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The Hidden Fortress

  • Film
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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.
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Release Details

  • Duration:123 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Akira Kurosawa
  • Screenwriter:Ryuzo Kikushima, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Akira Kurosawa
  • Cast:
    • Toshiro Mifune
    • Misa Uehara
    • Takashi Shimura
    • Susumu Fujita
    • Eiko Miyoshi
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