History Film / SevenSamurai

3rd Dec '16 7:32:03 PM LBHills
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* AlliterativeTitleAlliterativeTitle: In English, anyhow.



* AndYourRewardIsEdible: The peasants can only offer food to the samurai they hire to defend them from bandits. Even still, this means that the peasants don't have enough rice for themselves and must subsist on millet.

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* AndYourRewardIsEdible: The peasants can only offer nothing more than food to the samurai they hire to defend them from bandits. Even still, this petty reward means that the peasants don't have enough rice for themselves and must subsist on millet.



* ArtisticLicenceHistory: Played with both ways. The film portrays the main samurai of the cast as all being brave and noble, but also acknowledges that the majority of them were brutal thugs who uses their power of higher social class to oppress the weak. Kurosawa said he did this because he's descended from a samurai family, and wanted in some way to apologize for his ancestor's actions. The Japanese still regard this film as a classic, but they were ''not'' happy with him deciding to speak the truth on this historical matter.
* AttackAttackAttack: The bandits fight to the last man without ever considering that there might be easier places to rob. The final bandit, hiding with the women, still sees fit to shoot at the samurai and betray his position rather than simply flee. This is partially explained by the bandit leader executing a couple of men who try to flee. We never learn why the bandit leader is so gung-ho, though.

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* ArtisticLicenceHistory: Played with both ways. The film portrays the main samurai of the cast as all being brave men of courage and noble, integrity, but also acknowledges that the majority of them were brutal thugs who uses used their power of higher social class position to oppress the weak. Kurosawa said he did this because he's descended from a samurai family, and wanted in some way to apologize for his ancestor's actions. The While the Japanese still regard this film as a classic, but they many were ''not'' happy with him deciding to speak the truth on upset at this historical matter.
particular deconstruction.
* AttackAttackAttack: The bandits fight to the last man without ever considering that there might be easier places to rob. The final bandit, hiding with the women, still sees fit to shoot at the samurai and betray his position rather than simply flee. This is partially explained by the bandit leader executing a couple of men who try to flee. We never learn why Most likely, raiding this village was the bandit leader is so gung-ho, though.only way to keep forty bandits fed.



* BadassBoast: During the final battle, Kikuychio claims that he has a lot of swords because he won't kill many bandits with just one.
* BadassGrandpa: Kambei is the oldest.

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* BadassBoast: During the final battle, Kikuychio claims that he has gathers a lot cluster of swords because he won't be able to kill many enough bandits with just one.
* BadassGrandpa: Kambei is the oldest.oldest of the samurai.



* BadHabits: Kambei's introductory scene has him rescuing a child from a hostage situation by cutting off his topknot and having monks shave his head and lend him some robes. In his guise as a monk, he brings food so that the hostage-taker will lower his guard, and then rushes in and kills the hostage-taker and saves the child.

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* BadHabits: In Kambei's introductory scene has him rescuing scene, he rescues a child from a hostage situation by cutting off his topknot and having monks shave his head and lend him some robes. In his guise as a monk, this disguise, he brings appears at the door with food so that for the criminal and the child. When the hostage-taker will lower lowers his guard, and then guard to take the food, Kambei rushes in and in, kills the hostage-taker man, and saves the child.



* BavarianFireDrill: So the entire village is completely deserted when the Samurai arrive, terrified that their daughters will fall head over heels for the exotic warriors. [[spoiler: Kikuchiyo flushes them out by ringing the alarm bell as if the bandits were coming.]]

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* BavarianFireDrill: So the The entire village is completely deserted when the Samurai arrive, terrified that these hired swordsmen will molest their daughters will fall head over heels for the exotic warriors.women. [[spoiler: Kikuchiyo flushes them out by ringing the alarm bell as if the bandits were coming.]]



** Mentioning wives or marriage around Rikichi. [[spoiler:It's because his village traded his wife along with grain and horses for safety from the bandits when they attacked the village last time.]]

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** Mentioning wives Rikichi does not want to discuss his wife or marriage around Rikichi.his marriage. [[spoiler:It's because his village traded his wife along with grain and horses for safety from the bandits when they attacked the village last time.]]



* TheBigGuy: Kyuzo and Kikuchiyo are different types: Kyuzo is the silent, highly skilled type and Kikuchiyo is the large (Toshiro Mifune was 5'9", the tallest of the actors playing the samurai) BoisterousBruiser.

