The Hidden Fortress

The Hidden Fortress


A story of rival clans, hidden gold and a princess in distress, The Hidden Fortress is a thrilling mix of fairy story and samurai action movie. It was Kurosawa's first film shot in the widescreen process of Tohoscope, and he exploited this to the full in the film's rich variety of landscape locations, including the slopes of Mount Fuji. The Hidden Fortress became Kurosawa's biggest box-office hit to date and won several awards, including the Golden Bear at the1959 Berlin Film Festival. Some twenty years on, the film's influence would have even greater impact on world box-offices, when George Lucas borrowed its plot for the first of his Star Wars series.

Special Features

- Interview with George Lucas about Kurosawa and The Hidden Fortress

Technical Specs

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Year: 1958
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Duration: 138 min
Colour: B/W
Certificate: PG
Alternate Title: Kakushi Toride No San Akunin