The Hidden Fortress (1958)

AKIRA KUROSAWA

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

Original title:  Kakushi Toride No San Akunin

Japan, 1958.  Screenplay by , , , Akira Kurosawa.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Akira Kurosawa.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa.  Podcast:  My Criterions.  

Critics have often told audiences that this rich adventure is the perfect place to start if you have little or no experience with foreign films, probably because it closely resembles American westerns and is the movie that Star Wars was based on. It is also a marvelous epic film by master Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa and probably his most enjoyable film. It begins with two bickering slaves (later to become droids) who are assigned to escort an endangered princess (have you caught up yet?) to safety with the help of a samurai warrior ( setting up for Han Solo). Their endless trek across feudal Japan makes for ecstatic entertainment.

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