Samurai 7 is based on the 1954 movie, Seven Samurai, made by the same author, Akira Kurosawa. The show was aired from June 15 to December 25, 2004 in Animax. The differences between the film and the anime is that the anime is very futuristic.The story starts in a fictional village of rice called Kanna. One of the common problems experienced by the villagers is that bandits steal all the rice harvested annually. As a result of the problem, an elder planned and decided to hire a samurai to protect the village against the Bandits. But as a payment, villagers would pay rice instead of money because villagers have no money to pay. Three representatives left the village to find a samurai that is willing to protect the rice village.
Luckily, three villagers found seven hungry samurai who are willing to save the village. They returned to Kanna, together with the seven samurai, to prepare for their defenses.