The Hidden Fortress

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

The movie that confirmed Kurosawa's greatest strength, his innovative handling of genre. It's set amid the civil wars of 16th century Japan, and concerns samurai Mifune escorting a princess and two oafish peasants through enemy territory. Kurosawa's treatment is part traditional (the plotting, the concept, the use of Noh theatre music), part eclectic (there are reminiscences of John Ford Westerns), and part truly idiosyncratic (the Shakespearean contracts between clowns and heroes). It was clearly only a small step from this to the delights of Yojimbo and Sanjuro.

By: TR


Release details

123 mins

Cast and crew

Akira Kurosawa
Ryuzo Kikushima, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Akira Kurosawa
Toshiro Mifune
Misa Uehara
Takashi Shimura
Susumu Fujita
Eiko Miyoshi
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