The Hidden Fortress
The Hidden Fortress ★★★½ Kakushi Toride No San Akunin; Three Rascals in the Hidden Fortress; Three Bad Men in the Hidden Fortress 1958
Kurosawa's tale of a warrior who protects a princess from warring feudal lords. An inspiration for George Lucas' “Star Wars” series and deserving of its excellent reputation. In Japanese with English subtitles. 139m/B VHS, DVD . JP Toshiro Mifune, Misa(ko) Uehara, Kamatari (Keita) Fujiwara, Susumu Fujita, Eiko Miyoshi, Takashi Shimura, Kichijiro Ueda, Koji Mitsui, Minoru Chiaki, Toshiko Higuchi, Shiten Ohashi; D: Akira Kurosawa; W: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Ryuzo Kikushima, Hideo Oguni; C: Kazuo Yamazaki; M: Masaru Sato. Berlin Intl. Film Fest. ‘59: Director (Kurosawa).