How Are Samurai Films Responsible For Star Wars?

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So much information has come out over the years about the making of the original Star Wars trilogy, the work that went in to creating the SW universe, and the origin of many of the iconic elements contained within, that we often assume we know all there is to know about these seminal flicks.

This very informative video from Cinefix reveals how samurai movies led the way for cowboy flicks and influenced much of the Star Wars universe, and taught me a thing or two in about seven minutes by answering these pressing questions:

How are Samurai films and a car crash responsible for Star Wars? How did World War II affect the global film industry in the 20th century? Why are Jedi called Jedi?? Give us 8 minutes, and we'll explain it all...

-Via Sploid


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I saw the old cartoon strip Terry & the Pirates as an influence. A young man, an adventurer, a princess, and Big Stoop instead of Chewbacca. Anyone else see that?
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