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Samurai film fest at the Kentucky

The Kentucky Theatre will narrow its focus next week with a little samurai film festival.

The four-day festival includes a movie that some film buffs consider the best movie ever made: Akira Kurosawa's 1954 masterpiece The Seven Samurai. It will screen at 4:30 and 8 p.m. April 20.

Zatoichi, or The Blind Swordsman of Zatoichi, is the feature at 5:30, 7:40 and 9:40 p.m. April 21. The Takeshi Kitano film won the people's choice award at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival.

Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), starring Forest Whitaker as a hitman who models himself after the Japanese warriors, is next at 5:15, 7:30 and 9:40 p.m. April 22.

Sukiyaki Western Django (2007) closes out the series at 5, 7:40 and 9:40 p.m. April 23. Judging by reviews, the English-language film starring mostly Japanese actors is a love-it-or-hate-it proposition.