The Hidden Fortress
release year:1958 genre:samurai viewing setting:home DVD, 4/22/00 what I expected:wasn't sure what I got:yet another reminder that samurai movies are really hard to appreciate for those not brought up in that sort of culture
synopsis:Two bumbling fools end up allied with a great warrior and a princess as they try to smuggle themselves and a fortune in gold from one province to another.
impressions:I tried...I really tried to pay attention and follow this. It just didn't happen. Half the time, I had little or no idea what was going on, who the characters were, and why they were doing whatever they were doing. I have no doubt that this (and many other similar movies) are epics - and there's no doubt that they're well-made and -acted - but these movies just don't ENTERTAIN me.
acting:Pretty good, I suppose, though it didn't help me enjoy the movie that much more.
final word:For fans of the genre only.
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