This is an original Japanese printed in 1958 for the first release of The Hidden Fortress. This 21-by-58-inch STB Tatekan poster is a fantastically collectible poster for anyone who is a Japanese film fanatic; or lover of Akira Kurosawa. This country-of-origin poster for one of Kurosawa`s most celebrated and highly respected films is thought to be one of the only copies in existence. It certainly has not sold in Japan in the last 30 years and is extremely hard to even find a photograph of it in a book published in the 1980`s.
The artwork is phenomenal with both Toshihiro Mifune and Misa Uehara prominently featured.
Star Wars: George Lucas has acknowledged the heavy influence of The Hidden Fortress on Star Wars, particularly in the technique of telling the story from the perspective of the film's lowliest characters, C-3PO and R2-D2. Lucas's original plot outline for Star Wars also had a strong resemblance to the plot of The Hidden Fortress, which would be reused for The Phantom Menace. (Source: Wiki)
The Hidden Fortress (隠し砦の三悪人, Kakushi toride no san akunin, literally, "The Three Villains of the Hidden Fortress") is a 1958 jidaigeki adventure film directed by Akira Kurosawa. It narrates the story of two peasants who agree to escort a man and a woman across enemy lines in return for gold without knowing that he is a general and the woman is a princess. The film stars Toshiro Mifune as General Makabe Rokurōta (真壁 六郎太) and Misa Uehara as Princess Yuki while the role of the peasants, Tahei and Matashichi, are portrayed by Minoru Chiaki and Kamatari Fujiwara respectively.
This poster is in a fantastic condition for its age with no pinholes and only very small tears to the top of the poster. Please refer to the imagery as this is the exact poster that is for sale.
It is 63 years old!
It is not a reproduction or a reprint.
Certificate of Authenticity included.