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Encyclopedia > The Hidden Fortress
隠し砦の三悪人
The Hidden Fortress

Original Japanese poster
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Produced by Sanezumi Fujimoto
Akira Kurosawa
Written by Shinobu Hashimoto
Ryuzo Kikushima
Akira Kurosawa
Hideo Oguni
Starring Toshirō Mifune
Misa Uehara
Music by Masaru Satô
Distributed by Toho Company Ltd.
Release date(s) Flag of Japan December 28 1958
Flag of United States October 6 1960
Running time 139 min.
Language Japanese
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The Hidden Fortress (Japanese: 隠し砦の三悪人, Kakushi toride no san akunin) is a 1958 film by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshirō Mifune as General Rokurota Makabe and Misa Uehara as Princess Yuki. A literal translation of the Japanese title is The Three Villains of the Hidden Fortress. Image File history File links Japanese poster of Hidden Fortress File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Akira Kurosawa , 23 March 1910—6 September 1998) was a prominent Japanese film director, film producer, and screenwriter. ... Akira Kurosawa , 23 March 1910—6 September 1998) was a prominent Japanese film director, film producer, and screenwriter. ... Shinobu Hashimoto (橋本 忍助手 Hashimoto Shinobu) (April 18, 1918-) was a Japanese screenwriter, director, producer, and frequent collaborator with Akira Kurosawa. ... Akira Kurosawa , 23 March 1910—6 September 1998) was a prominent Japanese film director, film producer, and screenwriter. ... Toshiro Mifune in Yojimbo. ... Misa Uehara (birth name Misako Uehara, born 26 March 1937 in Fukuoka, Japan) is the star of Japanese movies from the late 1950s, most notably as Princess Yuki in the Akira Kurosawa film The Hidden Fortress. ... Masaru Sato (May 29, 1928 – December 5, 1999) was a Japanese composer of film scores. ... The English-language version of Tohos famous logo, used from the early 1960s to the late 1990s. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan_(bordered). ... December 28 is the 362nd day of the year (363rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 3 days remaining. ... // Events February 16- In the Money is released on this date. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... October 6 is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years). ... See also: 1959 in film 1960 1961 in film 1950s in film 1960s in film years in film film // Events April 20 - for the first time since coming home from military service in Germany, Elvis Presley returns to Hollywood, California to film G.I. Blues August 10 - Filming of West... // Events February 16- In the Money is released on this date. ... Akira Kurosawa , 23 March 1910—6 September 1998) was a prominent Japanese film director, film producer, and screenwriter. ... Toshiro Mifune in Yojimbo. ... Misa Uehara (birth name Misako Uehara, born 26 March 1937 in Fukuoka, Japan) is the star of Japanese movies from the late 1950s, most notably as Princess Yuki in the Akira Kurosawa film The Hidden Fortress. ...

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Synopsis

The film begins with two luckless peasants, Tahei and Matashichi (Minoru Chiaki and Kamatari Fujiwara) escaping the aftermath of a battle. In a hidden valley, they meet and try to help General Rokurota Makabe (Toshirō Mifune), whose mission is to help and protect a princess. The peasants try to help but mostly impede his mission. They are later joined by a farmer’s daughter (Toshiko Higuchi), whom they acquire at an inn from a slave-trader, or procurer. Together, the five make an arduous and desperate trek through enemy territory, transporting a treasure of gold that the princess and the general hope to use to rebuild the princess's military to one day retake her land and rebuild her realm. In a detail of Brueghels Land of Cockaigne (1567) a soft-boiled egg has little feet to rush to the luxuriating peasant who catches drops of honey on his tongue, while roast pigs roam wild: in fact, hunger and harsh winters were realities for the average European in the... Minoru Chiaki (30 July [some sources say 28 April] 1917 - 1 November 1999) was a Japanese actor who appeared in such films as Akira Kurosawas Seven Samurai (as the good-natured samurai Heihachi) and The Hidden Fortress. ... Kamatari Fujiwara (藤原釜足 Fujiwara Kamatari) (January 1, 1905 - January 1, 1985) was a Japanese actor. ... Toshiro Mifune in Yojimbo. ... Inns are establishments where travellers can procure food, drink, and lodging. ... Slave redirects here. ... GOLD refers to one of the following: GOLD (IEEE) is an IEEE program designed to garner more student members at the university level (Graduates of the Last Decade). ...


Production

This was Kurosawa's first feature filmed in a widescreen format, Tohoscope, which he continued to use for the next decade. Hidden Fortress was originally presented with Perspectasound, which was re-created for the Criterion DVD release. The TohoScope logo, as seen before The Mysterians. ... Perspecta was a format of motion picture stereophonic sound, invented by the laboratories at Fine Sound Inc. ...


Influence

George Lucas has acknowledged the influence of The Hidden Fortress on Star Wars, particularly in the technique of telling the story from the points of view of the film's lowliest characters, C-3PO and R2-D2. [1] It has been suggested that Amanda Lucas be merged into this article or section. ... This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... C-3PO (pronounced See-Threepio, often shortened to Threepio) is a robot character from the fictional Star Wars universe, created by Anakin Skywalker circa 32 BBY prior to the events of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. ... R2-D2 (called R2, or Artoo for short), is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ...


External links


The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...

Films directed by Akira Kurosawa
1940s Sanshiro Sugata | The Most Beautiful | Sanshiro Sugata Part II | The Men Who Tread On the Tiger's Tail | Those Who Make Tomorrow | No Regrets for Our Youth | One Wonderful Sunday | Drunken Angel | The Quiet Duel | Stray Dog
1950s Scandal | Rashomon | The Idiot | Ikiru | Seven Samurai | I Live in Fear | Throne of Blood | The Lower Depths | The Hidden Fortress
1960s The Bad Sleep Well | Yojimbo | Sanjuro | High and Low | Red Beard
1970s Dodesukaden | Dersu Uzala
1980s Kagemusha | Ran
1990s Dreams | Rhapsody in August | Madadayo

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The Hidden Fortress - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (667 words)
The Hidden Fortress employs a non-traditional structure with respect to the characters, whereby the audience is gradually introduced to each character—often through layers of misdirection.
As a film, The Hidden Fortress demonstrates what Kurosawa was capable of at the height of his powers as a filmmaker, with a rain of plot complications, hair's breadth escapes through visually compelling locations, and rich character development, brought together through tightly realized action in visually compelling settings.
The influence of The Hidden Fortress can be seen in George Lucas's Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, particularly in the technique of telling of the story from the points of view of the film's lowliest characters.
The Hidden Fortress (227 words)
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