The Hidden Fortress

The Hidden Fortress ★★★★★

Spectacular Kurosawa adventure. Toshiro Mifune is at his best. This was Kurosawa's first widescreen film and the compositions are unbelievable. His work remains fresh, exciting, and enjoyable. There are many great sequences -- but my favorite is where Mifune chases down fleeing enemy soldiers on horseback and ends up in the middle of their camp. He faces down a hundred soldiers, duels with a familiar foe, and rides out untouched. Timeless, masterful filmmaking.

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