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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
Etsurô 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 Higata

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
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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 Yamasaki  (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)
Yôichi Matsue .... assistant director
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
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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:U | Germany:12 (re-rating) (2005) | 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?

In an interview for the Criterion collection DVD, George Lucas stated that while this film is a story about a princess and her protectors that this was not the primary element that he employed in Star Wars (1977). He stated that he was more concerned with the way that Hidden Fortress is told through the eyes of two lesser characters. In Hidden Fortress it is the two thieves; in Star Wars it is C3PO and R2D2. In both films the comical interplay between the two characters is a major theme.See more »
Factual errors: In the opening sequence the two villagers see a soldier killed by cavalry. Within moments the soldier is stiffened with a hand in the air, despite the fact that it takes hours for rigor mortis to set in.See more »
[first lines]
Tahei:Get away from me! You stink of dead bodies!
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21 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Waiting for Rokurota, 27 July 2003
Author: slimjack ( from Elmira, NY

The Hidden Fortress is a fine movie that deserves better than to be remembered as the inspiration for Star Wars. Two more dissimilar movies would hard to be imagined. The peasants bear a striking resemblance to Vladimir and Estragon in their infighting, negotiable affection for each other and their seeming inability to make any real progress toward any goal whatsoever. They are truly a venal pair, loveable only in their humanity and humor.

I saw The Hidden Fortress on the Criterion DVD. Beautiful print but no commentary outside of a brief interview with George Lucas distancing himself from the film's alleged influence on Star Wars. It would have been nice to hear interviews with surviving cast and crew or a knowledgeable historian. Criterion also made a terrible choice in not translating more of the credits. Only Kurosawa and Mifuni had the honor of an English translation. Surely Misa Uehara, Minoru Chaiki and Kamatari Fujiwara deserve to have their names known to we who lack basic Japanese. The Princess and the peasants help make this movie what it is. I gripe too much though. Without Criterion (and Netflix)I would not have been able to see this movie at all.

Again, The Hidden Fortress is a great movie that also happens to be great fun. Highly recommended

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