THE HIDDEN FORTRESS
Director: Akira Kurosawa Run Time: 139 min. Release Year: 1958 Language: Japanese
Starring: Kamatari Fujiwara, Minoru Chiaki, Misa Uehara, Susumu Fujita, Toshirō Mifune
A grand-scale adventure as only Akira Kurosawa could make one, The Hidden Fortress stars the inimitable Toshiro Mifune as a general charged with guarding his defeated clan’s princess (a fierce Misa Uehara) as the two smuggle royal treasure across hostile territory. Accompanying them are a pair of bumbling, conniving peasants who may or may not be their friends. This rip-roaring ride is among the director’s most beloved films and was a primary influence on George Lucas’s Star Wars. The Hidden Fortress delivers Kurosawa’s trademark deft blend of wry humor, breathtaking action, and compassionate humanity.