The Hidden Fortress DVD - 1958 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. Criterion Collection. This film deals with a strong-willed princess and her wise, sword-wielding protector. Recently reconstructed, uncut and immensely entertaining Japanese period epic. George Lucas admitted the film's influence on his Star Wars trilogy. Stars Toshiro Mifune and Minoru Chiaki. Unrated, the film has violence. Black and white, 126 minutes.