'''''Legend of [the] Eight Samurai''''' (Satomi Hakkenden) is a 1983 Japanese fantasy blockbuster from Kinji Fukasaku, the director of Battle Royale, set in the Edo period. It's based on a 19th century Japanese epic.

!!This film provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Princess Shizu.
* AnyoneCanDie: Those poor kids...
* BlindIdiotTranslation: The English dub makes reference to ninja; also, the English-language trailer infamously can't decide whether the title is '''Legend of Eight Samurai''' or '''Legend of Eight Ninjas'''. Apart from the fact that ninja are more concerned about covert activity than honor, '''Legend of Eight Ninjas''' is grammatically incorrect.
* BloodBath: Tamazusa bathes in blood to rejuvenate herself.
* {{Crossdresser}}: Keno is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiraby%C5%8Dshi Shirabyoshi]]. Shizu-hime pulls a SweetPollyOliver while on the run from Tamazusa's thugs.
* DueToTheDead: Shinbei and Princess Shizu give the two kids who died in the village raid a proper burial.
* GenderFlip: Keno's biologically female in this one, whereas in the original source material RecursiveCrossdressing was at work (as the character was originally a male disguised as a Shirabyoshi).
* HeelFaceTurn: Genpachi has one after discovering the crystal in his hand during a village raid. He promptly abandons his own troops and joins Dosetsu's group.
* KnightInSourArmor: Shinbei.
* LadyOfWar: Keno.
* TheOjou: Princess Shizu, again.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Genpachi volunteers to scout for traps in Tamazusa's hideout [[TheseHandsHaveKilled "because I've killed too many people just for sport, even women and children!"]] [[spoiler:Naturally, he's the first of the eight to die.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: As indicated by the brackets around the indicated word in the title above, the onscreen title is simply ''Legend of Eight Samurai''. No "the", despite what other materials (save for the trailer; see BlindIdiotTranslation above for more) may tell you.
* SweetPollyOliver: As noted above, Princess Shizu disguises herself as a young boy early in the film in order to conceal her identity from Tamazusa's troops.
* VainSorceress: Tamazusa.
* VasquezAlwaysDies: Happens to [[spoiler:Keno]] during the climactic showdown sequence.