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How Kurosawa Inspired Star Wars, and Why Movie History Is Awesome

HOLY SHIT this is an awesome video. It demonstrates how the movies of Akira Kurosawa (whom I regard as the greatest director who ever lived) especially Seven Samurai (which I consider the greatest film of all time) and Hidden Fortress inspired the Star Wars franchise, and also a very short history of American and Japanese cinema and in the historical to boot. It’s history and cinema and samurai and space all rolled into eight minutes of pure awesomeness. Watch it!


  1. Menyambal says

    I was nineteen or so, an ignorant farm boy from Kansas, had not seen many movies or had much TV time, never even heard of a foreign film, and somehow wound up in a showing of Kurosawa’s _Kagemusha_. Wow!

    Kurosawa led to Toshiro Mifune. Together …

  2. Francisco Bacopa says

    I had read some about the Kurosawa influence, but this video made things much more clear. Thanks.

    Most of us probably already know that the Death Star attack sequence is a scene for scene remake of The Dam Busters, and that the awards ceremony at the end is a mashup of two scenes from Triumph of the Will.

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