Hidden Fortress, The
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Hidden Fortress, The

General info
Original title: Kakushi-Toride No San-Akunin (隠し砦の三悪人)
Country: Japan
Year: 1958
IMDB Rating: 8.1 12030 votes
Plot: The story follows two greedy peasants in feudal Japan, Tahei and Matashichi, who are returning home from a failed attempt to profit from a war between neighboring clans. En Route they encounter the remnants of the defeated tribe that consists, most notably, of a famous General and a Princess who are hiding out in a fortress in the mountains. General Rokurota Makabe and Princess Yuki need to escape into allied territory with their large supply of gold so that they can rebuild their shattered clan. To do this the Peasants are tricked into helping them, with the promise that they will receive a large share of the gold when the destination is reached. Along the way, the General's prowess is put to the test as he must guide the 4, and later 5 with the inclusion of a freed slave, through close encounters with the pursuing enemy, and out of difficult situations the bumbling peasants manage to get them into.
  • George Lucas has acknowledged the influence of The Hidden Fortress on Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, particularly in the technique of telling the story from the points of view of the film's lowliest characters, C-3PO and R2-D2.
  • Animation master Hayao Miyazaki has incorporated elements of The Hidden Fortress in his Princess Mononoke.
  • The movie won FIPRESCI Prize and Best Director for Akira Kurosawa on Berlin International Film Festival in 1959.
  • A remake entitled Kakushi Toride no San-Akunin: The Last Princess was directed by Shinji Higuchi and released on May 10, 2008.

Movie info
Language: Japanese
Colormode: Black and White
Running time: 127

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Filmmakers

Kurosawa, AkiraKUROSAWA Akira
director
KIKUSHIMA Ryuzo
writer
Hashimoto, ShinobuHASHIMOTO Shinobu
writer
Toho CompanyToho Company
studio
Persons

Cast

Mifune, ToshirôMIFUNE Toshirô
as General Rokurota Makabe
Uehara, Misa (I)UEHARA Misa (I)
as Princess Yuki
Chiaki, MinoruCHIAKI Minoru
as Tahei
Fujiwara, KamatariFUJIWARA Kamatari
as Matakishi
Shimura, TakashiSHIMURA Takashi
as The Old General, Izumi Nagakura
Fujita, SusumuFUJITA Susumu
as General Hyoe Tadokoro
MIYOSHI Eiko
as Old Lady-in-Waiting
HIGUCHI Toshiko
as Farmer's Daughter bought from slave trader
MITSUI Koji
as Guard
OHASHI Shiten
as Samurai
Ueda, KichijiroUEDA Kichijiro
as Slave Trader
SAWAMURA Ikio
as Gambler
NAKAMARU Tadao
as Young Man
OGATA Rinsaku
as Second Young Man
CHIBA Ichirô
as Yamana foot soldier (uncredited)
Fujiki, YuFUJIKI Yu
as Barrier guard (uncredited)
HIROSE Shoichi
as Yamana soldier (uncredited)
ITO Minoru
as Samurai on horseback (uncredited)
KANAZAWA Shigemasa
as Samurai on horseback (uncredited)
Katô, TakeshiKATÔ Takeshi
as Fleeing, bloody samurai (uncredited)
KODO Kokuten
as Old man in front of sign (uncredited)
KOSUGI Yoshio
as Akisuki soldier (uncredited)
KUMAYA Niyoshi
as Yamana foot soldier (uncredited)
KUZE Ryu
as Akitsuki soldier (uncredited)
NAGASHIMA Masayoshi
as Yamana samurai (uncredited)
NAKAJIMA Haruo
as Akisuki soldier (uncredited)
NISHIJO Etsuro
as Yamana samurai (uncredited)
OBUGAWA Takeo
as Guard at pass barrier (uncredited)
OGAWA Toranosuke
as Magistrate of the bridge barrier (uncredited)
OMURA Senkichi
as Soldier (uncredited)
OTOMO Shin
as Samurai on horseback (uncredited)
SADA Yutaka
as Guard at bridge barrier (uncredited)
Sakai, SachioSAKAI Sachio
as Captured foot soldier (uncredited)
SAKAMOTO Haruya
as Samurai on horseback (uncredited)
SATÔ Makoto
as Yamada foot soldier (uncredited)
SUZUKI Haruo
as Samurai on horseback (uncredited)
Tajima, YoshifumiTAJIMA Yoshifumi
as Potential slave buyer (uncredited)
TANI Akira
as Captured foot soldier (uncredited)
TOMITA Nakajiro
as Potential slave buyer (uncredited)
TSUCHIYA Yoshio
as Samurai on horse (uncredited)
YAMAGUCHI Hiroyoshi
as Samurai on horseback (uncredited)



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