The Hidden Fortress

The Hidden Fortress


隠し砦の三悪人
Kakushi Toride No San Akunin
Three Villains of the Hidden Fortress

Director Akira Kurosawa
Producer Sanezumi Fujimoto
Tomoyuki Tanaka
Screenplay Ryuzo Kikushima
Hideo Oguni
Shinobu Hashimoto
Akira Kurosawa
Photography Ichio Yamazaki
Art Yoshiro Muraki
Sound Fumio Yanoguchi
Hisashi Shimonaga
Lighting Ichiro Inohara
Music Masaru Sato
Production Companies Toho
Release Date December 28, 1958
Runtime 139 minutes
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隠し砦の三悪人
Kakushi Toride No San Akunin
Three Villains of the Hidden Fortress

Staff
Director Akira Kurosawa
Producer Sanezumi Fujimoto
Tomoyuki Tanaka
Screenplay Ryuzo Kikushima
Hideo Oguni
Shinobu Hashimoto
Akira Kurosawa
Photography Ichio Yamazaki
Art Yoshiro Muraki
Sound Fumio Yanoguchi
Hisashi Shimonaga
Lighting Ichiro Inohara
Music Masaru Sato
Info
Production Companies Toho
Release Date December 28, 1958
Runtime 139 minutes

Two peasants, Taichi and Matashichi, are caught up in the war between the Akizuki and Yamana clans. Akizuki was soundly defeated by Yamana, it’s castle left in ruins. The peasants narrowly escape slavery under Yamana, and flee into the mountains. There they discover a stash of gold concealed in wooden logs. They also meet Rokurota, a bullish samurai, who claims that the gold is part of Akizuki’s reserve fortune. The peasants, eager to make off with a share of the gold, suggest that they transport it through Yamana and circle around to the neighboring province of Hayakawa. Rokurota is pleased with their plan and recruits them to help transport the gold. Rokurota is in fact the legendary former general of Akizuki. He is also safeguarding Princess Yuki, the last surviving member of the Akizuki royal family. The princess and the gold are vital to rebuilding the Akizuki clan after it was decimated by Yamana, and they must be safely delivered to Hayakawa.

Yuki, disguised and posing as a mute, joins Rokurota and the two peasants on their journey. They safely enter Yamana, but the Yamana soon learn of their incursion. Rokurota, while defending the party from enemy soldiers, encounters his old friend Tadokoro, now a general with Yamana. They duel, and Rokurota defeats Tadokoro, but refuses to slay him afterwards. They escape and partake in the Yamana peasants’ fire festival. To avoid suspicion, Rokurota pushes the cart of wood containing the gold into the fire, much to the chagrin of Taichi and Matashichi. Yuki, meanwhile, revels in the song and dance of the common folk. In the early morning hours, they return to the festival site to retrieve the gold, but are closely pursued by the Yamana army.

The next night, the party is surrounded by Yamana. Taichi and Matashichi manage to escape but Rokurota and Yuki are captured. Tadokoro returns to identify the captives, revealing that he was sorely beaten by his superior for losing to Rokurota in their earlier duel. Tadokoro bears a grudge against Rokurota for the shame he caused him. Yuki, meanwhile, remains composed and dignified, singing the peasants’ song she learned at the fire festival. In the morning, Tadokoro has a change of heart and allows Rokurota and Yuki to escape, and joins them as they flee into Hayakawa. The horses carrying the gold are freed as well, and are soon found by Taichi and Matashichi, who are in turn apprehended by Hayakawa soldiers. Now safe in Hayakawa, Yuki reveals herself as a princess to the two peasants and offers them a small reward for their troubles, which they agree to share.

製作
Producer
藤本真澄
Sanezumi Fujimoto

黒澤明
Akira Kurosawa
脚本
Screenplay
菊島隆三
Ryuzo Kikushima

小国英雄
Hideo Oguni

橋本忍
Shinobu Hashimoto

黒澤明
Akira Kurosawa
撮影
Photography
山崎市雄
Ichio Yamazaki
美術
Art
村木与四郎
Yoshiro Muraki
録音
Sound
矢野口文雄
Fumio Yanoguchi

下永尚
Hisashi Shimonaga
照明
Lighting
猪原一郎
Ichiro Inohara
音楽
Music
佐藤勝
Masaru Sato
美術監修
Art Supervision
江崎孝坪
Kohei Ezaki
監督助手
Assistant Director
野長瀬三摩地
Samaji Nonagase
特殊技術
Developing
東宝技術部
Toho Laboratory
製作担当者
Production Manager
根津博
Hiroshi Nezu
出演者
Performers


三船敏郎
Toshiro Mifune

千秋実
Minoru Chiaki

藤原釜足
Kamatari Fujiwara

藤田進
Susumu Fujita

志村喬
Takashi Shimura

上原美佐
Misa Uehara

三好栄子
Eiko Miyoshi

樋口年子
Toshiko Higuchi

藤木悠
Yu Fujiki

土屋嘉男
Yoshio Tsuchiya

高堂国典
Kuninori Kodo

加藤武
Takeshi Kato

三井弘次 (松竹)
Koji Mitsui (Shochiku)

小川虎之助
Toranosuke Ogawa

上田吉二郎
Kichijiro Ueda

富田仲次郎
Nakajiro Tomita

田島義文
Yoshibumi Tajima

沢村いき雄
Ikio Sawamura

大村千吉
Senkichi Omura

堺左千夫
Sachio Sakai

佐藤允
Makoto Sato

小杉義男
Yoshio Kosugi

谷晃
Akira Tani

佐田豊
Yutaka Sada

笈川武夫
Takeo Oikawa

中丸忠雄
Tadao Nakamaru

熊谷二良
Jiro Kumagai

広瀬正一
Shoichi Hirose

西条悦朗
Etsuo Saijo

長島正芳
Masayoshi Nagashima

大橋史典
Fuminori Ohashi

大友伸
Shin Otomo

伊藤実
Minoru Ito

鈴木治夫
Haruo Suzuki

金澤重勝
Shigekatsu Kanazawa

日方一夫
Kazuo Hinata

中島春雄
Haruo Nakajima

久世竜
Ryu Kuze

千葉一郎
Ichiro Chiba

砂川繁視
Shigemi Sunakawa

緒方燐作
Rinsaku Ogata

山口博義
Hiroshi Yamaguchi

坂本晴哉
Haruya Sakamoto
香取神道流
Katori Shinto Style
杉野嘉男
Yoshio Sugino
大日本弓馬会武田流
Dainippon Yuma Kai Association Takeda Style
金子家教
Kakyo Kaneko

遠藤茂
Shigeru Endo
振付
Choreography
県洋二
Yoji Ken

日劇ダンシングチーム
Japan Theater Dancing Team

東宝芸能学校
Toho Entertainment School
監督
Director
黒澤明
Akira Kurosawa