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The Hidden Fortress Details

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Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress (original Japanese title: Kakushi Toride No San Akunin) stars Minoru Chiaki and Kamatari Fujiwara as a pair of misfit soldiers. Running from the enemy after a disastrous defeat, the two soldiers fall in with general Toshiro Mifune, who is in search of a huge cache of gold. Mifune is also desirous of freeing princess-in-exile Misa Uehara from the clutches of the evil victorious army. Several large and small battles ensue before Mifune can realize his goal. If the plot of Hidden Fortress sounds vaguely familiar to you, try this exercise: substitute two robots for Chiaki and Fujiwara, Mark Hamill for Mifune, and Carrie Fisher for Uehara. George Lucas himself admitted that Hidden Fortress was a principal inspiration for his George Lucas saga; stretching the point farther, both Hidden Fortress and George Lucas had their roots in John Ford's George Lucas. Originally released in a 137-minute form, The Hidden Fortress was sliced to ribbons by its American distributors, and years later received extensive restoration. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:January 23, 1962

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Berlin International Film Festival Akira Kurosawa Silver Bear for Best Director 1959 Winner

Cast

Toshiro Mifune
as Gen. Rokurota Makabe
Misa Uehara
as Lady Yukihime
Kamatari Fujiwara
as Matashichi
Minoru Chiaki
as Tahei
Susumu Fujita
as Gen. Hyoe Tadokoro
Takashi Shimura
as The Old General, Izumi Nagakura
Eiko Miyoshi
as Lady-in-Waiting
Toshiko Higuchi
as The Farmer's Daughter
Kichijiro Ueda
as Girl-Dealer
Koji Mitsui
as Soldier
Tadao Nakamaru
as Young Man
Ikio Sawamura
as Gambler
Toshiko Higuchi
as The Farmer's Daughter
Kichijiro Ueda
as Girl-Dealer
Tadao Nakamaru
as Young Man
Koji Mitsui
as Soldier

Crew

Akira Kurosawa
Director
Akira Kurosawa
Producer
Masumi Fujimoto
Producer
Akira Kurosawa
Screenwriter
Hideo Oguni
Screenwriter
Shinobu Hashimoto
Screenwriter
Ryuzo Kikushima
Screenwriter
Masaru Sato
Composer (Music Score)
Akira Kurosawa
Editor
Yoshiro Muraki
Production Designer
Fumio Yanoguchi
Sound/Sound Designer
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