The Hidden Fortress

1958

Adventure / Drama

2
IMDb Rating 8.1

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139 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by The_Void 8

Legendary director Akira Kurosawa has made a lot of great films, many of which have gone on to inspire whole areas of cinema. While Hidden Fortress doesn&#39;t represent his best, most influential or most important work; it&#39;s definitely an important movie in film history in it&#39;s own right, and besides that, it&#39;s a damn good movie to boot. I was most surprised at the amount of comic relief present in the movie. When watching a Kurosawa film, I always expect it to be a serious affair; so the comedy in this movie made for a surprise, which was, on the whole, a good surprise as like most things in Kurosawa&#39;s films; it works. The film has become most famous recently for the many parallels that it has with the masterpiece &#39;Star Wars&#39;, and it has become well documented that this film was a major influence on said movie, which is shown most clearly by the fact that a lot of the story is shown through the eyes of two bumbling people that aren&#39;t all that relevant to the central plot, and the style of editing; which George Lucas adopted many times in his epic trilogy.<br/><br/>The plot follows a princess who must be escorted across enemy lines by her general. Two greedy peasants join the escort on the promise of a reward of gold. Like Star Wars, the plot here is relatively simple; and it&#39;s the way that the story is portrayed, not the story itself, that makes this movie great. Despite it&#39;s simplicity, Kurosawa gives it the style of an epic; and it really feels like one. Kurosawa regular, Toshir? Mifune heads a great ensemble cast; all of which do well in their roles. Kurosawa had a great talent for pulling great performances out of everyone in his films, and he shows that talent excellently here. The cinematography is excellent, and the master director has managed to capture some truly stunning landscapes, which serve in adding beauty to the picture. This film is, of course, in black and white; and that is Kurosawa at his best in my opinion. While I loved &#39;Ran&#39; and it&#39;s vibrant colours, black and white allows Kurosawa to blend atmosphere into his films, and they&#39;re always the better for it. On the whole, Kurosawa is a genius - and this is one of his best films.

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Reviewed by PureCinema 10

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.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>This film is a blast and is filled with plenty of action and humor. A departure from Kurosawa&#39;s usual dramatic films, but excellent cinema nonetheless.

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Reviewed by unbend_5440 10

The Hidden Fortress is the Kurosawa film with the lightest tone. It&#39;s almost the most mainstream and entertaining. So for those who may have found other Kurosawa films to be too deep and poetic (if this applies to you, you&#39;re a fool) you&#39;ll be more likely to enjoy this. Even though there&#39;s a lot of comedy, mostly provided by the peasants, The Hidden Fortress still has all the power and uniqueness that all Kurosawa films have.<br/><br/>There are some amazing locations used. The rock slide provided for some real amusement. Toshiro Mifune gives a much more toned down and subtle performance than we normally see from him. What Mifune offers in Hidden Fortress is true screen presence. Without even saying a word he has your full attention. I love how Kurosawa plays the characters as well. The Princess is not a damsel in distress. In any American or British film of the 50s, she would have been nothing more than that. In this she&#39;s quiet for most of the movie, but then she&#39;ll come out of nowhere and show more power and confidence than The General. The peasant characters of Tahei and Matakishi are more than comic relief. They are primarily used for a laugh, but I thought there characters were unique as well. The story is told from their point of view, and they are essentially heroes, yet they do nothing but complain. They&#39;re greedy and selfish. These aren&#39;t characteristics that would normally be used for heroes, but Kurosawa makes them likeable to the audience. Some people have said this movie needed more action. I think the action it has is more than enough. The chase scene that leads into The General&#39;s encounter with his nemesis remains one of the best sequences Kurosawa ever Directed. The choreography in the swordfight holds up against most of The Seven Samurai&#39;s fight scenes, and it still tops the type of fights that have become tedious and repetitive in modern day movies. That fight is a great example of how to nail the Hero vs. Villain energy. Akira Kurosawa can do no wrong.

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