Now See This: The Hidden Fortress
@ The Frida Cinema

Make a wish! Courtesy of Criterion Collection

This week in “awesome film happenings you don’t see everyday,” the 1958 Akira Kurosawa epic The Hidden Fortress is being screened at The Frida Cinema, as part of this month’s hat tip to the influential Japanese director.

Credited as one of the films responsible for inspiring George Lucas’ Star Wars, reigning Kurosawa collaborator Toshiro Mifune stars as a soldier who smuggles a princess of his clan and some smuggled treasure across enemy borders with the help of some clueless peasants unaware of the princess’ identity.

Filmed in crisp black and white with brilliant dramatic performances and action scenes, this elegant masterpiece will simply reinforce Kurosawa’s legacy as one of the best auteurs of all time.

The Hidden Fortress at The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th St. #100, Santa Ana, (714) 285-9422; www.thefridacinema.org. Mon.-Tues., July 16-17, 3:30, 6 and 8:30 p.m. $$7-10.

Aimee Murillo is calendar editor and frequently covers the Orange County DIY music scene, film, arts, Latino culture and currently pens the long-running column Trendzilla. Born, raised, and based in Santa Ana, she loves bad movies, punk shows, raising her plants, eating tacos, Selena, and puns.

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