The hidden fortress

The hidden fortress

DVD - 2009 | Japanese
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The story of an exiled princess, a masterful warrior, and two bungling misfits in search of gold.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, ©2009
Branch Call Number: JAPANESE ENGLISH HID
Characteristics: 1 DVD (139 min.)

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mercipourleslivres
May 01, 2018

Two peasants on grave-digging duty stumble across the general of a fallen clan, along with a disguised princess and a cache of gold. The film (which later inspired George Lucas’ Star Wars) follows the mismatched group as they make their way across enemy territory, each with their own plans concerning the treasure.

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Raconteur
Apr 04, 2018

A Kurosawa gem. A must see for all writers and directors. The perfect example of the Hero's Journey in a story with a Samurai set to protect a Princess on an incredible adventure with two bumbling thieves. Yeah, it sounds familiar because George Lucas said he was influenced ny parts of this film when writing his own adventure classic — "Star Wars: A New Hope." Mifune is brilliant as always.

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mbraik
Jan 23, 2018

A bit distraught from the lack of success of his last two films which he deemed heavy and tragic, Akira Kurosawa took a new tone with this movie stating: " I want to make a 100% entertainment film, full of thrills and fun ".

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SEELOCHAN BEHARRY
Dec 21, 2016

I enjoyed this interesting film. We can see the basic elements of the story that can form the basis of star wars. Kurosawa seems to always produce a provocative film on serious human questions or challenges. This one is the destruction of another clan/kingdom at all costs to attain domination. We still see this going on in all theaters of civil. ethnic, religious or national wars. Wherever one entity is threatened, total annihilation of 'the other' is pursued.
Seelochan Beharry

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ms_mustard
Aug 20, 2016

I believe I have said before in a comment on a Kurosawa movie - I am not a fan of the grimaced shouting!

of the 20 I have watched so far Ikiru continues to be my Kurosawa favourite with Dersu Uzala 2nd.

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jimg2000
Jul 20, 2016

After its final scene, I was sorry that there was no second DVD, just a pull out review insert by film historian Armond White (see write up in summary.). Love the story (action adventure comedy drama about a young princess, her loyal general and two greedy dimwits,) music score, pace, acting and non-stop humor. Great film by Japan's most important film maker 黒澤 明 in the 20th century.

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bradenbost
May 24, 2016

DO NOT watch this movie only because you heard that it inspired Star Wars. Here are the things from this movie that appear in Star Wars:

1. The thread of the story follows two bumbling, low-class characters that stumble into a much larger story.
2. Wipe transitions.
3. A strong female protagonist.

Now that we have that out of the way, you should watch this movie on its own merits. It's arguably too long, but still well made and well done.

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OpusTheFowl
Sep 27, 2015

A really good "must see" movie that only suffers from its length and editing.

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tj_is_cool
Feb 09, 2015

A very old Japanese movie but it is still entertaining. It is too long for my taste. Parts of the movie could have been cut.

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SmartAssAWhip
Oct 11, 2014

Another Akira Kurosawa film that needs to be seen by the unwashed masses who were enthralled by the western "versions", such as
in this case, Star Wars.

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jimg2000
Jul 20, 2016

The song from The Fire Festival: Yuki's song (see link to Youtube in Vidios":

The life of a man
Burn it in the fire
The life of an insect
Throw it into the fire
Ponder and you'll see
The world is dark
And this floating world is a dream
Lose yourself
The life of a man
Burn it in the fire

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jimg2000
Jul 20, 2016

I'm not biting. When you say right, I say left. I'm a handful. Very well. Let me use reverse psychology.
--Princess.
Just like you. All right. This once I will let you fool me. Otherwise your plan will be foiled.
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Hide a stone among stones and a man among men.
--Where will we hide the gold?
Leave it out in the open.
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I have enjoyed the journey. The happiness of these days I would have never known living in the castle.
I've seen people as they are, without pretense. I've seen their beauty... and their ugliness... with my own eyes. Rokurota, I thank you. I can now die without regret.

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jimg2000
Jul 20, 2016

Don't touch me, fool! It's uncomfortable enough.
--It's your face that makes me uncomfortable.
Leave my face alone. I hate the way you blink all the time. There you go again.
--Shut up! Put your filthy teeth away. Show them to me once more and I'll bash them in.
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We're not as stupid as you think. You thought you had us fooled, but we're not that gullible. I know your game.
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Fool!
--What are you saying, your Highness?
Kofuyu was 16... I am 16. What difference is there in our souls?
--It is our duty as servants. Kofuyu was honored...
Lies! If I were Kofuyu, I would curse this princess.

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jimg2000
Jul 20, 2016

-What's so funny, you idiot?
--It's all funny! First, we arrived late to the war. Then they mistook us for the defeated side and forced us to bury the dead. We finally escaped, and now it's been two days that we've only had water. But the funniest thing is your stupid crybaby face.
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There is 200 kan (貫) of pure gold hidden in this castle. Until you find it, you're no longer men but moles! So dig! Dig until you drop, moles!
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She is a great leader. Serve her well.
--Hyoe! Don't die in vain! If you wish, follow us!
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Hey! What's your name?
--Me? I'm Rokurota Makabe.
Rokurota Makabe? I've heard that name before. Makabe... Rokurota Makabe... Get out of here! Rokurota Makabe is a legendary Akizuki samurai general. You take us for fools.

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jimg2000
Jul 20, 2016

Full article at:
https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/117-the-hidden-fortress

Excerpt:
Best known as the major influence on George Lucas’ Star Wars, Akira Kurosawa’s 1958 The Hidden Fortress deserves recognition as a definitive cultural expression of Japan’s master filmmaker. After the international success of Rashomon (1952) and Seven Samurai (1955), Kurosawa abandoned his early interest in “gendai-mono” (modern-set pictures) and concentrated on “jidai-geki” (period-set pictures). For contemporary filmgoers, the term “jidai” should ring a bell suggesting knight-like chivalry, exotic adventure and historical myths from many ages. Those are exactly the elements Kurosawa began to emphasize in his medieval tales. Elaborating on his previous urban dramas, Kurosawa went back to early Japanese history, culminating in The Hidden Fortress’ fascinated concentration on basic moral themes.

For The Hidden Fortress Kurosawa devised a story both elaborate and simple ...

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