The Hidden Fortress

The Hidden Fortress ★★★★★


I’ve always heard that George Lucas was inspired by The Hidden Fortress while he was making Star Wars, and after watching Yojimbo, I thought that he stole the exact same story and just put it in a different setting like Sergio Leone did, but I was glad to find out that The Hidden Fortress and Star Wars have way more differences than similarities. Many of the links between these two movies come from the characters, as General Rokurota, Princess Yuki, and Matashichi and Tahei all served as the bases for Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia, and C-3P0 and R2-D2, although I liked these characters a lot more in The Hidden Fortress.

For those who haven’t seen an Akira Kurosawa movie yet, I definitely recommend starting with this one, because The Hidden Fortress is the most fun and accessible movie that I’ve seen from Kurosawa’s filmography so far. I’d also consider it to be Akira’s funniest movie, as the bumbling duo of protagonists, Matashichi and Tahei, provide some great comic relief. I was really surprised to come out of The Hidden Fortress realizing that it is one of Kurosawa’s best movies, even if I still consider Ran to be his undefeated masterpiece.

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