The Hidden Fortress

The Hidden Fortress
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Ryan

One of the major sources of inspiration for Star Wars and in my opinion, this one is better. The Hidden Fortress ranks among Kurosawa's most thoroughly enjoyable works, even though it has a scene condoning attempted date rape.

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James

Genuine question here: how do you see any any of these scenes condoning "attempted date rape"? The possible subject of the attempt was defended by another character threatening to cave in the perpetrator's head with a rock and the sequence doesn't play out as sympathetic to the ...Read more

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Edward

Mifune's character riding on horseback with both hands clasping his samurai sword pointed toward the heavens as he chases down two villains is worth the price of admission on its own.

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Christopher

Starts slowly and the peasants never really clicked for me but once good old Toshiro Mifune shows up this makes its way to top-tier Kurosawa (which for my money would be Sanjuro, Ran, No Regrets for Our Youth, and Dreams...and Seven Samurai, which I haven't seen in forever and can't really ...Read more

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