Quick Movie Reviews
Indyfreak - wrote on 04/03/2020
Akira Kurosawa's acclaimed epic demonstrates his keen eye for cool visuals and staging solid action scenes. It's too bad I don't really care about the characters that much. Toshiro Mifune is kind of cool as the samurai warrior safeguarding the princess (who's a real brat by the way). But the true stars of the movie are these greedy peasants who are more annoying than funny. Reportedly George Lucas was inspired by this movie to make Star Wars. That's the more entertaining version of this story by a long shot.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 08/06/2011
One of Kurosawa's best films and certainly one of his most entertaining. The film skillfully balances action sequences (see the realistic and ponderous duel scene) with lighthearted comedy. It's also fun to watch this film and point out similarities to Star Wars, since Lucas admittedly borrowed a lot from the Hidden Fortress.
Alex - wrote on 04/06/2007
A stunningly beautiful black and white movie with very high contrast and sweeping camera angles. I enjoy this movie the best of all of Kurosawa films because of the personalities of the peasants. If you look closely, you can see the beauty.
Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/25/2007
Another top-notch action film from Akira Kurosawa. While not as sweeping as some of his other epics, Hidden Fortress still holds wonder and adventure for all those who watch it.