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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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Another Masterpiece of Master Akira Kurosawa See more (84 total) »


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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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Akira Kurosawa's first widescreen film.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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20 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Another Masterpiece of Master Akira Kurosawa, 12 August 2005
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In the Sixteenth Century, in Japan, Tahei (Minoru Chiaki) and Matakishi (Kamatari Fujiwara), two rascals and greedy peasants, are trying to return to the city of Akizuki through Hayakawa, after an unsuccessful attempt of making money with the war between the clans of Yamana and Akizuki. While warming themselves in a fire, they find gold with the symbol MT. Suribachi of the Akizuki hidden in the firewood, and they decide to search for other branches. Tahei and Matakishi meet General Rokurota Makabe (Toshirô Mifune), who is secretly protecting Princess Yukihime (Misa Uehara), and without knowing their identities, they accept to escort and help them in the transportation of the gold through the enemy lines to Akizuki.

"Kakushi toride no san akunin" is a delightful movie, indeed another masterpiece of master Akira Kurosawa. The screenplay is amazingly wonderful, having action, comedy and code of honor. Toshirô Mifune is perfect in the role of the samurai that is assigned to protect his princess no matter the cost of the life of his young sister; Minoru Chiaki and Kamatari Fujiwara are hilarious in the role of two greedy rascals, ready to betrayal, cheat and risk their miserable lives for gold, and responsible for the funniest moments along the story; the very gorgeous Misa Uehara is stunning in the role of a princess, showing personality and a very noble behavior. Summarizing, it is a perfect movie, with fantastic locations and costumes and magnificent choreography of fights. I intended to use the saying "Hide stones among stones, men among men" said by Makabe to the peasants as the title of my review, but I noted that another IMDb user had the same idea. I read on the cover of the DVD that George Lucas inspired his franchising "Star Wars" in this movie. This was the first time that I watched "Kakushi toride no san akunin", which was unknown for me, and I really recommend it to any audience. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "A Fortaleza Escondida" ("The Hidden Fortress")

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