The Hidden Fortress (1958)

Not Rated   |    |  Adventure, Drama

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Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general.



  • Toshirô Mifune in The Hidden Fortress (1958)
  • Minoru Chiaki and Kamatari Fujiwara in The Hidden Fortress (1958)
  • Misa Uehara in The Hidden Fortress (1958)
  • The Hidden Fortress (1958)
  • Toshirô Mifune and Misa Uehara in The Hidden Fortress (1958)
  • Toshirô Mifune and Susumu Fujita in The Hidden Fortress (1958)

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Akira Kurosawa


Ryûzô Kikushima, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Akira Kurosawa

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26 December 1998 | PureCinema
| A different kind of Kurosawa film
Those who think that Kurosawa could only direct dramatic films need to see The Hidden Fortress. It is an exiting, funny, and extremely entertaining adventure film. George Lucas cites The Hidden Fortress as the prime inspiration for the Star Wars films.

Two cowardly soldiers Tahei (Minoru Chiaki) and Matashichi (Kamatari Fujiwara) flee from a battle. The two then set up camp for the night, but soon they discover a bar of gold next to their camp. The two begin fighting over it, but before they can decide who gets it, a mysterious man called Rokurota (Toshiro Mifune) appears. He asks the two to help him transport a wagon full of gold and the Lady Yukihime (Misa Uehara) across enemy lines so that they can establish their kingdom again.

This film is a blast and is filled with plenty of action and humor. A departure from Kurosawa's usual dramatic films, but excellent cinema nonetheless.

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