(1958), b&w, Starring, natch, Toshiro Mofune.
I have the restored and cleaned and gorgeous Criterion version from 2001.
The linear notes (are those informational inserts in dvds called that, as with cds?) tell me that this film was a source for the first Star Wars (which, I confess, I've seen exactly once, when it was released, and, which, I further confess, did for me not so much -- so much not so much that I've never watched another entry in the Star Wars franchise), because, supposedly the term for such a film in Japan was 'period -set pictures,' supposedly, in Japanese then, jedai-geki. Is this true? Were there other parallels / influences from The Fortress that affected Lucas and his silly Star Wars franchise? If so, what?
Thank you in advance, I remain, as ever, etc. etc. etc.