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The Hidden Fortress (kakushi-toride No San-akunin)
Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress (original Japanese title: Kakushi Toride No San Akunin) stars Minoru Chiaki and Kamatari Fujiwara as a pair of misfit soldiers. Running from the enemy after a disastrous defeat, the two soldiers fall in with general Toshiro Mifune, who is in search of a huge cache of gold. Mifune is also desirous of freeing princess-in-exile Misa Uehara from the clutches of the evil victorious army. Several large and small battles ensue before Mifune can realize his goal. If the plot of Hidden Fortress sounds vaguely familiar to you, try this exercise: substitute two… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Essentially a superficial film and that Kurosawa, for all his talent, is as prone to pot-boiling as anyone else."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"For all its scale, it is at its heart a "nerd" comedy"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"An immaculately staged bit of escapist entertainment that should not get lost among Kurosawa's more celebrated works."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"a masterpiece of composition, atmosphere, and subtext."
‑ Paul Brenner,
"[An] exciting adventure epic."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"By introducing comedy into the mixture and telling the tale from an atypical perspective, Kurosawa has differentiated The Hidden Fortress from nearly every similar feudal era Japanese epic ever committed to the screen. This is a masterpiece."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Mifune shines and invigorates what remains secondary Kurosawa (less rewarding than Throne), but a solid primal adventure in its own right."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film International
"Kurosawa stages every scene with an eye toward screen-filling spectacle, [...] But he's also concerned with the characters' journey, and how they change-or don't-along the way."
‑ Keith Phipps, The Dissolve
"I enjoyed The Hidden Fortress as I do all of Kurosawa's movies...for those wonderful, keenly felt moments of life in harmonious balance with the world surrounding it"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"No Star Wars fan should miss this suspiciously familiar samurai epic."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Kurosawa was drawing influence from American directors like John Ford, so its an enjoyable film, but sometimes the movies that influenced a generation of filmmakers lose some of their luster because they've been borrowed from so many times."
‑ Eric Melin,
"The play of light and dark elements in what's arguably Akira Kurosawa's most broadly appealing and entertaining picture...explores a dichotomy of the idiocy of greed and the rewards of sacrifice. [Criterion Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Highly entertaining comical samurai film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Why don't we have a Kurosawa altar at which to worship? After all, this is one temple I'd actually attend."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Kurosawa reminds us that he really is the best Samurai movie director ever ... There are many laugh out loud moments, and the film also bears some of Kurosawa's finest action sequences."
‑ Brian Mckay,
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