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The Hidden Fortress
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Genre:Art/Foreign
Year:1958
Rating:?
Length:129min
Country:Japan
Cast:Toshiro Mifune, Misa Uehara, Takashi Shimura
Credits:Directed by Akira Kurosawa (Japanese w/English subtitles)

Synopsis
A dramatic display of cinematic mastery, Kurosawa's first film using the wide-screen process is an amazing exploitation of newly found depth and space. The visual sweep of the film is breathtaking, and is probably why the director continued to work in Cinemascope for the rest of his career. This epic tale of a Samurai leader who protects a beautiful heiress fleeing with her treasure during the civil wars in medieval Japan earned Kurosawa Best Director at the 1959 Berlin Film Festival.

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