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Win tickets to Loft's 35mm screening of Kurosawa's 'Hidden Fortress'

The 1958 classic action movie "The Hidden Fortress" by famed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa was a major inspiration for the original "Star Wars." You could win a pair of tickets to Saturday's big-screen showing of a 35mm print at The Loft Cinema.

From the Loft:

A grand-scale adventure as only the great Akira Kurosawa could make one, The Hidden Fortress stars the inimitable Toshiro Mifune (Seven Samurai) as a brave general charged with guarding his defeated clan’s princess (a fierce Misa Uehara) as the two smuggle royal treasure across hostile territory in war-torn feudal Japan.

Accompanying them on their perilous journey is a pair of bumbling, conniving peasants who may or may not be their friends. This gorgeous, rip-roaring ride – Kurosawa’s first widescreen film – is a breathlessly-paced and highly-entertaining epic that was a major influence on the creation of George Lucas’ original 1977 Star Wars. One of the legendary director’s most beloved films, released between his classics Throne of Blood and Yojimbo, The Hidden Fortress delivers Kurosawa’s trademark deft blend of wry humor, breathtaking action and compassionate humanity. (Dir. by Akira Kurosawa, 1958, Japan, in Japanese with subtitles, 126 mins., Not Rated)

The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Loft, 3233 E. Speedway, and you could win a pair of tickets on us. To enter, comment below with your favorite pairing of a classic film and a more recent movie that was inspired by it.

Edit: And we have a winner: Phyllis Vodicka. Thanks to everyone who commented, here and on Facebook!

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Feb 19, 2016, 5:02 pm
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Okay- it’s a full-on parody, but if you ever enjoyed Disney’s Fantasia, you’ve got to see Bruno Bozzetto’s Allegro non Troppo (1976), if you haven’t.

Feb 18, 2016, 2:49 pm
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I am a huge fan of the Seven Samurai and the movie it inspired, The Magnificent Seven.

Feb 17, 2016, 11:05 pm
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Was going to go with Star Wars being the inspiration for SpaceBalls, but thought that was too cheeky. So, in keeping with the theme, and the director Akira Kurosawa, “Yojimbo” inspired the movie “A Fistful of Dollars”.

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