The Hidden Fortress

The Hidden Fortress ★★★½

Today I discovered Akira Kurosawa's more playful side in the form of two bumbling buffoons with a touch of gold fever! In fact the whole film is told from their point of view which gives not only a unique perspective but makes the film that much more accessible to those new to Kurosawa's cinematic genius! The concept of showing a film through the perspective of its lowest common denominator influenced George Lucas to the extent Star Wars was from the point of view of R2-D2 and C-3PO!

And on the more serious side we had the great Toshirô Mifune as the stoic general with a formidable swagger and the courage and wits to bring his princess and her cache of gold to the safety of another land!

I was quite impressed with Mifune's riding skills! It was the "look ma no hands" school of horseback riding that looked even more impressive with the mighty sword poised to strike down the enemy before him!

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