Seven Samurai was released in 1953 and is, arguably, the most influential samurai movie ever. According to famed movie critic Roger Ebert, it “[became] the source of a genre that would flow through the rest of the century.” In Seven Samurai, a samurai answers a town’s cry for help and protection against repeated ambushes. With the help of six others, he teaches the townspeople how to defend and fight in exchange for food. The movie culminates with a battle for the ages between the hero and antagonists.
A classic movie like this is best enjoyed with a classic snack such as onigiri senbei. Onigiri senbei are rice crackers shaped like onigiri (rice balls), and Bokksu sells a variety of flavors such as traditional senbei and wasabi.
13 Assassins is widely regarded as a classic samurai film. The original was released in 1963 to much critical acclaim, and a modern remake was released in 2010 to a similar reaction. In 1844, 13 assassins attempt to ambush and murder a soon-to-be high-ranking political figure on his journey to Edo (the older name for what is now Tokyo). Severely outnumbered, these 13 warriors take viewers on a wild ride of adventure, betrayal, and intrigue through feudal Japan.
We recommend pairing one of our green teas with a Hokkaido white raspberry cookie while watching either version of 13 Assassins. Much like the assassins themselves, green tea harvests traveled to Edo during this time period. In fact, the first arrival of a green tea harvest in Edo was an important cultural event, as it helped spread green tea across the entire country!