The Hidden Fortress

The Hidden Fortress ★★★★★

Hide a stone among stones and a man among men.
-Rokurota Makabe

Probably the Akira Kurosawa film with the less meaning that I've ever seen and it's still amazing. The film is simply less art-house and more action/adventure, but when it ends up being this epic you can't hold that against it.

Kurosawa's first film in Tohoscope (widescreen) and the results are gorgeous. There are scenes were every inch of the frame has something of interest in it while not seeming staged. There's also other scenes that end up being so dynamic just because of where the camera was placed.

There's also several incredible sequences like the stone staircase massacre and the horseback chase/fight just to name a few. It's like the film comes in waves. It has quiet moments that make it feel like a small intimate film that then builds into epic moments like an incredibly choreographed duel with spears.

It goes without saying that Toshirô Mifune is great in this as well. So to repeat a phrase that is nothing new to anyone about this or several other movies... this is an amazing film directed by Akira Kurosawa and staring Toshirô Mifune

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