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Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general. (imdb) Add Synopsis In Portuguese
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"The Hidden Fortress" is the film directed by Kurosawa with the lightest and funniest, most profound and poetic tone. Although there is a lot of comedy, mostly provided by the peasants, "The Hidden Fortress" still has all the power and uniqueness that all genres of movies.
Without saying a word the protagonist has all of her attention even interpolating a princess is not a damsel in danger in the movie. In any American or British film of the 1950s, it would have been nothing more than that.
The peasant characters of Tahei and Matakishi are more than a comic relief. The story is told from their point of view, and they are essentially heroes, but they do nothing but complain. They are greedy and selfish. These are not characteristics that would normally be used for a hero, it's almost like a satire but Kurosawa makes them sympathetic to the public. Some people said that this movie needed more action. I think the action he has is more than enough. The chase scene leading up to the General's meeting remains one of the best sequels in the film. Choreography holds steady in most fight scenes, yet far from perfect, and still heads the kind of struggles that have become tedious and repetitive. Overall a worthwhile film, being able to be the center of attention without speaking almost nothing is a feat that only the "master" Kurosawa could do.
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