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The Hidden Fortress

Friday, June 14, 2024
Masters of Japanese Cinema The Hidden Fortress 1958 Rated: NR Run Time: 139 mins Adventure 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. (allmovie.com: Hal Erickson) Will call tickets may be picked up at The Cary Box Office beginning one hour prior to the movie.