The Hidden Fortress

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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. read more
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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.

Original Release

12/28/1958

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Cast

Takashi Shimura The Old General, Izumi Nagakura
Minoru Chiaki Tahei
Misa Uehara Princess Yuki
Kamatari Fujiwara Matashichi
Susumu Fujita General Hyoe Tadokoro
Eiko Miyoshi Old Lady-in-Waiting
Toshiko Higuchi Farmer's Daughter bought from slave trader
Yû Fujiki Barrier guard
Yoshio Tsuchiya Samurai on horse
Kokuten Kôdô Old man in front of sign
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Akira Kurosawa

Writers

Ryûzô Kikushima, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Akira Kurosawa

Cast

Takashi Shimura The Old General, Izumi Nagakura
Minoru Chiaki Tahei
Misa Uehara Princess Yuki
Kamatari Fujiwara Matashichi
Susumu Fujita General Hyoe Tadokoro
Eiko Miyoshi Old Lady-in-Waiting
Toshiko Higuchi Farmer's Daughter bought from slave trader
Yû Fujiki Barrier guard
Yoshio Tsuchiya Samurai on horse
Kokuten Kôdô Old man in front of sign
Takeshi Katô Fleeing, bloody samurai
Kôji Mitsui Guard
Toranosuke Ogawa Magistrate of the bridge barrier
Kichijirô Ueda Slave Trader
Nakajirô Tomita Potential slave buyer
Yoshifumi Tajima Potential slave buyer
Ikio Sawamura Gambler
Senkichi Ômura Soldier
Sachio Sakai Captured foot soldier
Makoto Satô Yamada foot soldier

Producers

Editors

Akira Kurosawa

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