Where an item is 'Back in stock soon', we'll aim to receive more stock within a week and will dispatch any orders once the shipment has arrived.
    • Certain items can take longer to source than the estimated week, particularly during busy trading periods and may take longer to arrive at our warehouse. In this instance, we'll send weekly updates to keep you aware. 

    Delivery charges

    • Free delivery is available for most items when the order exceeds £20, but any exceptions will be clearly highlighted.
    • Selected items are only available for delivery via the Royal Mail 48® service and other items are available for delivery using this service for a charge.
    • Selected items are only available for delivery using Click & Collect to an hmv or FOPP store of your choice.
    • All delivery options and any charges that are applicable will be shown at the checkout.

    Will you tell me when my order is on its way?

    • We will email you as soon as each item is ready to be dispatched so you know when to expect them, but you can also check the status of your order in your account.
    • We don’t always ship everything together so check your dispatch email for more details - we’ll send you a dispatch email per parcel.
    • If your order contains items that are out of stock, we’ll ship the in-stock items as soon as we can and will dispatch the out-of-stock items as soon as we’ve received more stock in the warehouse.
    • For items that are dispatched using our standard service, we ask that you wait 14 days from the date of dispatch before reporting any items as undelivered.


    • We’re happy to accept returns for unwanted items, provided that they are returned within 14 days of receipt; unopened, unused, and in perfect condition.
    • Some exclusions apply, please visit our Help Centre for more details. 

Sign-up for emails

Sign-up for emails

Sign-up for emails

I'd love to hear about offers and promotions from hmv*