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Star Wars is neither about Japan nor Kendo, but we can all see how George Lucas, in the famous and spectacular lightsaber duels (the symbol most famous of the saga), was inspired by Japanese culture and the martial art of Kendo, which is not only mere combat but also discipline and philosophy of life, the Jedi in fact have their own code of honor just like the ancient Samurai (Bushido), like them must respect him and fight to restore peace and justice, in the film no longer linked to a specific region or to a master but to the whole of humanity, even the term Jedi is was inspired by the word jidai-geki used for samurai costume films.

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The concept of Force also bears a close resemblance to the Japanese martial arts concept of Ki: Obi-Wan explains to Luke: «The Force è what gives the Jedi power, è an energy field created by all living things, surrounds us, penetrates us, keeps the whole


united » The inspiration from the history of Japan and the Samurai è clearly visible also in the character of Darth Vader, who wears a helmet inspired by the features of the ancient helmets Japanese war armor

In the Video above, 'Star Wars: Evolution of the Lightsaber Duel ' of which we report the introduction, it tells the parallelism between the Jedi / Sith fights and Kendo, even presented by Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker of Star Wars) and with the interview by George Lucas.


The Seven Samurai ( 七 人 の 侍 Shichinin no Samurai) è a 1954 film edited, co-written and directed by Akira Kurosawa The film, ambient ata in the Sengoku Era, tells the story of a village of peasants who, through its representatives, hires R

ōnin to defend itself from the cyclical looting of a group of brigands.Considered the great work of Kurosawa, it is still one of the most influential and cited films in the history of cinema. The film is part of the cycle of historical dramas (jidai-geki), without however departing from the entertainment genre.

The initial draft of the script described the single day of a samurai's life, but the idea was put aside by Kurosawa himself who directed the two screenwriters, Hashimoto and Oguni, towards a search for historical

'realism '. This initiative led Hashimoto to discover documents from the Sengoku Era testifying to the hiring of Samurai without a master (R ōnin ) for the defense of the peasants from the brigands, the screenplay was born from this idea.


In the work an excellent compromise was reached between the need for spectacularity and those of adherence to reality. Until then, the fighting scenes were symbolic and did not look for realistic effects, but Kurosawa being of Samurai descent and having practiced Kendo since childhood with intensity and passion, he had asked the sword master Yoshio Sugino, for a real advice in subject of samurai culture.


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