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Kakushi-toride no san-akunin
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Release Date:
6 October 1960 (USA) See more »
Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Toshirô Mifune ... General Rokurota Makabe

Minoru Chiaki ... Tahei

Kamatari Fujiwara ... Matashichi
Susumu Fujita ... General Hyoe Tadokoro

Takashi Shimura ... The Old General, Izumi Nagakura

Misa Uehara ... Princess Yuki
Eiko Miyoshi ... Old Lady-in-Waiting
Toshiko Higuchi ... Farmer's Daughter bought from slave trader
Yû Fujiki ... Barrier guard
Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Samurai on horse

Kokuten Kôdô ... Old man in front of sign
Takeshi Katô ... Fleeing, bloody samurai

Kôji Mitsui ... Guard
Toranosuke Ogawa ... Magistrate of the bridge barrier
Kichijirô Ueda ... Slave Trader
Nakajirô Tomita ... Potential slave buyer
Yoshifumi Tajima ... Potential slave buyer
Ikio Sawamura ... Gambler
Senkichi Ômura ... Soldier
Sachio Sakai ... Captured foot soldier
Makoto Satô ... Yamada foot soldier
Yoshio Kosugi ... Akisuki soldier
Akira Tani ... Captured foot soldier

Yutaka Sada ... Guard at bridge barrier
Takeo Oikawa ... Guard at pass barrier
Tadao Nakamaru ... Young Man
Takuzô Kumagai ... Yamana foot soldier (as Jirô Kumagai)

Shôichi Hirose ... Yamana soldier
Etsuo Saijô ... Yamana samurai
Masayoshi Nagashima ... Yamana samurai
Fuminori Ôhashi ... Samurai
Shin Ôtomo ... Samurai on horseback
Minoru Itô ... Samurai on horseback
Haruo Suzuki ... Samurai on horseback
Shigekatsu Kanazawa ... Samurai on horseback
Kazuo Hinata

Haruo Nakajima ... Akisuki soldier
Ryû Kuze ... Akitsuki soldier
Ichirô Chiba ... Yamana foot soldier
Shigemi Sunagawa
Rinsaku Ogata ... Second Young Man
Hiroyoshi Yamaguchi ... Samurai on horseback
Haruya Sakamoto ... Samurai on horseback

Directed by
Akira Kurosawa 
Writing credits
Ryûzô Kikushima (written by) &
Hideo Oguni (written by) &
Shinobu Hashimoto (written by) &
Akira Kurosawa (written by)

Produced by
Sanezumi Fujimoto .... producer
Akira Kurosawa .... producer
Original Music by
Masaru Satô 
Cinematography by
Kazuo Yamazaki  (as Ichio Yamazeki)
Film Editing by
Akira Kurosawa 
Production Design by
Yoshirô Muraki 
Costume Design by
Masahiro Katô 
Makeup Department
Yoshiko Matsumoto .... hair stylist
Junjirô Yamada .... hair stylist
Production Management
Hiroshi Nezu .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yoshimitsu Banno .... assistant director (as Yoshimitsu Sakano)
Yoichi Matsue .... assistant director (as Yôichi Matsue)
Samaji Nonagase .... chief assistant director
Ken Sano .... assistant director
Yasuyoshi Tajitsu .... assistant director
Masahiro Takase .... assistant director
Art Department
Kôhei Ezaki .... art supervisor
Kôichi Hamamura .... property master
Shinko Kato .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Ichirô Minawa .... sound effects editor
Yoshiro Miyamoto .... sound assistant
Hisashi Shimonaga .... sound mixer
Fumio Yanoguchi .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Sei Arai .... assistant lighting technician
Masao Fukuda .... still photographer
Ichirô Inohara .... lighting technician
Takao Saitô .... assistant camera
Daisaku Kimura .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Chozo Kobata .... negative cutter
Other crew
Shigeru Endo .... horseback riding instructor
Takushi Inoue .... production assistant (as Takuyuki Inoue)
Ienori Kaneko .... horseback riding instructor
Yoji Ken .... choreographer
Teruyo Nogami .... script supervisor
Kôichi Noguchi .... accountant
Yoshio Sugino .... swordplay instructor
Yûichi Yoshitake .... acting office
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kakushi-toride no san-akunin" - Japan (original title)
"Three Bad Men in a Hidden Fortress" - International (English title) (literal title)
"Three Rascals in the Hidden Fortress" - International (English title)
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139 min | USA:126 min | Finland:114 min (1959) | Sweden:110 min (cut version)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 (original rating) | Finland:K-11 (re-rating) | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 (re-rating) (2005) | Norway:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1994) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16 (original rating)
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Did You Know?

Misa Uehara, who played the princess, described her first makeup session involving Akira Kurosawa walking into the dressing room with a picture of Elizabeth Taylor, using it to explain what he was looking for in his princess with regards to makeup.See more »
Miscellaneous: During the opening scene, A soldier is being chased then killed by opposing soldiers on horseback. Ah he lays on the ground mortally wounded , and paralyzed in shock and pain, The soldiers on horseback spin and return back. As the first horse passes close by the soldier (for framing effect no doubt) you can see the rider attempting to rein back and to the right to slow the horse to avoid and barely misses the soldier on the ground. The following horse is not as restrained and kicks the soldier in the left ear area with his rear left leg. The soldier on the ground visibly reacts to getting kicked by reaching for his head for a split second before remaining in character for the rest of the shot.See more »
[first lines]
Tahei:Get away from me! You stink of dead bodies!
Matakishi:Give it up. We both stink of dead bodies. And it's all your fault!
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27 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Another epic journey from the master director, 11 July 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Legendary director Akira Kurosawa has made a lot of great films, many of which have gone on to inspire whole areas of cinema. While Hidden Fortress doesn't represent his best, most influential or most important work; it's definitely an important movie in film history in it's own right, and besides that, it's a damn good movie to boot. I was most surprised at the amount of comic relief present in the movie. When watching a Kurosawa film, I always expect it to be a serious affair; so the comedy in this movie made for a surprise, which was, on the whole, a good surprise as like most things in Kurosawa's films; it works. The film has become most famous recently for the many parallels that it has with the masterpiece 'Star Wars', and it has become well documented that this film was a major influence on said movie, which is shown most clearly by the fact that a lot of the story is shown through the eyes of two bumbling people that aren't all that relevant to the central plot, and the style of editing; which George Lucas adopted many times in his epic trilogy.

The plot follows a princess who must be escorted across enemy lines by her general. Two greedy peasants join the escort on the promise of a reward of gold. Like Star Wars, the plot here is relatively simple; and it's the way that the story is portrayed, not the story itself, that makes this movie great. Despite it's simplicity, Kurosawa gives it the style of an epic; and it really feels like one. Kurosawa regular, Toshirô Mifune heads a great ensemble cast; all of which do well in their roles. Kurosawa had a great talent for pulling great performances out of everyone in his films, and he shows that talent excellently here. The cinematography is excellent, and the master director has managed to capture some truly stunning landscapes, which serve in adding beauty to the picture. This film is, of course, in black and white; and that is Kurosawa at his best in my opinion. While I loved 'Ran' and it's vibrant colours, black and white allows Kurosawa to blend atmosphere into his films, and they're always the better for it. On the whole, Kurosawa is a genius - and this is one of his best films.

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