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The Hidden Fortress

Opens on April 21

Director: Akira Kurosawa Run Time: 139 min. Format: 35mm Film Release Year: 1958 Language: Japanese

Starring: Kamatari Fujiwara, Minoru Chiaki, Susumu Fujita, Toshirō Mifune

A grand-scale adventure as only Akira Kurosawa could make, 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. – Janus Films

In Japanese with English subtitles

Double Feature with THRONE OF BLOOD


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