Ben Daniels’s review published on Letterboxd:
"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.)