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The Hidden Fortress

Akira Kurosawa

 
The Hidden Fortress (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD

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  • Japan
  • 1958
  • 139 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #116

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.

Cast

General Rokurota MakabeToshiro Mifune
TaheiMinoru Chiaki
MatashichiKamatari Fujiwara
Hyoe TadokoroSusumu Fujita
Princess YukiMisa Uehara
Izumi NagakuraTakashi Shimura
Lady-in-waitingEiko Miyoshi
Slave girlToshiko Higuchi

Credits

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack preserving the original Perspecta simulated stereo effects, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • 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
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Catherine Russell

    New cover illustration by Vania Zouravliov, type by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

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The Hidden Fortress: Three Good Men and a Princess

By Catherine RussellMarch 18, 2014

In addition to technical brilliance and a humanist message, Akira Kurosawa’s adventure . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Hidden Fortress

By Armond WhiteMay 21, 2001

Best known as the major influence on George Lucas’ Star Wars, Akira Kurosawa’s 1958 The Hidden . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Hidden Fortress

By David EhrensteinOctober 12, 1987

One of the greatest action-adventure films ever made, The Hidden Fortress stands alongside the . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

The Magnetic Mifune

April 01, 2014


Interviews


Film Essays

Current_125_003_thumbnail

The Hidden Fortress: Three Good Men and a Princess

By Catherine RussellMarch 18, 2014

In addition to technical brilliance and a humanist message, Akira Kurosawa’s adventure . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Hidden Fortress

By Armond WhiteMay 21, 2001

Best known as the major influence on George Lucas’ Star Wars, Akira Kurosawa’s 1958 The Hidden . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Hidden Fortress

By David EhrensteinOctober 12, 1987

One of the greatest action-adventure films ever made, The Hidden Fortress stands alongside the . . . Read more »

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