The Hidden Fortress

The Hidden Fortress ★★★★

"He's got a great face on him", my mum said of Toshiro Mifune. I would agree, mother. I would agree.

However, as great, and especially memorable, as he is, I won't forget the performances of Minoru Chiaki and Kamatari Fujiwara, the peasants. They're enjoyable comic relief, and I can just imagine Japanese audiences in 1958 howling with laughter at them.

The Hidden Fortress is, as many other reviewers describe it, light-fare for a Kurosawa. It makes a change, if you feel like a less serious tone from his usual epics. Kurosawa is no doubt a flexible film-maker - a great asset to any arsenal.

I'm one step further to completing his filmography... (you've got to do the same, you won't regret it.)

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