Re: Question to those most disappointed with the SW prequels
Lucas and others involved with the original film have more or less admitted that Hidden Fortress
was a major influence on ANH, right down to the two droids being stand-ins for the two Japanese villagers who served as travel companions and comic relief in the Kurosawa film. Lucas embraced Kurosawa's influences and style.
Remember what cooleddie74 says, kids:
"Don't forget to have a Patrick Swayze Christmas!"