- Accidental Aesop: Don't encounter any strange men lying by the side of a forest path.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: The jungle beat as the woodcutter struts through the forest.
- Fridge Brilliance: Tajomaruís demeanor in court and during his flashback is very jarring―itís not even scary, just unnatural, with his unnatural bursts of laughter and awkward body language. Thatís probably because heís lying, and heís just pretending to be a big-shot bandit.
- We are meant to think the woodcutter is lying about his story because he stole the dagger. But if what he says about having six other children to feed aside from the abandoned infant is true, he could easily be interpreted as stealing the costly dagger to make ends meet. And all the other aspects of the story could very well be true.
- Evil Is Sexy: Tajomaru. It's a rugged Toshiro Mifune in skimpy clothing who is first seen lounging by the side of the road. Sometimes we wonder who the camera is meant to be voyeuristic towards, him or the wife.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Even though it has been somewhat Vindicated by History, it's still considered one of Kurosawa's weaker films in its native land. The funny thing is that the Japanese can't agree on why Westerners love it so much. Half think they're just impressed by its exoticism, while others claim the complete reverse, that it's too Americanized. Very few consider the fact that half the reason they consider it poor (the fact that it's a mishmash of two very different Ryunosuke Akutagawa short stories) doesn't even occur to Western viewers, who most likely have never even heard of Akutagawa.
- Narm: The medium and Tajomaru's laugh.