The Hidden Fortress - July 16 & 17 @ The Frida Cinema, Los Angeles [from 16 to 17 July]

The Hidden Fortress - July 16 & 17

16 - 17
15:30 - 22:45

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The Frida Cinema
305 E 4th St, Ste 100, Santa Ana, California 92701
Our six-film retrospective of some of the most acclaimed films by Japanese auteur Akira Kurosawa continues with his highly-influential 1958 adventure HIDDEN FORTRESS.

The Hidden Fortress stars the always-mesmerizing Toshiro Mifune as a soldier assigned the job of guarding his defeated clan’s princess (Misa Uehara) as the two smuggle royal treasure across a dangerous land. Joining them are a couple peasants, who may or may not be their friends. This rip-roaring ride is among the director’s most beloved films, and left an even bigger mark on popular culture when it was a cited as a big influence on George Lucas' 1977 original STAR WARS. It also shows Kurosawa jumping from brutal violence to dark humor with ease, creating one of the legendary director’s more interesting formalist works.

Directed by Akira Kurosawa. 1958. 139 mins. Not Rated.

Monday, July 16 – 3:30pm, 6pm, 8:30pm
Tuesday, July 17 – 3:30pm, 6pm, 8:30pm

Advance Tickets:

“By introducing comedy into the mixture and telling the tale from an atypical perspective, Kurosawa has differentiated The Hidden Fortress from nearly every similar feudal era Japanese epic ever committed to the screen. This is a masterpiece.” -James Berardenelli, Reelviews

“Kurosawa’s calculations pay off in thrills and clever character delineation. The trials of the journey impose heroic imperatives and bonds of loyalty that ennoble even the meanest characters.” -Gary Arnold, Washington Post

“The play of light and dark elements in what’s arguably Akira Kurosawa’s most broadly appealing and entertaining picture…explores a dichotomy of the idiocy of greed and the rewards of sacrifice.” -Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews


Sunday, July 1 – 7:30pm
Monday, July 2 – 3pm, 7pm
Tuesday, July 3 – 3pm, 7pm

Thursday, July 5 – 3:30pm, 6pm, 8:30pm
Saturday, July 7 – 5:30pm

IKIRU (1952)
Wednesday, July 11 – 3pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm
Thursday, July 12 – 3pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm

Monday, July 16 – 3:30pm, 6pm, 8:30pm
Tuesday, July 17 – 3:30pm, 6pm, 8:30pm

YOJIMBO (1960)
Wednesday, July 18 – 3:30pm, 6pm, 8:30pm
Thursday, July 19 – 3:30pm, 6pm, 8:30pm

Monday, July 23 – 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm
Tuesday, July 24 – 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm
Sunday, July 29 – 8pm
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