November 19, 2020
Ronin were Samurai warriors who had lost or left their masters, and depending on what period of feudal Japan you’re talking about, they could’ve been anything from shame-filled wanderers to criminals to mercenaries. They were certainly not highly regarded citizens in their day, but the Western perception of them is quite different—thanks to the Akira Kurosawa classic film “Seven Samurai” and, more popularly, the Hollywood remake of it, “The Magnificent Seven.”
In these films, the Ronin (gunfighters in the “Magnificent Seven,” of course) were hired by poor villagers to save their towns from marauding bandits, thereby becoming...
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