As a Kurosawa scholar I've known this for decades--I even spoke with him once about it--but I wonder how many know today: that George Lucas was inspired by, and borrowed from, the Japanese master's film The Hidden Fortress. Here's a little video that captures some of it....and a mash-up below.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
The 'Hidden' Message in 'Star Wars'
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