The Hidden Fortress

The Hidden Fortress

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A story of rival clans, hidden gold and a princess in distress, The Hidden Fortress is a thrilling blend of fairy tale and samurai action. It was Kurosawa's first film shot in the widescreen process of Tohoscope and he exploited this, to the full, in the film's rich variety of outdoor locations, including on the slopes of Mount Fuji. The film became the director's biggest box office hit of his career to date and won several major international awards, including the Golden Bear at the 1959 Berlin Film Festival. Some twenty years on, the film's influence would have an even greater impact on cinema history when director George Lucas borrowed elements of the story for the first film in his Star Wars series.
Starring Toshirō Mifune, Misa Uehara, Minoru Chiaki
Director Akira Kurosawa