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* TheBigGuy: Kyuzo and Kikuchiyo are different types: Kyuzo is the silent, highly skilled type 'pro' and Kikuchiyo is the large (Toshiro Mifune was 5'9", the tallest of the actors playing the samurai) BoisterousBruiser.



* BlessedWithSuck: Being samurai may make you top of the social class but it's meaningless without money to back it up. The virtues samurai have sworn to uphold also limit their lifestyle choices, like their choice of employment or spouse.

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* BlessedWithSuck: Being samurai may make put you in the top rank of the social class society, but it's meaningless without money to back it up.that doesn't mean much when you're broke. The virtues samurai have sworn to uphold also limit their lifestyle choices, like their choice of employment or spouse.



* BoomerangBigot: Kikuchiyo hates farmers. [[spoiler:It turns out he's a farmer's son]].

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* BoomerangBigot: [[spoiler: Kikuchiyo hates farmers. [[spoiler:It It turns out he's a farmer's son]].



* BringHelpBack: A couple of farmers go to a city in order to enlist help from masterless samurai. Because they're poor, the elder advises them to find "hungry samurai", and eventually they do.

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* BringHelpBack: A couple of farmers go to a city in order to enlist help from masterless samurai. Because they're poor, they have nothing but food to purchase help with, the elder advises them to find "hungry samurai", and eventually they do.samurai."
16th Nov '16 1:28:35 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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** Rikichi also unintentionally [[spoiler: gets Heihachi killed]] when he tries to go into the bandits' burning camp to try and save his wife.

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** When Rikichi also unintentionally [[spoiler: gets Heihachi killed]] when he tries to go into the bandits' burning camp to try and save his wife.wife, [[spoiler: Heihachi is killed dragging him to safety]]. Rikichi understandably feels terrible about it afterwards.
14th Nov '16 1:45:05 PM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* GetAholdOfYourselfMan: Kikuchiyo when Rikichi breaks down crying at [[spoiler: Heihachi's]] funeral.

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* GetAholdOfYourselfMan: GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Kikuchiyo when Rikichi breaks down crying at [[spoiler: Heihachi's]] funeral.
14th Nov '16 1:01:59 PM creeperkry
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* UngratefulTownsfolk: The samurai, after saving the village, are given nothing more than millet, while the beautiful women of the village gorge themselves on rice, and Katushiro, who loved Manzo, ends up alone.

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* UngratefulTownsfolk: The samurai, after saving the village, are given nothing more than millet, while the beautiful women of the village gorge themselves on rice, and Katushiro, who loved Manzo, Shino, ends up alone.
8th Nov '16 5:02:44 PM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: All the samurai in varying degrees but Kikuchiyo (Mifune), Kambei (Shimura), and Kyuzo especially.
4th Nov '16 2:52:21 PM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* NoIndoorVoice: Kikuchiyo. Never is this more clear than when the 7 visit an old lady. He's even asked "Why the hell are you always screaming?"

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* NoIndoorVoice: Kikuchiyo. Never is this more clear than when the 7 visit an old lady. He's Heihachi even asked asks him, "Why the hell are you always screaming?"
26th Oct '16 11:09:07 AM WaywardTotodile
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* FluffyTheTerribe: Kikuchiyo is named after the fake papers he has to "prove" he's of noble birth. Unbeknown to him and to the amusement of the others, Kikuchiyo is the name of a little girl. He still kicks lots of ass.

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* FluffyTheTerribe: FluffyTheTerrible: Kikuchiyo is named after the fake papers he has to "prove" he's of noble birth. Unbeknown to him and to the amusement of the others, Kikuchiyo is the name of a little girl. He still kicks lots of ass.
18th Oct '16 1:18:20 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* WithFriendsLikeThese: Kikuchiyo and Heihachi frequently bicker and argue throughout the entire first act. Although after [[spoiler: Heihachi's death]] Kikuchiyo makes up for it.

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* WithFriendsLikeThese: Kikuchiyo and Heihachi frequently bicker and argue throughout the entire first act. Although after [[spoiler: Heihachi's death]] Heihachi accidentally offends Rikichi, he discusses the incident with Kikuchiyo makes up and the two agree on something for it.once.



