The Hidden Fortress (1958)

Dir. Akira Kurosawa

Kurosawa just doesn’t seem capable of making a bad film. Even a so-so film like an effective story–one that inspired Star Wars. The film involves two bungling peasants who want to return home after joining an army. They put the journey on hold when they find gold in a valley. In the process, they run into a general (Toshiro Mifune) and a princess, the last of her clan, fleeing from the enemy. Thus begins a long journey to get the princess to safety. The story develops in satisfying ways, only to be spoiled (or at least I thought so). Still, the moving is entertaining, except for those scenes that linger a bit too long.

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