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The Hidden Fortress

July 6 at 3:30
East Building Auditorium

The Japanese chanbara eiga (swordplay film) that inspired George Lucas to create Star Wars, The Hidden Fortress (Kakushi Toride no San-Akunin) tells the action-packed tale of a princess traveling through enemy terrain accompanied by a warrior and two ragtag comrades. The wittiest of Akira Kurosawa’s samurai films, The Hidden Fortress stars Toshirō Mifune who, in addition to his fabled movie actor reputation, was also a skilled horseman; he easily mastered the horseback combat sequences. Period swordplay films set in feudal Japan mixed folklore with melodrama and were created for a market seeking rousing entertainment. (Akira Kurosawa, 1958, 35mm, subtitles, 139 minutes)

©1958 courtesy Toho Co., Ltd.

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