Film stills don’t get much better than this. Mifune (L) and Seiji Miyaguchi ® in “Seven Samurai” (1954). 

After “Ikiru,” Kurosawa and his screenwriting team – Shinobu Hashimoto and Hideo Oguni –  wanted to make a film exploring a day in the life of a samurai, but the idea was too vague. Looking over the enormous amount research material compiled, Kurosawa found a tidbit about a group of samurai who came together to protect a village from bandits.

The team sat down to explore the idea and ended up writing a 500 page script.