YMMV / Seven Samurai

  • Crazy Awesome: Kikuchiyo
  • 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.
  • Fanservice: Toshiro Mifune spends most of the movie wearing very little, so the viewer gets to look at his strapping, muscular body.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the movie, Rikichi outlives his wife. In real life, Yukiko Shimazaki outlives Yoshio Tsuchiya.
  • 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: Well Kikuchiyo is certainly an... over-the-top fellow.
  • 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.