Nov 17, 2014

Yoda's Akiro Kurosawa reference in Revenge of the Sith

Yoda Seven Samurai reference

Revenge of the Sith featured a very cool reference to one of the films by a Japanese director that inspired the original Star Wars film.

We have mentioned before how Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress was a major influence on George Lucas.

It’s no surprise then that Lucas deftly slipped in a visual reference to Akira Kurosawa’s famous Seven Samurai film.

As Yoda rides in a gunship, he runs his hand over his head, sadly pondering how has Jedi Council's request of Anakin to spy on Palpatine has riled Anakin. This mimics Kambei Shimada’s motion in the Seven Samurai. 

Pretty cool when you know to look for it! 

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