The Hidden Fortress

The Hidden Fortress ★★★★★

What I personally adored about The Hidden Fortress this duo of peasants who don't happen to be the brightest of the bunch causing rather hilarious situations. They try to find a safe way back home as they abandoned their duties as soldiers. Later the duo stumbles upon hidden pieces of gold and the legendary samurai, Rokurota Makabe. They decide to work together and come up with a plan as they are being promised a part of the gold that they would carry along. Unknowingly, they get involved in a mission to escort the princess of Akizuki Clan home safely. We experience the journey through different perspectives, which makes this film even more unique and a joy to watch. Kurosawa's right-hand and legendary actor Toshiro Mifune, who played Rokurota Makabe, in particular left an impression on me. I genuinely believe that man was born to play a Samurai.

Even George Lucas, director of  Star Wars, has publicly acknowledged the major influence The Hidden Fortress had on movies. Especially characters such as C-3PO and R2-D2. Akira Kurosawa's classic The Hidden Fortress should be at least once in a lifetime. It basically lays a foundation for grand epic adventures.

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