Nothing is going to beat the original Kurosawa film.For me,that film had class written all over it,and it was a hugely enjoyable film too.
This remake doesn't come anywhere near the original,but I still enjoyed it nonetheless.It is indeed,the same story,with some slight updates included.
For a start,the two new peasant characters,have changed a little.They're both still greedy,but one of them acts much better than his friend,whose only concern is his greed.
He is of course,one of the heroes in the story,who races to save the princess,when she falls into the bad guys clutches.You didn't see that in the original!There,the two peasants tried to cash in on a reward,with information on the princess!
The Samurai warrior assigned to protect the princess,was a bit of a bully I thought to start with.He uses threats on the two peasants,and doesn't appear to be a human being at all.
Having said that,he is defending the life of the princess,so must be pretty ruthless at times to do so,especially from the two scheming peasants.At this time,they don't know the identity of the princess,as she's masquerading as a boy.How they got away with that for so long,was beyond me!:)Bottom line with the Samurai bodyguard,is that he is one of the good guys.Although it takes him a while to act like one!
It was interesting to compare the two princess characters,and the two Japanese actresses who played them,had a lot of merit.They were both headstrong,yet kind and humane.I think the more modern princess,just has the edge for me.She shows a lot of guts,and apologises sincerely to the main peasant character for deceiving him.This helps him to try and get them safely to their destination,but of course,the bad guys are never far behind.
I'm waffling on a bit,and will admit this is a well below cheesey review!However,its not bad,and is good fun to watch.
Well,that was my opinion anyway.:)