Alex Jacoby, Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies, took part in a discussion with film scholar Ian Christie, the film editor for The Metro, Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, and author S.F. Said on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking, to talk about the re-release of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film Seven Samurai.
The panel discussed the enduring fascination of the work, its international appeal, its status as a work that redefined the jidai-geki (period film), its social and political context in the milieu of postwar Japan, and its ongoing influence on other artists and filmmakers.
Free Thinking will be broadcast on Tuesday 25 March at 10pm on BBC Radio 3 and will be available to listen to on BBC iPlayer afterwards.
Seven Samurai is available to stream now on the BFI Player and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD by the BFI on 21 April 2014.