YMMV / Seven Samurai

  • Crazy Awesome: Kikuchiyo
  • Counterpart Comparison: Kyuzo and Kikuchiyo can be compared to the famous samurai Miyamoto Musashi. Kikuchiyo has been compared to Takezo Shinmen, who, like Kikuchiyo is scruffy and an Emotional Bruiser, while Kyuzo has been compared to Takezo's post training self, Musashi Miyamoto, who is The Stoic who is obsessed with perfecting his skill.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Kikuchiyo isn't the lead, but which of the actors' names is the best known now?
    • Seiji Miyaguchi as Kyuzo is also highly admired (frequently called "the cool one"), for being a badass swordsman who is laconic and nonchalant about his awesomeness.
  • Genius Bonus: A close look at Kyuzo's introductory duel shows that he sacrifices the chance for a first strike to land what would be a sure killing blow, hence his insistence that he won. Once the real swords come out, he instead prioritizes speed as he can no longer allow himself to be hit.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the movie, Rikichi outlives his wife. In real life, Yukiko Shimazaki outlives Yoshio Tsuchiya.
    • Earlier in the film, when the samurai arrive at the village, Kikuchiyo remarks, "I'd hate to die on that dung heap." Heihachi rebuffs with, "Nobody's asking you to." At the end of the film, Kikuchiyo does die on that "dung heap", in battle, and of course, nobody asked him to.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Minoru Chiaki, who played the first Samurai to die, lived the longest of all seven actors.
  • Ho Yay: Katsushiro really, really admires Kyuzo.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Kikuchiyo. Sure, he's crass, rude, stubborn and impulsive, but man, does his life suck. First of all, he's an orphaned farmer's son whose parents were implied to have been killed. Second, his attempts at proving his worth at being a samurai are met with mockery by the other six. He spends half the movie being the Butt-Monkey of the other samurai until eventually, finally he's accepted as part of the team. Also counts as an Iron Woobie, since he's got an amazing, determined spirit despite all this.
  • Mainstream Obscurity: Like Rashomon, Seven Samurai is known for its basic plot, and even more for the praise it has gotten, not realising that the film is a still-relevant parable of class difference with a rich plot and colourful characters.
  • Narm Charm: At Heihachi's funeral, when the villagers start wailing, Kikuchiyo screams at them to stop. At one point, Kikuchiyo's voice cracks as he does so. It's silly, but at the same time you can tell he's also torn up about losing Heihachi.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: A major victim of this phenomenon, it has been so influential that modern viewers can often miss its brilliance. Many of the visual jokes can now be recognized from miles away.
    • It's often called the first real instance of what we think of now as an action film. The various tropes had all existed before, but this was the first time they were all used together.
    • At the same time however, this film is simultaneously a major aversion. There is so much content in the film that has not been copied even within Japanese cinema and mainstream culture, and it's a fountain of Unbuilt Tropes (such as the demythologization of the Samurai) that will surprise many first time viewers. In addition a lot of the technical and artistic qualities (in particular the film editing during the fight sequences) have aged so well that they blow away modern copycats and imitators.
  • Too Cool to Live: Kyuzo and Kikuchiyo.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The actor who played Kyuzo had never handled a sword in his life. With some clever camera tricks, he looked like the best swordsman in the film. Considering that this is long before digital editing, that's pretty impressive.


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