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Dinner and a Movie: Seven Samurai With Sushi Buffet and Sake 

When: Mon., July 26, 7 p.m. 2010
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No one envies the person who had to program a three-month film festival celebrating what would be Akira Kurosawa’s 100th birthday. The master filmmaker directed 30 films, and at least a third are held to a level of acclaim that would make his great admirer (and Dreams cast member) Martin Scorsese blush. The Belcourt has done an admirable job of rounding out its Kurosawa Centennial series with obscure early features and more esoteric titles — but you’ve just got to have the legendary Seven Samurai as the centerpiece. Even in an oeuvre full of classics, Seven Samurai’s story of seven unemployed mercenaries defending a small village — a primordial stew of now familiar cinema tropes, incorporated everywhere from The Dirty Dozen to A Bug’s Life — remains required viewing for film students, action-movie connoisseurs and pop-culture fans alike. For just $25 ($20 to non-members), you can see one of the greatest movies ever made and fortify yourself beforehand with a sushi buffet from Zumi Sushi just across Belcourt Avenue. (Zumi’s also providing a snack of edamame during intermission.) Also, for the duration of the Kurosawa series, The Belcourt is making sake available at its liquor-stocked concession stand. If you want to see the movie without the meal, check showtimes Saturday and Sunday: the dinner is Monday night only. Maybe Seven Samurai’s epic runtime seems intimidating — but we guarantee that its three-and-a-half hours pass more quickly than any one hour of Transformers 2. Dinner 7 p.m. at Zumi Sushi, film 8:10 p.m. at The Belcourt
— Lance Conzett

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