The Hidden Fortress

1958 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa

The Hidden Fortress is a 1958 film about two greedy peasants, lured by gold, who escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general.

Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Written by Shinobu Hashimoto, Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa, and Hideo Oguni.

General Rokurota MakabeEdit

  • Hide a stone among stones and a man among men.

Princess YukiEdit

  • What you make of another's kindness is up to you.


  • Matashichi? Let's stay friends in Heaven, too.


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!

[the two men rest against a wall of dirt from digging in the hidden fortress, Matashichi's leg over Tahei's. Tahei kicks it away]
Tahei: What are you doing? Don't touch me, fool! It's uncomfortable enough.
Matakishi: [Kicks Tahei's leg] It's your face that makes me uncomfortable.
Tahei: Leave my face alone!
[He starts blinking the sweat away profusely]
Matakishi: I hate the way you blink all the time.
[Tahei continues blinking]
Matakishi: There you go again.
Tahei: Shut up! Put your filthy teeth away!
[He begins prodding at Matashichi with an oar]
Tahei: Show them to me once more and I'll bash them in!
[Matashichi lunges with a fork, its prongs landing right near Tahei's head. Tahei starts blubbering]
Tahei: I'm quitting! This is idiotic! I dig and dig and nothing!

Tahei: [Holding onto Matashichi as the escaping, rioting prisoners run past] Matashichi, this is hell!
Matakishi: Let's die together.

Tahei: If we want to get rid of him, now's our chance.
Matakishi: Shhh.
[He points at Princess Yuki sitting right behind them]
Tahei: Don't worry. She's mute.
Matakishi: She's mute but she can hear.
Tahei: You idiot. A mute can't speak because they're deaf.

[last lines]
Tahei: [hands Matakishi a piece of gold] You take this.
Matakishi: No, you keep it.
Tahei: But...
Matakishi: Don't worry about it.
[they both laugh]


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