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A grand-scale adventure as only the great Akira Kurosawa could make one, The Hidden Fortress stars the inimitable Toshiro Mifune as a brave general charged with guarding his defeated clan’s princess (a fierce Misa Uehara) as the two smuggle royal treasure across hostile territory in war-torn feudal Japan.
“A major influence on Star Wars, The Hidden Fortress is Kurosawa’s most fun film.” – Mike D’Angelo, AV Club
Accompanying them on their perilous journey is a pair of bumbling, conniving peasants who may or may not be their friends. This gorgeous, rip-roaring ride – Kurosawa’s first widescreen film – is a breathlessly-paced and highly-entertaining epic that was a major influence on the creation of George Lucas’ original 1977 Star Wars. One of the legendary director’s most beloved films, The Hidden Fortress delivers Kurosawa’s trademark blend of wry humor, breathtaking action and compassionate humanity. (Dir. by Akira Kurosawa, 1958, Japan, in Japanese with subtitles, 126 mins., Not Rated)