As a first formal venture into anime, each Star Wars: Visions short bears a unique Japanese sensibility, which in many ways aligns with the tone and spirit of Star Wars storytelling. From the beginning, stories told in the Star Wars galaxy have counted Japanese mythology and the films of Akira Kurosawa among their many influences, and these new visions will further explore that cultural heritage through the unique animation style and perspective of each anime studio.
Star Wars: Visions Season 1 Web Series Cast, Episodes, Release Date, Trailer and Ratings
Star Wars creator George Lucas has never been shy of acknowledging his debt to the legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. In the early â70s, as Lucas began developing the first film, he looked to Kurosawa's 1958 Edo-era period drama The Hidden Fortress. It tells the story of a civil war through the eyes of two peasants, the lowest characters. It's why Star Wars is told from the viewpoint of two droids, the lowest characters. The Jedi, meanwhile, are essentially Lucas' take on ronin â masterless samurai â who were the centrepiece of many a Kurosawa movie. The lightsaber is their sword, except cooler. It's quite poetic then that Star Wars: Visions â premiering Wednesday on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar â brings Lucas and his films full circle.