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The Hidden Fortress / Kakushi Toride No San-Akunin / The Wild Flight / Three Bad Men In A Hidden Fortress


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  The Hidden Fortress  / Kakushi Toride No San-Akunin / The Wild Flight / Three Bad Men In A Hidden Fortress Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
 
Average Rating
7.89 /10
 
Starring
Toshiro Mifune , Misa Uehara , Minoru Chiaki
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Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
Written by: Ryuzo Kikushima, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Akira Kurosawa

 
 
 
Released: 1958
   
Genre: ACTION
ADVENTURE
FOREIGN
   
Origin: Japan
   
Colour: BW
   
Length: 139
 
 


 
In mediaeval Japan, a beautiful princess (Misa Uehara) tries to escape an army with orders to execute her; she does so with the help of a general (Toshiro Mifune) and two squabbling farmers (Minoru Chiaki, Kamatari Fujiwara).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Exciting and humorous, this has proved a highly influential picture; its impact can clearly be seen on Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns, and George Lucas has admitted that The Hidden Fortress was the inspiration behind Star Wars. There's more than a touch of R2D2 and See-Threepio (not to mention Waiting For Godot ) in the relationship between the two cowardly farmers. But the influences are not all one way, from east to west; the scenic splendour owes no little amount to the great westerns of John Ford. The film shows off to the full Kurosawa's talent for action and scenic composition, and is adorned with excellent performances. The film won him Best Director at Berlin, in 1959.


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