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Help finding notes on translation of "Seven Samurai?"

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    Anyone know where I can get ahold of the original Japanese script for Seven Samurai? Or, more helpfully, a side-by-side comparison of the Japanese transcript and an English translation, or ANY notes on the actual process of translating Seven Samurai?

    Bonus question: do we know what honorifics are used to address the samurai in Seven Samurai, if any? Thank you! 🙂


    Vili Maunula

    Hi! You can find a scan of the original script at the Akira Kurosawa Digital Archive, section 22.14.01. It’s not the most convenient form to read in, of course.

    The script has also been published in Japan. The Japanese Amazon should have some copies. An English translation was published as The Seven Samurai and Other Screenplays, but if I recall correctly it’s more of a transcription and not even based on the full film but its shorter international cut.

    I don’t know of any discussion on the translation process. There actually are a few different English subtitle translations.



    Thank you so much, this will help a lot! 🙂 Yes, there are a lot of differences between subtitles! I’m currently a paper on what “got lost in translation” for the film, so the resources you gave will really help. 🙂 If you know anything about the use of honorifics in the movie, please let me know! Thanks again!

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