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The Hidden Fortress (Kakushi-toride no san-akunin) (1958)

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Toshirô Mifune Toshirô Mifune
General Rokurota Makabe
Kamatari Fujiwara Kamatari Fujiwara
Matashichi
Susumu Fujita Susumu Fujita
General Hyoe Tadokoro
Takashi Shimura Takashi Shimura
The Old General, Izumi Nagakura
Misa Uehara Misa Uehara
Princess Yuki
Eiko Miyoshi Eiko Miyoshi
Old Lady-in-Waiting
Toshiko Higuchi Toshiko Higuchi
Farmer's Daughter bought from slave trader


Written by (View all)
Ryûzô Kikushima Ryûzô Kikushima
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Hideo Oguni Hideo Oguni
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A classic

9 years, 8 months ago at Jun 18 9:40
I can’t believe I haven’t seen any movies directed by Akira Kurosawa for such a long time. A few years ago, I was doing a good job and ended up watching 13 of his movies but, by now, it has been almost 10 years since I saw another one of his movies. It is a real shame but maybe I will pick it up again later on. Anyway, this flick is probably one of his most famous ones and therefore I was real... read more

A brilliant film. One of Kurosawa's best

3 weeks, 6 days ago at Jan 27 22:32
Only Hitchcock could make masterpieces more entertaining than Kurosawa. Both of these artists were masters at soaking their great entertainment with deep humanity and vice versa. Hidden Fortress is one of Kurosawa's most entertaining films a tiny step below Yojimbo. The serious issues are small, but there. Class issues are prevalent, although nowhere near as in depth as in The Seven Samurai. Every... read more
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Princess Yuki Akizuki is to be led through enemy territory, where she may rebuild her kingdom with gold that she has in her caravan. She is assisted by her trusted general, Rokurota Makabe, who insists that she masquerades as a mute farmer. Two minions, Tahei and Matashichi help unknowingly, as they believe they will get a piece of the gold if they help the princess attain her goals.
Release date: 6 October 1960
UPC: 037429135129
Tags: Samurai (11), Action (9), Japan (9), 1950s (9), Japanese (8), Comedy (6), 1958 (6), Adventure (6), Drama (5), Princess (4), Asian (4), Escape (4), Military (4), Kurosawa (4), Peasants (3), Greed (2), Reward. Gold (2), Japanese Cinema (2), Money (2), Journey (2)
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kyleslittlewor posted a review 3 weeks, 6 days ago

A brilliant film. One of Kurosawa's best

“Only Hitchcock could make masterpieces more entertaining than Kurosawa. Both of these artists were masters at soaking their great entertainment with deep humanity and vice versa. Hidden Fortress is one of Kurosawa's most entertaining films a tiny step below Yojimbo. The serious issues are small, but there. Class issues are prevalent, although nowhere near as in depth as in The Seven Samurai. Everyone in the film is wonderful.

This film contains Kurosawa's best cinematography in black and white, competing with The Bad Sleep Well. The new Criterion DVD is so outstandingly gorgeous it just blew me away. I wish I could afford it to own for myself! 10/10” read more

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