I found your blog and this post because “The Hidden Fortress” plays tonite in Palo Alto, California, at the Stanford Theatre, a non-profit film museum under-written and subsidized (tickets are $7, pop corn only $1) by the Packard Foundation, related to Hewelett-Packard, or more precisely (and excuse the run-on) the son of the founder, David Packard. I too am just learning of the Princess Yuki – Princess Leia connection. Oddly or uniquely, I am also mulling over how to tie this in with an article I am writing about ethnicity and gender and tennis.
The film series here featured two other Kurosawa films that I recognized nearly shot by shot from their influence on the more familiar (at least to me) Clint Eastwood “spaghetti westerns”.
Nothing new under the sun….
Also: I am curious about the photo on your masthead, of the toy wagon and figure. Does it depict a Hollywood scene? (I have a running riff on Southwest Arts versus faux versions, I sometimes call “Indians-Schmindians”). Your work recalls Chris Burden, David Levinthal.
(post to Tim Neath’s blog)