Le Maître Akira KUROSAWA avec ce film, est au sommet de son "ART". Éblouissant, Majestueux. Le film est à la fois une comédie dramatique, comique, théâtrale. Du grand cinéma d'auteur! Un film à couper le SOUFFLE. KUROSAWA restera le MAITRE. Merci pour cet héritage.
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.
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.
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.
Samurai epic is not one of Akira Kurosawa's best, but is still a very entertaining comic adventure. Strong performances, tense expertly-staged action scenes, and stunning visuals - but it's overlong and not as tightly-paced as some of his other masterpieces.