Quick-Thoughts: Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress (1958)

Akira Kurosawa Binge Part V of IX

So, this is the movie that inspired Star Wars, huh? Makes…a lot more sense than I expected it to. 

The Hidden Fortress is nothing exceedingly impressive coming from Akira Kurosawa, but it is well worth the watch. The eventful adventure flick is an innocuous tale of two peasants who come across a swordsman that must protect a mysteriously important woman. While it is mildly defective in its spiteful narrative, it still labors as a lucid experience, especially considering that you’re likely to go in knowing what grand films it generated because of its quintessential existence.

Verdict: B-

Akira Kurosawa Ranked 

“The Hidden Fortress” is now available to stream on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and The Criterion Channel.

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