I spent part of new years day watching the hidden fortress by Akira Kurosawa. When Kurosawa died, the BBC showed many of his films. They were all great. I watched 7 Samurai in London and it was an amazing film -- even though it is long.
I really enjoyed the hidden fortress. Cameron and his friends have put class war back at the top of the political agenda. These Kurosawa are all about the peasants versus the Samurai.
According to Amazon George Lucas was influenced by the hidden fortress when he wrote the Star Wars films. I can sort of see the similarities, but this is a must better film.