Kurosawa’s first film in widescreen, the aptly epic yet lighthearted action – romantic comedy THE HIDDEN FORTRESS is full of swashbuckling set-pieces, spectacle and heart-stopping moments of bravery. A faithful general (Mifune) escorts and guards a feisty teen princess on the run, begrudgingly aided by a pair of squabbling peasants. One of Kurosawa’s greatest hits, it provided inspiration for STAR WARS.
The Hidden Fortress
Directed by Akira Kurosawa