On the whole, Kurosawa is a genius - and this is one of his best films. Kurosawa's movies tend to be very masculine, and this one is as well, but the girl is tough, proud, and noble, and replaces the quiet subservience seen from women in a lot of old Japanese movies with a ferocious appetite for life. His daring, too, extends from that. The impressive flick blends drama , humor , violent fights , emotion , slaughters with high body-count and results to be pretty entertaining as well as thought provoking. Lucas even considered acquiring the film rights. Kurosawa chose to explore the situation of these piteous beings, buffeted about in the feudal wars of sixteenth century Japan, in visually reinforced wide screen long shots in those final scenes on the plains.
All that has happened is that a spaceship has arrived somewhere for a rendezvous. The language of the original trilogy--Empire, Republic, Senate--reflects this origin. In this she's quiet for most of the movie, but then she'll come out of nowhere and show more power and confidence than The General. Granted, Kurosawa's mediocre is any other director's masterpiece, but still, I thought this 1958 effort fell somewhat short. The story is told from their perspective. Granted, Its exceptionally rare but it does exist. And yet the remake talk persists.
It is also unusual in that it has a very strong female character. It's not at all about the action, barely about the lightsaber, and entirely about the emotions at war in both Han and Ben. It's like the difference between The Matrix and the My Lai massacre. Because nobody is trying to claim that J. Everything is influenced by something else in some capacity. The destruction of the Republic's home system is plotted.
Lucas would have also watched a lot of John Ford westerns making the whole question of influence circular. This is a magnificent picture by Akira Kurosawa starred by his ordinary actor Toshiro Mifune , being an international breakthrough one. That this is Kurosawa's first film in Tohoscope, that is, in a wider aspect ratio than 4:3, is in itself an event. Its quality is its sharpness: Gram can cut through ordinary materials like a hot knife through butter, and very much does so. Yojimbo is my 5th fav film and is a true blast. But really, Please do watch Ran and then watch The Hidden Fortress. Kylo Ren mentally tortures Rey with the Force.
Probably the best part of the movie though is the honor that these warriors possess. Much like Lucian himself, in fact. It is a Japanese samurai film based on King Lear. According to George Lucas, this film was his inspiration for Star Wars. The generations of characters are really starting to mingle. I have heard professional folklorists talk about the similarities shared by this tale and the film, but at best, it is a very lose association. On the left is Analyzer from Space Battleship Yamato 1974 and on the right is R2-D2 from the original Star Wars 1977.
Being well shot in stereo and TohoScope , a CinemaScope version , and with a brilliant black and white cinematography. So did The Phantom Menace, but you don't mention the prequels if you want to build a case for the defence for George Lucas. For such a man the ideal was to be without fear-to always move forward in his employer's interest-without fear of death-only fear of dishonor. Also, any comparison between the two is downright stupid because Star Wars is purely a Sci-Fi movie and Lucas' directing skill is. These aren't characteristics that would normally be used for heroes, but Kurosawa makes them likeable to the audience. In this respect, he was to be selfless.
The evil Empire and the good-guys Rebel Alliance. Minutes 111-120 and 111-130 Star Wars: Everything gets wrapped up with a neat bow at the end of the trench run, with spectacular editing take a bow, Marcia Lucas, heightening the tension and reintroducing Han perfectly as the Death Star meets its doom. I'm super excited to write it too. So that is the real template Lucas took in conceiving his project. If the similarities were structural, I figured, they would become as clear as day watching them in this way.
Every good apprentice lends their master a helping hand. By hilariously dragging his body across a room rather than creepily doing it at a distance Vader-style, but still. This fiercely-charging , uncompromising pictures was compellingly directed by Akira Kurosawa and being exhibited with subtitles or dubbed. Minutes 11-20 Star Wars: The slowest part of the film sees Threepio and Artoo wander Tatooine, get captured by Jawas and lined up outside Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru's for a galactic garage sale. Kurosawa regular, Toshirô Mifune heads a great ensemble cast; all of which do well in their roles. There's an interview of that I'd recommend you watch.
He continued to work into his eighties with the more personal Akira Kurosawa's Dreams 1990 , and Madadayo 1993 and Rhapsody in August. There's no slack in it as a consequence - it is pure narrative verve. You can , or check out. The hidden fortress starts with it's two main characters Tahei and Matakashi played by Minoru Chiaki and Kamatari Fujiwara walking through a war torn country side. Most of it works well, and it's an entertaining movie. I wouldn't say this ranks with Kurosawa's best films, being a little wandering in story and at times slightly puzzling in intent, but it is quite entertaining.
George Lucas didn't remake The Hidden Fortress but he did pull some of plot and characters for his film Star Wars, from it. I relish these moments of differentiation, because I fear we're about to plunge into the moments of greatest similarity. These are all great films centered around the samurai class in Japan's past. Show your support with a donation to my PayPal here. It slices straight through a metal anvil in testing, it's considered an astonishing token of power, Sigurd cunningly pierces the dragon Fafnir's hide with it, and ultimately just as he is dying he throws it across the room and it slices a man in two. What with the , it seems about time to revisit the large impact Japanese culture had on the birth of the mythos.