"You can't help being influenced by his use of camera." -- George Lucas, The Hidden Fortress DVD commentary. This thread is for a discussion on all things Kurosawa. I thought it was really interesting how Lucas describes AK's use of the camera, the frames, etc., to tell the story. Lucas said he loves how one frame shows so much scenery and action at once. In Fortress, GL says the panning and long-lens shots during scenes like the horse chase with the general build the intensity. Lucas picked up some wonderful cinematography ideas from Kurosawa, in my opinion. I would love to see more work like this in movies. It really helps tell the story in an interesting way. One of the most interesting things Lucas says in the Fortress commentary is how that film influenced him in Star Wars. Lucas was intrigued with the idea of telling the story from the point of view of the "two lowest" characters, in this case two peasants in Fortress. GL simply substituted Artoo and Threepio, of course. This homage to older films is one thing that makes Star Wars unique and a rich tale, other than the special effects.