Mifune est écrasant de charisme sous la caméra virtuose de Kurosawa. Quelle présence ! Les autres acteurs n'ont pas à le jalouser: Chiaki et Fujiwara sont drôles et touchants et Uehara est stupéfiante.
Du duel de lances à la danse du feu en passant par l'ascension des deux paysans sur la montagne de pierres blanches, tout est sublime. Kurosawa, quel maître !
Everything about this wonderful film screams Kurosawa. The beautiful landscapes and locations really are something to gawk at and this film does an extremely well job of portraying the Japan of the times. The influence on Star Wars should be apparent to fans, and it's an added fun bonus making correlations throughout the movie. For any fan of Kurosawa, Japan, or great stories, this is a MUST see.
Another Kurosawa masterpiece; this guy pretty much invented the modern action/adventure film. The Hidden Fortress is both the best place to start for a Kurosawa neophyte and a great watch for those already inducted. It's warm, humorous, suspenseful, and features some memorable characters. As usual the cinematography and battle scenes are thrilling, and there's never a dull moment to be had.
Kurosawa is beyond perfect. Watch his films and learn how to tell a story with all elements... And at the same time, comprehensible for all people. Hidden Fortress is no exception: A perfect tale full of action, humanity, humor, philosophy... Kurosawa was a true artist.
Gorgeously shot, wry and amusing, with all the beautiful, anti-authority bluster of Kurosawa's golden age work; in other words it is virtuoso Kurosawa, afforded the massive running time that only proven commercial success can justify. And it is the basis for "Star Wars"...
Difficult for me to rate a Kurosawa film. We have, of course, what is for me the endlessly tiresome mincing and mugging of the players in concert w/ this peerless exploitation of the CinemaScope frame (here being used by Akira-san for the first time). Ultimately, though, there is nothing more chaste than a Kurosawa film, and I am a hot-blooded dude. The Hidden Fortress is basically a children's movie.
A princess with great legs wearing a short, two droids called Matakishi and Tahei, Japanese people dancing dionysically around a bonfire, a screenplay - how to discreetly cross the enemy lines with a general wishing to remain incognito and a load of gold - stolen from John Ford. Cinema feeds on its own ashes. Highly recommended.