How well do you remember Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai"?

ENTERTAINMENT

Torrance Grey

6 Min Quiz

Image: The Movie DB

About This Quiz

This film by Akira Kurosawa electrified audiences and inspires filmmakers to this day. And, of course, it was the basis for "The Magnificent Seven." Test your knowledge of this classic with our quiz!

What year was "Seven Samurai" released?

The film had been several years in the making.

Advertisement

In what century do the events of "Seven Samurai" occur?

The year is 1586, as indicated by the family register Kikuchiyo carries around.

Advertisement

How many samurai survive the whole film?

We thought we'd get this question out of the way before specific questions about causes of death provide spoilers!

Advertisement

What three crops are mentioned in the film?

Rice is the most valued, followed by barley and then millet.

Advertisement

Why do the raiders spare the village in the film's opening?

A farmer overhears their plans to raid and takes the news back to the village.

Advertisement

What kind of samurai does the village elder suggest they find?

"Even bears come down from the mountains when they're hungry," he says.

Advertisement

When the farmers first see Kambei, what is he doing?

Kambei is preparing to pass for a monk.

Advertisement

Which character(s) follow Kambei after he saves the little boy?

We don't known Kikychiyo by name yet -- or ever, technically.

Advertisement

What does Kikuchiyo want with Kambei when he follows him?

It's Katsushiro who wants to be the apprentice, and of course the farmers want to hire Kambei.

Advertisement

What does Kambei want Katsushiro to do when a new samurai enters the hut?

It seems rude, but no true samurai would allow the stick to make contact.

Advertisement

Why is Shichiroji chosen?

Shichiroji helps Kambei judge the potential of other samurai.

Advertisement

Who is the group's archer?

Kambei uses a bow and arrow later, but it's Gorobei who's the Katniss Everdeen of the group.

Advertisement

Who finds and recruits Heihachi?

Having only just signed on, Gorobei wastes no time in finding another samurai.

Advertisement

What is Heihachi doing when Gorobei finds him?

The cheerful Heihachi calls himself a samurai "of the Wood-Chop School."

Advertisement

Why does Gyuzo kill another samurai in town?

The two first fought with wooden sticks, but the man refused to accept the result of that bout and escalated things.

Advertisement

Since Heihachi is a lesser-skilled samurai, why does Gorobei think he'd be an asset?

The actor who played him, Minoru Chiaki, had a very amiable face.

Advertisement

Why does Manzo want his daughter Shino to cut off her hair?

Manzo chases her around the village when she's resistant to his suggestion.

Advertisement

Who saves the day when the farmers' rice is stolen?

Katsushiro is from a samurai family who apparently have attained position and money.

Advertisement

Why do the others laugh at the rogue samurai's claim to be "Kikuchiyo"?

Japanese audiences would have known that "Kikuchiyo" is a two-part girl's name, like "Mary Jane." The "13 years old" point is made explicit in the dialogue.

Advertisement

Why does Kikuchiyo ring the town's alarm bell?

He demands and gets respect from the villagers, and for this reason, Kambei accepts him as the seventh.

Advertisement

Why is Katsushiro outraged when he thinks Shino is a boy?

Katsushiro soon learns different when he gets into a wrestling match with the "boy."

Advertisement

Who comes out of a hut, holding an axe high, to kill the captured scout?

Kambei doesn't want the raiders' scout killed, but he doesn't get his way on this one.

Advertisement

What does Kikuchiyo's anti-samurai rant reveal about him?

Class mobility was virtually nil in this time, so if you were born to farmers, you were a farmer, period.

Advertisement

Who makes a banner for the village to fight under?

Kikuchiyo is represented by a triangle, whereas the "real" samurai are all circles.

Advertisement

What terrible secret is Rikichi hiding?

We learn the truth in the raid on the fort, where his wife lives as a sex slave.

Advertisement

Which of the samurai do not go on the raid on the fort?

Rikishi makes four -- which causes the ill-fated reunion with his wife.

Advertisement

Who dies in the attack on the fort?

The actor who played him was actually the last of the seven to die in real life.

Advertisement

What does Gyuzo do that wins Katsushiro's breathless admiration?

Yes, they had primitive guns in the 16th century -- but Katsushiro might have invented the man crush.

Advertisement

What (indirectly) causes does Gorobei's death?

Kikuchiyo has mettle, but his lack of discipline costs Gorobei his life.

Advertisement

How does Gyuzo die?

Katsushiro is understandably broken up about this.

Advertisement

How does Kikuchiyo die?

He succeeds in killing the raiders' leader first, though.

Advertisement

What does Kambei say to Shichiroji at the battle's end?

Later, Kambei will say the true victory belongs to the farmers, not to them.

Advertisement

What are the villagers doing in the final scene?

Shino and Katsushiro could not easily marry, as they are from different social classes.

Advertisement

How long is "Seven Samurai's" uncut runtime?

Toho Studios cut it down for the American theatre run, believing that American audiences wouldn't sit through 207 minutes.

Advertisement

Which American Western film is a retelling of "Seven Samurai"?

Sadly, Akira Kurosawa called the Steve McQueen film a disappointment.

Advertisement

About Zoo

Our goal at Zoo.com is to keep you entertained in this crazy life we all live.

We want you to look inward and explore new and interesting things about yourself. We want you to look outward and marvel at the world around you. We want you to laugh at past memories that helped shape the person you’ve become. We want to dream with you about all your future holds. Our hope is our quizzes and articles inspire you to do just that.

Life is a zoo! Embrace it on Zoo.com.

Explore More Quizzes