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The Hidden Fortress

The Hidden Fortress

Director: Akira Kurosawa Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Misa Uehara, Kamatari Fujiwara

Blu-ray (Special Edition / Wide Screen / Restored)

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Overview

Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress (original Japanese title: Kakushi Toride No San Akunin) stars Minoru Chiaki and Kamatari Fujiwara as a pair of misfit soldiers. Running from the enemy after a disastrous defeat, the two soldiers fall in with general Toshiro Mifune, who is in search of a huge cache of gold. Mifune is also desirous of freeing princess-in-exile Misa Uehara from the clutches of the evil victorious army. Several large and small battles ensue before Mifune can realize his goal. If the plot of Hidden Fortress sounds vaguely familiar to you, try this exercise: substitute two robots for Chiaki and Fujiwara, Mark Hamill for Mifune, and Carrie Fisher for Uehara. George Lucas himself admitted that Hidden Fortress was a principal inspiration for his Star Wars saga; stretching the point farther, both Hidden Fortress and Star Wars had their roots in John Ford's The Searchers. Originally released in a 137-minute form, The Hidden Fortress was sliced to ribbons by its American distributors, and years later received extensive restoration.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/29/2016
UPC: 0715515174718
Original Release: 1958
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:19:00
Sales rank: 194

Special Features

New 2k digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack Alternate 3.0 surround soundtrack preserving the original Perspecta simulated stereo effects, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio New Audio Commentary by film historian Stephen Prince, author of The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa Documentary from 2003 on the making of the film, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create Interview from 2001 with filmmaker George Lucas about Kurosawa Trailer Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Catherine Russell

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Toshiro Mifune Gen. Rokurota Makabe
Misa Uehara Lady Yukihime
Kamatari Fujiwara Matashichi
Minoru Chiaki Tahei
Susumu Fujita Gen. Hyoe Tadokoro
Takashi Shimura The Old General, Izumi Nagakura
Eiko Miyoshi Lady-in-waiting
Toshiko Higuchi The Farmer's Daughter
Kichijiro Ueda Girl-Dealer
Koji Mitsui Soldier
Tadao Nakamaru Young Man
Ikio Sawamura Gambler

Technical Credits
Akira Kurosawa Director,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Masumi Fujimoto Producer
Shinobu Hashimoto Screenwriter
Ryuzo Kikushima Screenwriter
Yoshiro Muraki Production Designer
Hideo Oguni Screenwriter
Masaru Sato Score Composer
Kazuo Yamazaki Cinematographer
Fumio Yanoguchi Sound/Sound Designer

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The Hidden Fortress 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great movie that inspired Star Wars, highly recommended even if you're not a fan of black and white films.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A total classic. Like with most Kurosawa films, it feels epic in size with likable characters. Also, you can easily see the basis for Han Solo, Princess Leia, and the Droids.
TurboChick More than 1 year ago
Masterful and you do see in what areas Star Wars was inspired by. I love the way Kurosawa plays with like and amazing camera angles. Such a great story
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