The Seven Samurai Scenes

I recently watched The Seven Samurai for the second time and the second time around I was able to think deeper about certain scenes than I had before. So, seven of the best scenes are talked about below:

1. When Manzo cuts off Shino’s hair-


I can understand the protection a man can feel over his daughter and Manzo proved it with his actions by cutting off his daughter’s hair. Socially, long hair is a sign of feminism and by cutting it off he took that away from her. He did it in order to “protect” her but he actuaally hurt her emotionally and it showed he didn’t trust the samurai…the men that were going to help him and the other farmers.

2.  When Kikushiryo sounds the alarm



When the samurai first arrive at the farmer’s village, the farmers ignore them and hide. They don’t trust the samurai and don’t want to welcome them in. Kikushiryo gets angry at this and sounds the “bandit alarm” and once all of the farmers are startled, only then do they beg the samurai to help them and show them open arms. I really liked this scene because he gave the farmers a reality check and showed them that they needed the samurai.

3. When Kambei shaves his head



During this scene, I didn’t really realize what the big deal was with Kambei cutting his hair off but then I soon seen that the other samurai all had a ponytail and then I realized he was going against his social beliefs to save a child’s life. He was to dress as a farmer and trick the man who had kidnapped a child. It worked and I think this proved that Kambei was a respectable samurai. He sacrificed something important to help another person.

4. When Katushiro gives them money


I thought this was a very compassionate scene. Katushiro is a young man and he isn’t a skill samurai yet. He feels pity for the farmers who don’t have enough rice and he gives them money to go buy some. The farmer’s were speechless because they couldn’t fathom a samurai would help them like that and they were just so greatful they could only look at him with joy.

5. Kikuchiryo realizes his parents died the same way the child’s did


Throughout the movie the audience learns that Kikuchiryo was born to farmers and he is able to feel and relate to what the farmers are going through because his family has been in that situation. Towards the end we see that Kikuchiryo’s parents died from the hands of bandits and he, like the boy in his arms, were left as orphans and went through hard times as a farmer’s child.

6. When Rikichi sees his wife


Rikichi has been holding something back from the samurai and he gets mad every time they mention him finding a wife. When Rikichi and some of the samurai go to invade the bandit’s camp, he finds his wife and she, out of shame, runs back into the burning shack. She had been taken by the bandits and abused. Rikichi, I’m sure, cared about her and loved her and he wouldn’t have judged her from what had happened.

7. When Kambei says they haven’t won but the farmers have



In the end, the samurai helped the farmers as a good deed. They lost more than the farmers had in the battle and the farmers came out victorious. The samurai lost their close friends and skilled fighters. Deep down they know they did the right thing but still can’t help but find it evident that they got nothing in return.



Rocky’s Road…To Redemption

A father figure is what every person needs in their life, even if a man is not really a father to someone, they can substitute or be like one. In the movie Rocky, Mickey(his trainer), in my opinion serves as the father figure to Rocky Balboa. Rocky had always wanted to be a talented boxer, he had went to Mickey’s for boxing training for six years and had always had a locker there. Which was significant because it meant he was good at his craft and that he was an asset to Mickey. When he was “evicted” from the locker, I think Rocky was at “rock” bottom, he knew then and there he wasn’t even accomplishing his one and only goal, to become a professional boxer. Luck strikes and Rocky is called up to fight the heavy weight world champion Apollo Creed. He doesn’t think he has a chance but he trains and puts in the time. Mickey hears of this and goes over to Rocky’s apartament. He tells him he wants to help him and that he basically won’t make it without a manager. Rocky blows up and basically tells him “Now you want me when I’m on the top, when I’ve gotten a chance, but you didn’t want me when I was on the bottom and you wouldn’t give me one.” Mickey realizes he did screw up and he should have treated Rocky better. As, he’s walking out, Rocky is screaming about his hardships and how he’s tried. After that moment, Rocky realizes he needs Mickey’s help. Mickey can be that father figure or that mentor that he needs to succeed. Someone who can encourage him and show him the ropes. A father can help a child mature into the person the child wants to be, much like Mickey helping Rocky mature into the boxer he was meant to be. Redeeming himself and proving to Mickey he’s got what it takes.

Originally, I was going to write about the scene where Rocky reaches the top of the stairs after he’s been training so diligently. It seemed a little too cliche for me and I wanted to find a scene where I can dig deeper on the matter. But to conclude on one of the biggest sensations for Rocky, he realized he could do it here, he could make it. He had fufilled his yearning to put his talent into use.(rocky’s road…pun intended)


Wait and Hope

“…the sum of all human wisdom will be contained in these two words: Wait and Hope.”


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Disabled and Dedicated

In the book The Count of Monte Cristo, there is a character is who is grandfather and he is completely paralyzed and communicates through blinking. A “yes” is one blink and a “no” is two blinks. When I read about this, it made me think of people who REALLY do live like this. I couldn’t imagine living with this type of disability, I’m sure it’s tough at first and it’s something that can be very challenging. However, there are many people who have overcome their disabilities/paralysis. It just shows that pretty much anything IS possible. It’s very uplifting to read about these people and see what they have accomplished.
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Anger Towards Your Family

I’m sure a lot of people get frustrated with their family or even get into fights and arguements. To me… it’s normal. Not to say it’s okay though. When you’re born, you’re born into a family or adopted into one. You don’t have a say who your family members are going to be or how they’re going to treat you as a child. You could get the nicest aunt in the world or the meanest. It’s if you let their behavior affect you or not and whether you choose to do something about it or leave it be.

You can get as angry as you want and do something you’ll regret

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or you can take a second, chill out, and decide how you’re going to ignore it, change the things that make you angry, or confront your family member.


A few things that may help are going to family therapy, walking away from the situation, saying VERY politely that they offended you or that you don’t appreciate the way they’re acting, literally I will kill people with kindess and it makes my sister feel so guilty and she apologizes. So that’s just one way I handle things and ignoring really does it. But all in all it’s very important to stay on good terms with your family or close friends because the reason they’re in your life is to be involved in your life, they help you and comfort you when you’re going through a rough time and without them, you have no emotional support.


The Park

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