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Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune

Mifune as the foreground of the forest
Mifune as the foreground of the forest

Mifune with forest as a background
Mifune with forest as a background

General Rokurota Makabe (Toshiro Mifune)
General Rokurota Makabe (Toshiro Mifune)

General Hyoe Tadakoro (Susumu Fujita)
General Hyoe Tadakoro (Susumu Fujita)

Only one of the generals is fighting to kill – the other one is using the fight not in order to kill or wound or humiliate the opponent but to cure him from the militancy complex (from believing that combat is a way to settle human problems). The duel is the biggest episode in “Hidden Fortress” because Kurosawa is staging the fight with a lot of psychological information about what fighters feel and think during the fight. Kurosawa transforms the psychology of the fighter we see analyzed inside the psychology of the fight into the psychology of a peaceful conflict negotiation, and elaborates a concept how to use military force for anti-war purposes.

Posted Sep 5 2009 –   Akira Kurosawa’s “Hidden Fortress” (1958) – Kurosawa’s Instructions to the Heads of States (Episode of a Duel between two Generals)  by Acting-Out Politics