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.
Human instinct is pretty strong. You can't expect us to change overnight.
-Captain Jonathan Archer, 2151