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Widely remembered as the film that inspired George Lucas’s Star Wars, The Hidden Fortress is one of Akira Kurosawa’s most popular works, a thrillingly choreographed and cleverly written tale of chivalry and greed in medieval Japan, featuring Toshiro Mifune as a weary general in charge of protecting a princess (Misa Uehara).
In one of the many classic collaborations between director Akira Kurosawa and his leading man Toshirô Mifune, this 1958 film tells the story of a warrior and a princess trying against all odds to return to their homeland with their fortune. Along the way, they are simultaneously assisted and thwarted by two itinerant and not too bright farmers with their own designs on the treasure, giving the story a subtle comic bent. The Hidden Fortress combines an epic tale of struggle and honor with modern comic sensibilities, creating a masterful addition to world cinema. --Robert Lane --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A 1958 action/adventure film that inspired one of the greatest American films of all time. An influential drama about two greedy peasants who are misfit soldiers of a defeated... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mike Moses
After losing a war, an old warrior, two bumbling theives, and peasant girl try to help a princess escape to an allied clan to rebuild her nation. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2013 by Nigel
Granted, Kurosawa's mediocre is any other director's masterpiece, but still, I thought this 1958 effort fell somewhat short. Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by brewster22
I enjoyed this movie immensely...simply because I judged it on its own merit. While its an adventure with a bit of action and drama it is mostly comedy Kurosawa style. Read morePublished on March 15 2004
Kurasawa's "Hidden Fortress" is often hailed as "the inspiration for 'Star Wars.'" While perhaps that's a little overstated, Kurasawa definitely had a lot of... Read morePublished on March 11 2004 by karltonwrites
Somehow Kurosawa always manages to imbue his films with an artistry that surpasses the often straightforward (but not simplistic) plots. The Hidden Fortress is no exception. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by Kurosawa Fan
Protected by her closest general but trapped in enemy territory, a young princess is aided by two hapless farmers. Read more
Another solid film from the Japanese master Kurosawa. Watch for the ceremony that happens near the end of the movie. I didn't know they had ceremonies like that in Japan!Published on Dec 31 2003 by Dhaval Vyas