The Hidden Fortress

The Hidden Fortress

The Hidden Fortress

Classic Japanese adventure from legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, made four years after the masterful Seven Samurai. The film was a huge influence on George Lucas and the creation of Star Wars.

Set in feudal Japan, the tale follows Tahei and Matashichi, two peasants who encounter a couple hiding out in a fortress with a massive supply of gold. In desperate need of help, the man and the woman ask the two greedy peasants for help to cross over to allied territory, promising a share of the gold for their assistance. But unknown to Tahei and Matashichi, their new companions are actually a famous General and a Princess.

1958Rating: PG, Low level violence133 minsJapanJapanese with English subtitles
AdventureDramaWorld Cinema

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

A long, interesting, humor-laden picture of medieval Japan.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Essentially a superficial film and that Kurosawa, for all his talent, is as prone to pot-boiling as anyone else.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Arthouse classics aren't usually as welcoming and entertaining as this.

The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

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.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Somewhat overshadowed by the likes of Seven Samurai, this is a vigorously played and meticulously staged adventure. It's not quite top drawer, but it still ranks among the best of Kurosawa's minor masterpieces.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

A long, interesting, humor-laden picture of medieval Japan.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Essentially a superficial film and that Kurosawa, for all his talent, is as prone to pot-boiling as anyone else.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Arthouse classics aren't usually as welcoming and entertaining as this.

The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

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.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Somewhat overshadowed by the likes of Seven Samurai, this is a vigorously played and meticulously staged adventure. It's not quite top drawer, but it still ranks among the best of Kurosawa's minor masterpieces.

4.0

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