THE THREE VILLAINS OF THE HIDDEN FORTRESS (the hidden fortress; kakushi toride no san akunin) (1958 JAPAN) D/W/P: AKIRA KUROSAWA W: SHINOBU HASHIMOTO/RYUZO KIKUSHIMA P: SANEZUMI FUJIMOTO
It`s loyal Toshiro Mifune`s job to escort his wanted clan`s stubborn Princess (Misa Vehara) through enemy territory to rebuild their empire with the help of much sought after hidden gold that he must carry. He enlists the help of two greedy, comic relief peasants (Minoru Chiaki and Kamatari Fujiwara) to carry the treasure (hidden in stacks of wood). A true classic of cinema, the story is engrossing, the characters are great, the b/w photography (by Kazuo Yamsaki) is top notch and Kurosawa`s at the top of his form. One that deserves it`s reputation. With Takashi Shimura, Susumu Fujita, Eiko Miyoshi, Kichijiro Ueda, Ikio Sawamura and Tadao Nakamura. George Lucas based STAR WARS on it. Badly remade 50 years later.

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