Episode 11 - The Hidden Fortress (Spine #11, CC1111L)
1958, Dir. Akira Kurosawa
Featured Guest: Nick Oberlander
"It is a period of civil war"... Despite being a box office hit in Japan, Akira Kurosawa's first widescreen film is perhaps best known now as a direct inspiration on George Lucas as he created Star Wars. My guest today is cinematographer, visual effects artist, and known Star Wars nerd Nick Oberlander of the Bay Area, CA. Join us as we pick apart Kurosawa's big "popcorn flick" and see just how much of an "inspiration" the film was on a young Lucas. Not to mention a mutual admiration of Toshiro Mifune's winning smile.