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Hidden Fortress [1958] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Toshirô Mifune, Misa Uehara, Minoru Chiaki, Kamatari Fujiwara, Susumu Fujita
  • Directors: Akira Kurosawa
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Mar. 2002
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000060NZA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,495 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Winner of the Best Director Award at the 1959 Berlin Film Festival, this film is regarded by many to be one of Akira Kurosawa's finest and has been acknowledged by George Lucas as the principle inspiration for 'Star Wars'. Set in 16th century Japan, the story centres on rival clans, hidden gold and a princess in distress. Tahei (Minoru Chaiki) and Matashichi (Kamatari Fujiwara) are two cowardly soldiers on the run from an advancing enemy army. As they search the country for a cache of secret gold, they join forces with Rokurota Makabe (Toshiro Mifune), a samurai warrior who is escorting a fiesty princess (Misa Uehara) through enemy territory. The mismatched travellers then have to fight a number of battles before they finally come within sight of their goal.

Japan | 1958 | black & white | Japanese language with English subtitles | 138 minutes | Ratio 2.35:1 in anamorphic 16x9 format

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In one of the many classic collaborations between director Akira Kurosawa and his leading man Toshirô Mifune, this 1958 film tells the story of a warrior and a princess trying against all odds to return to their homeland with their fortune. Along the way, they are simultaneously assisted and thwarted by two itinerant and not-too-bright farmers with their own designs on the treasure, giving the story a subtle comic bent. Acknowledged by George Lucas as the inspiration for Star Wars (note the similarities, especially the comic duo who are the models for R2D2 and C3PO), Hidden Fortress combines an epic tale of struggle and honour with modern comic sensibilities, creating a masterful addition to world cinema. --Robert Lane, Amazon.com

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