Watch: 隠し砦の三悪人 1958 123movies, Full Movie Online – The story follows two greedy peasants in feudal Japan, Tahei and Matashichi, who are returning home from a failed attempt to profit from a war between neighboring clans. En Route they encounter the remnants of the defeated tribe that consists, most notably, of a famous General and a Princess who are hiding out in a fortress in the mountains. General Rokurota Makabe and Princess Yuki need to escape into allied territory with their large supply of gold so that they can rebuild their shattered clan. To do this the Peasants are tricked into helping them, with the promise that they will receive a large share of the gold when the destination is reached. Along the way, the General’s prowess is put to the test as he must guide the 4, and later 5 with the inclusion of a freed slave, through close encounters with the pursuing enemy, and out of difficult situations the bumbling peasants manage to get them into..
Plot: Japanese peasants Matashichi and Tahei try and fail to make a profit from a tribal war. They find a man and woman whom they believe are simple tribe members hiding in a fortress. Although the peasants don’t know that Rokurota is a general and Yuki is a princess, the peasants agree to accompany the pair to safety in return for gold. Along the way, the general must prove his expertise in battle while also hiding his identity.
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A different kind of Kurosawa film
Those who think that Kurosawa could only direct dramatic films need to see The Hidden Fortress. It is an exiting, funny, and extremely entertaining adventure film. George Lucas cites The Hidden Fortress as the prime inspiration for the Star Wars films.
Two cowardly soldiers Tahei (Minoru Chiaki) and Matashichi (Kamatari Fujiwara) flee from a battle. The two then set up camp for the night, but soon they discover a bar of gold next to their camp. The two begin fighting over it, but before they can decide who gets it, a mysterious man called Rokurota (Toshiro Mifune) appears. He asks the two to help him transport a wagon full of gold and the Lady Yukihime (Misa Uehara) across enemy lines so that they can establish their kingdom again.
This film is a blast and is filled with plenty of action and humor. A departure from Kurosawa’s usual dramatic films, but excellent cinema nonetheless.
Kakushi-toride no san-akunin: Mostly enjoyable
Directed by the legend that was Akira Kurosawa this is another of his samurai epics, but not his finest work.
It tells the story of two peasants who find themselves teaming with a princess and her general who are actively being sought by the military. With copious amounts of gold on the line they are motivated to stick with them despite the dangers.
Well shot, well acted and with all the usual quality you’d expect from a Toho/Kurosawa movie it’s an enjoyable journey that runs into more than a few bumps.
The film has an alarming amount of comedy to it which is an odd fit, the content is very tame and the entire movie could pass for a U rating and some of the characters intended to be protagonists are less than likeable.
Toshirô Mifune leads and is great as always, Takashi Shimura is totally wasted, Kamatari Fujiwara plays the fool SO well it’s always entertaining and Misa Uehara makes me wish she’d had a better career.
This is certainly a Kurosawa epic and I’d never try to take away from that, I just have a few gropes that I cannot get over.
Some unlikeable characters
Things I Learnt From This Movie:
Back in those days gold was considerably lighter
A pirouette is a common motion after being shot
Original Language ja
Runtime 2 hr 19 min (139 min), 2 hr 6 min (126 min) (USA), 1 hr 54 min (114 min) (1959) (Finland), 1 hr 50 min (110 min) (cut) (Sweden)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Action, Adventure, Drama
Director Akira Kurosawa
Writer Ryûzô Kikushima, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto
Actors Toshirô Mifune, Misa Uehara, Minoru Chiaki
Awards 4 wins & 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Laboratory Tokyo Laboratory Ltd., Tokyo, Japan
Film Length 3,020 m (Sweden, cut version), 3,500 m (1959) (Finland), 3,453 m (export version), 3,802 m (Japan)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Tohoscope (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format Digital (Digital Cinema Package DCP), 35 mm