I’d long known George Lucas’ space opera Star Wars borrowed heavily from Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. Even Darth Vader’s uniform is reminiscent of a Samurai armour.
But what I did not know was the extent of the influence Kurosawa had over Star Wars. Thanks to this very insightful video by CineFix’s Film School’d, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pU6B2zEFeg, I am truly school’d.
I won’t ruin the many surprising anecdotes and gems in the video with a blow-by-blow account so that when you see the connection, you’d get #mindblown.