The Clone Wars returns to Naboo and Kurosawa with ‘Shadow Warrior’

The main heroes and villains of the prequels collide in ‘Shadow Warrior’, this week’s episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. As shown in the clip, Anakin and Dooku square off, meanwhile Padme discovers that Grievous and his droid armies are going to invade Theed, but the Gungans are also marching on the capital of Naboo. As Bryan Young points out, this episode is likely a homage to the 1980 Akira Kurosawa film Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior), whose international edition lists George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola as executive producers. This is not the first time The Clone Wars has been inspired by Kurosawa: season two’s episode ‘Bounty Hunters’ was a tribute to the classic Seven Samurai.

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