The Hidden Fortress DVD

Akira Kurosawa, 1958


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Film Details

Directed by Akira Kurosawa

Produced in 1958

Main Language - JAPANESE with English subtitles

Countries & Regions - Asian Film, Japanese Film

Film Description

Set in the clan wars of 16th century Japan, a solitary Samurai escorts a young fugitive princess on the run through enemy territory. Treatment is part traditional (Noh theatre) and part eclectic (John Ford) resulting in a stirring action adventure which inspired Star Wars.

DVD Details

Certificate: PG

Publisher: BFI

Length: 138 mins

Aspect ratio: Widescreen

Format: DVD B&W

Region: 2

Released: 25th March 2002

Cat No: BFIVD506

Subtitles: English

DVD Extras

  • Interview with George Lucas about Kurosawa and The Hidden Fortress.

Community Reviews

by Anon on 19th February 2002

Unlike the claustrophobic reality of Stray Dog, 1958's The Hidden Fortress is the closest Kurosawa came to fairy tale. Japan in the 16th century is ripe with civil war... Read on


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