Monday, August 22, 2005

The Seven Samurai

Of all Akira Kurasawa's films that had in impact on Stephen King, The Seven Samurai took the cake. It was such an incredible film that John Sturgis went off and made his western, The Magnificent Seven, which was Sturgis' take on the story. King showed his gratitude for Sturgis' film so much that he name the town after him, Calla Bryn Sturgis, from the novel Wolves of the Calla. The novel deals with Roland's Ka-tet (the name given to the small, but well trained Gunslngers that Roland has created) being asked by the people of Calla Bryn Sturgis to rid them of the terrible harriers known only as the Wolves of Thunderclap. If you have seen the films, either of them, then you already know the plot. Gunmen, men who deal in lead, are hired by the local peasant farmers to stop the bandits from raiding their town. Same with Wolves of the Calla, except the Wolves are pretty interesting creatures, but that is for later.


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