George Lucas is well known to be a fan of Kurosawa's work and has attested to its influence upon Star Wars — in particular, the influence of The Hidden Fortress. Kurosawa references have crept into other parts of Star Wars, too.
I was looking at this image of the Knights of Ren from Rey's vision in The Force Awakens:
Exactly seven Knights of Ren appear in the vision, as confirmed by the novelization of the film. These figures and their pose remind me somewhat of the Seven Samurai of the eponymous Kurosawa film:
Are the Knights of Ren, as seen in The Force Awakens, intended to be a reference to the Seven Samurai?