But the actual scenes and many of the characters were not. Lucas recognizes that the strongest connection between the two movies is telling the story from the point of view of the two lowliest characters, the two peasants and the droids. The group is unwillingly drawn down an alternative path when they discover the traditional safe route is destroyed by the enemy. And just for kicks, Kurosawa used the jarring and very noticeable horizontal wipe transitions all the time in his movie, just like Lucas chose to do very frequently throughout the series. Just before their execution, the enemy general, a friend of General Rokurota, decides to set the princess and her companions free and defect to the Akuzuki clan. The pace is very fast, maybe even faster than Star Wars.
It is probable that Han Solo and Luke Skywalker have more in common with Flash Gordon than The Hidden Fortress. Star Wars never seemed to go away. When I was young, I always thought Star Wars was created in a vacuum. The costumes in both are striking and identifiable, each one unique and often robed in the Eastern style of dress but still so lived-in. If they can cross territory controlled by the Empire and reach a friendly planet, they will be saved.
Kurosawa never seemed to struggle with the technical aspects of filmmaking, and would later make a similarly effortless transition to color. The four of them embark on the trail through enemy territory with 200 bars of gold in tow. The Princess is a general film archetype that is used pretty well in The Hidden Fortress. No one involved in this outer-space pet project had much faith it would succeed, let alone spawn two — soon to be three — separate but interconnected movie trilogies. Accompanying them are a pair of bumbling, conniving peasants who may or may not be their friends. The director possesses the same control and awareness of the frame that any other director would have after dozens of pictures in the format.
Tahei and Matasichi escape slavery and decide to find the Princess, the only remaining leader of the Akizuki clan, who were crushed by the Yamanas. They made it, for a time, The Greatest Show On Earth. George forgets that in the prequels and goes back to people walking and talking. The two peasants do at time realize the error of their ways, but just as easily they fall back into their greedy selves. Then there are the striking similarities between. The two bureaucrats are essentially comic relief inserted among the general seriousness of the adventure.
I had no idea about the long history of films that helped shape it into what it became as it formulated in the head of George Lucas. Call it an homage if you like. The idea of using a sacrificial double was revived in the confused prequel trilogy, with somewhat lesser emotional impact. It is very interesting that you limited your question to comparing the movie and not the original screenplay; since the connection isn't nearly as clear in the movie compared to the screenplay if you consider the details. This entire sequence is inspired by the famous Chariot Race of. Commentators have noted the strong political analogies in the Star Wars universe to contemporary American politics.
It is leisurely and follows people as they simply walk around. On the left is Analyzer from Space Battleship Yamato 1974 and on the right is R2-D2 from the original Star Wars 1977. In the film, a squadron is sent to Norway to bomb a V-2 rocket fuel plant. Even the names of the third installments are similar: The Return of the King and Return of the Jedi. He also journeyed to an underwater metropolis reminiscent of the Gungan city in The Phantom Menace.
It's worth a second look, especially if you're a fan of Charlton Heston or just those classic Biblical epics. While Rokurōta is escorting Princess Yuki Akizuki and what remains of her family's gold to Hayakawa, Matashichi and Tahei don't know the girl traveling with them is the Princess. People who normally dislike foregin film can respond powerfully to his films. It's also just a truly awesome film. I think this is important, to define the success of the heroes and leave the audience satisfied. The technique is used to great effect in The Hidden Fortress. The scene continues through several cuts before it comes screeching to a halt when Rokurota enters the enemy camp and challenges a fellow general to a duel.
Tadokoro shows a large face scar and explains it is a result of a beating ordered by the Yamana lord for losing the duel with Rokurōta. The plot of Star Wars is very loosely based on The Hidden Fortress. Unknown to Orion was that he was the son of the evil Darkseid. There is nothing more fun for a film and Star Wars geek like me than tracing these influences back even further. These subtle differences in filmmaking technique contribute to the films authenticity. Matakishi and Tahei, who were arrested after they were found with the gold-carrying horses that were let go just before the execution by the enemy general, are let out of prison by the princess.