* YouAreAlredyDead: The guy who challenged Kyuzo to a duel first with sticks, then with swords. [[spoiler:Kikuchiyo's death could also qualify]].

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* YouAreAlredyDead: YouAreAlreadyDead: The guy who challenged Kyuzo to a duel first with sticks, then with swords. [[spoiler:Kikuchiyo's death could also qualify]].
11th Oct '16 7:52:40 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AlliterativeName: Heihachi Hayashida.
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* AndYourRewardIsEdible: The peasants can only offer food to the samurai they hire to defend them from bandits. Even still, this means that the peasants don't have enough rice for themselves and must subsist on millet.



* ArtisticLicenceHistory: Played with both ways. The film portrays the main samurai of the cast as all being brave and noble, but also acknowledges that the majority of them were brutal thugs who uses their power of higher social class to oppress the weak. Kurosawa said he did this because he's descended from a samurai family, and wanted in some way to apologize for his ancestor's actions. The Japanese still regard this film as a classic, but they were ''not'' happy with him deciding to speak the truth on this historical matter.
* AttackAttackAttack: The bandits fight to the last man without ever considering that there might be easier places to rob. The final bandit, hiding with the women, still sees fit to shoot at the samurai and betray his position rather than simply flee. This is partially explained by the bandit leader executing a couple of men who try to flee. We never learn why the bandit leader is so gung-ho, though.



* AwesomeByAnalysis: Gorobei only needs to take one look at the footprints outside the (seemingly) empty house to realize there are more people in the house, and being so empty means that someone is probably standing behind the door, and thus waiting to hit him. He instantly calls Kambei out on it.

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* AwesomeByAnalysis: AwesomeByAnalysis:
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Gorobei only needs to take one look at the footprints outside the (seemingly) empty house to realize there are more people in the house, and being so empty means that someone is probably standing behind the door, and thus waiting to hit him. He instantly calls Kambei out on it.



* BadassAdorable: Shichiroji is short, chubby, jovial and can skewer you like a fish with his BladeOnAStick.
* BadassBoast: During the final battle, Kikuychio claims that he has a lot of swords because he won't kill many bandits with just one.



* BadHabits: Kambei's introductory scene has him rescuing a child from a hostage situation by cutting off his topknot and having monks shave his head and lend him some robes. In his guise as a monk, he brings food so that the hostage-taker will lower his guard, and then rushes in and kills the hostage-taker and saves the child.



* BoomerangBigot: Kikuchiyo hates farmers. [[spoiler:It turns out he's a farmer's son]].



* BringHelpBack: A couple of farmers go to a city in order to enlist help from masterless samurai. Because they're poor, the elder advises them to find "hungry samurai", and eventually they do.



* CentralTheme: Who has it better, the peasants who live normal but undistinguished lives or the warriors who live exciting but violent lives?



* DeathWail: Katushiro sobs openly at all the carnage after the final battle.



* DoWithHimAsYouWill: Kikuchiyo and Kyuzou capture a bandit and immediately have to protect him from the (justifiably) murderous villagers. However, when they are approached by the oldest woman of the town, who lost every member of her family to bandits and has since been almost unwilling to continue living, they quietly step aside and allow her her vengeance.
* DreamTeam: The main team consist of some of the best samurai around, plus two rookies.



* EveryoneMeetsEveryone: This is how the samurai are introduced.



* FakeWeakness: Kambei says:
--> "A good fort needs a gap. The enemy must be lured in. So we can attack them. If we only defend, we lose the war."



* FluffyTheTerribe: Kikuchiyo is named after the fake papers he has to "prove" he's of noble birth. Unbeknown to him and to the amusement of the others, Kikuchiyo is the name of a little girl. He still kicks lots of ass.



* TheGadfly: Heihachi is a joker and a clown who likes to tease people sometimes. He's particularly fond of picking on Kikuchiyo. He is the one who coined "Kikuchiyo" as the samurai wannabe's new permanent name, as a reminder of the drunken scene that the man made the night before the samurai left for the village..



* TheHeart: Heihachi is the jokester of the team, and specifically brought in to raise morale despite being 'average' in skill (but still better than Kikuchiyo). [[spoiler: He's the first to die.]]

