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!

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Kaveh Mousavi is the pseudonym of an atheist ex-Muslim living in Iran, subject to one of the world’s remaining theocracies. He is a student of English Literature, an aspiring novelist, and part-time English teacher. He is passionate about politics, video games, heavy metal music, and cinema. He was born at the tenth anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran. He has ditched the Islamic part, but has kept some of the revolutionary spirit.

  • Marcus Ranum

    Seven Samurai (which I consider the greatest film of all time)


  • Menyambal

    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 …

  • Francisco Bacopa

    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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