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->''"The part that was the most interesting in ''Hidden Fortress'' was that it was told from the point of view of the farmers, and not from the point of view of the princess. I liked that idea."''
-->-- '''GeorgeLucas'''

''Kakushi Toride no San Akunin'' (approximately "Three Bad Men of the Hidden Fortress") was Creator/AkiraKurosawa's first widescreen film. The film is a JidaiGeki with an interesting twist: rather than concentrating on TheHero, the film instead focuses on a [[ThoseTwoGuys pair of bickering peasants]], with none of the other major characters putting in an appearance until twenty minutes or so in. Once the audience's sympathies have been firmly attached to the peasants, the [[KnightInShiningArmor Hero]], the RebelliousPrincess, and the rest of the film's major characters begin to show up. From then on, it's a series of hairbreadth escapes as the protagonists have to travel through enemy territory to reach safety.

This film is best known in the West for the idea of focusing on the peasants at first; this storytelling tool provided the inspiration for [[StarWars two droids named R2-D2 and C-3P0]].
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!! This Film Provides Examples Of:
* AttemptedRape: Kinda disturbing since Tahei and Matashichi regularly make passes at 16-year-old Princess Yuki and even draw straws while [[DudeShesLikeInAComa she's asleep]] to see who will "have some fun". It's played for laughs.
* AutomatonHorses: Actually the horses are treated respectfully, with the exception of the scene where Makabe jumps on a totally random horse and chases down some enemies without using the reins. But then, he's [[{{Badass}} just that good.]]
* {{Badass}}: Makabe Rokurota - no surprise here, as he is played by ToshiroMifune.
* BigOlEyebrows: Princess Yuki, though hers are no match for those of Makabe Rokuruta as played by ToshiroMifune.
* BladeOnAStick: A really nifty duel with these.
* BodyguardCrush: Somewhat implied between the princess and Rokurota, though it's not clear who likes who. Not helped by Rokurota pretending that she's his woman.
* CombatByChampion: Nobody interferes in the duel between Makabe and Hyoe, even to letting the victor ride off unharmed.
* CrowdSong: At the fire festival, the huge crowds of celebrants are dancing with well-choreographed moves. Subverted, though, as the crowd has obviously practiced, and when our heroes join in, they're horribly out of step.
* FriendlyEnemy: Hyoe Tadokoro
* GiveMeASword: Makabe snatches spears from random soldiers until he finds a satisfactory one before fighting Hyoe.
* GrayRainOfDepression: The low point on the journey comes during a rainstorm.
* HappinessInSlavery: The farm girl that they buy off a pimp eventually becomes extremely protective of Princess Yuki.
* TheHero: Makabe Rokuruta, despite the peasants being the central characters.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Hyoe]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Makabe's sister Kofuyu, and the two elderly servants.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Tahei and Matashichi
* IAmSpartacus: Happens twice to protect the princess. Once with [[spoiler:Kofuyu]] who dies, and again with [[spoiler:the farm girl]] who lives.
* KabukiSounds: The score combines these with western-style film music.
* KingIncognito: Well, princess incognito.
* LargeHam: Princess Yuki, whose dialog comes in one flavor: ANGRY.
* LovableTraitor: The peasants will run for it at the first sign of danger, taking whatever gold they can manage, but still manage to redeem themselves.
* MobileShrubbery
* NoIndoorVoice: Princess Yuki, who manages to pull it off while avoiding {{Narm}}.
* NotAfraidToDie: [[spoiler:Princess Yuki]] becomes this towards the end, due to having an epiphany at the fire festival.
* PinballProtagonist
* PoseOfSupplication: When Tahei and Matashichi finally see the princess in full regalia.
* ProductionPosse: With the exception of the actress playing the princess, all of the major parts were played by actors who had long records of working with Kurosawa, some as far back as his very first picture as director, seventeen years earlier.
* RebelliousPrincess: Princess Yuki
* RefugeInAudacity: How does Rokurota get the gold concealed in the firewood past the checkpoint? By marching straight up to it and showing the samurai on guard one of the pieces of gold which he claimed to have found on the mountain- then he makes a fuss about getting them to give it back to him to distract the guards while the others hustle through with the rest of it.
* ReversePsychology: Makabe tries this on the Princess. She catches on, but goes along with it anyway.
* RightUnderTheirNoses: Sneaking by posing as woodcutters, with gold inside the wood.
* {{Samurai}}
* TheSpeechless: Princess Yuki pretends to be deaf-mute.
* SupportingProtagonist
* TastyGold
* TearsOfRemorse: At one point Princess Yuki runs away and stands on a mountaintop crying her eyes out for her friend's sacrifice, since she's too proud to let anybody see her vulnerable side.
* ThoseTwoGuys / VitriolicBestBuds: Tahei and Matashichi, naturally!
* TomboyPrincess: Princess Yuki was an only child raised as a boy by her father. It shows.
* TrappedBehindEnemyLines: In order to avoid a heavily guarded border crossing, our heroes have to venture into the heart of enemy territory.
* WhipItGood: The princess carries a horse whip.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Happens offscreen, but Hyoe is mutilated by his overlord.

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