Akira Kurosawa is one of my favorite filmmakers. I've been working my way through his films the past few months. It's astonishing the influence he has had, and continues to have, not only in terms of stories, storytelling, visual and audio techniques, but specific shots. For example, today I watched a bit of Yojimbo and noticed a striking similarity between it and a scene in the first Star Wars.See below (sorry for the violent special effect):
Call it homage, I guess.