KIRK: But as much as the mail letter delivered and the DSL line installed and the latest J. Lo flick rented fills me with a deep sense of pride, in my soul I am Akira Kurosawa.
LORELAI: Seven Samurai, great movie.
Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998), Japanese filmmaker who directed thirty films in a career spanning five decades. He is regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in history. In 1990, he accepted the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Seven Samurai, a 1950 epic samurai drama film, co-written and directed by Kurosawa. Taking place in 1586, it follows the story of a village of farmers who hire seven rōnin (samurai without masters) to fight off bandits who are stealing their crops after the harvest. At the time, it was the most expensive film ever made in Japan, and was the #2 domestic film in Japan in 1950. It is consistently rated as one of the greatest films ever made, and remains highly influential, one of the most referenced films in cinema.