Today is day 6 of the Kurosawa Blogathon. This is our 7th film.
The Hidden Fortress, a 1958 Akira Kurosawa movie, stars Toshiro Mifune, whom we've seen in Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Yojimbo. The reason we selected this particular Kurosawa film to watch as part of the blogathon is that we'd heard it was an inspiration for George Lucas' Star Wars, which I've loved since it debuted in theaters. It was fun to watch it with that in mind. We have the Criterion edition of The Hidden Fortress, but there aren't many special features. There is, though, an interview with Lucas on Kurosawa.
Senses of Cinema has a review.