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* TheHeart: HaventYouSeenXBefore: When Gorobei recruits Heihachi chopping wood:
--> '''Heihachi''': Haven't you ever seen anyone cut firewood before?
* TheHeart:
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Heihachi is the jokester of the team, and specifically brought in to raise morale despite being 'average' in skill (but still better than Kikuchiyo). [[spoiler: He's the first to die.]]



* HeroicBSOD: Kikuchiyo suffers from this [[spoiler: after his glory seeking results in the deaths of one of the samurai and many of the villagers, particularly his bumbling assistant Yohei]].

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* HeroicBSOD: HeroicBSOD:
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Kikuchiyo suffers from this [[spoiler: after his glory seeking results in the deaths of one of the samurai and many of the villagers, particularly his bumbling assistant Yohei]].



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Kikuchiyo may be abrasive and loud, but he's deeply empathetic towards the farmers' plight and gets very emotional when he feels that they have been done injustice in some way.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
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Kikuchiyo may be abrasive and loud, but he's deeply empathetic towards the farmers' plight and gets very emotional when he feels that they have been done injustice in some way.



* KnightErrant: The samurai fit this to a T.



* LastBreathBullet: [[spoiler:At the climax, all but two of the bandits are dead, and while the remaining samurai are trying to ascertain if there are any left, the Big Bad manages to shoot and kill two of the remaining heroes before being killed himself]].
* LineOfSightName: Kikuchiyo got his name from a scroll he mysteriously happened to have with him that clearly wasn't his, and pointed to his name at random.



* MookDepletion: The eponymous samurai learn approximately 40 bandits will attack the town they are defending come harvest time. They spend time training the villagers, staging raids on sleeping bandits, creating fortifications and traps, picking off the problematic bandits with muskets (the bandits have muskets, making them very dangerous to the samurai), and so on in order to deplete the bandits. Kambei, the oldest and wisest of the samurai, even says "We must reduce them," in the English subtitles.



* MutualKill: [[spoiler:Kikuchiyo and the bandit leader kill each other]].



* NoRespectGuy: Kikuchiyo is a bumbling wannabe samurai who is a complete laughing stock of his companions, especially [[TheGadfly Heihachi]]. No matter what he tries, he looks like an idiot in front of everyone. Though he does earn a little bit of respect once in a while [[spoiler: and after he dies, he is buried with his sword like the other three samurai casualties]].



* TheRuntAtTheEnd: Katsuhiro tagging along with the much older samurai. Of course, Kikuchiyo is the real odd one out of that group.



* SatelliteCharacter: Out of all the Samurai, Shichiroji gets the least to do.



* ScreamingWarrior: Kikuchiyo, going with his boisterous personality.



* SlowMotionFall: A pioneering example is used when Kyuzo kills his opponent in a duel.



* TranslationYes: One of the peasants expresses his uncertainty about what Kambei is planning with a fairly long sentence. The subtitle boils it down to, "I'm confused."
* TraumaticHaircut: Manzo cuts his daughter's hair to disguise her as boy to protect her from the samurai.



* UngratefulTownsfolk: The samurai, after saving the village, are given nothing more than millet, while the beautiful women of the village gorge themselves on rice, and Katushiro, who loved Manzo, ends up alone.
* VictoriousLoser: Inverted. The samurai may have won the battle and their reason for going to the village, but don't gain anything for themselves. As Kambei points out the townspeople are prospering and planting while singing and nothing but cold graves or hunger and the road await the samurai. Saved from being a Downer Ending by Kambei's wise outlook and the amazing heroism of the seven.



* WeHelpTheHelpless: The film gives a somewhat ambivalent and often cynical treatment of this.



* WhenItRainsItPours: Used quite effectively during the final battle.




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* TheWomenAreSafeWithUs: Manzo is so terrified that his daughter will be raped by the Samurai that he cuts off her hair to disguise her as a boy.
* YouAreAlredyDead: The guy who challenged Kyuzo to a duel first with sticks, then with swords. [[spoiler:Kikuchiyo's death could also qualify]].
5th Oct '16 1:54:09 PM Lyendith
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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: "Kikuchiyo" has forgotten his own name and, being illiterate, initially pretends to be the last name on the parchment he stole… which is the 13-year-old daughter of a noble family. The other samurai mokingly start calling him by that name later on.
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