I was ordering my Blu-ray of Ran, and I got to thinking.. I always tell people how pretty much all the common themes in films today boil down to Kurosawa films.. Ie. Story told from several different perspectives? Rashomon. Villiage saved by wandering hero(es)? Seven Samurai. Rogue plays 2 sides against each other, gets beat up/banished, has crisis of concience, returns to save day? Yojimbo, etc, etc. From Sci-fi to Westerns, the plots all have those common denominators.. But I wonder.. Was he really the originator, or was HE himself drawing on themes from film or literature? Obviously Ran was an interpretation of W.S's King Lear, but can anyone cite other examples? Thanks for any and all replies!