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Toshiro Mifune

Son of missionary parents working in China who made his mark starring in a string of  Akira Kurosawa action classic such as “The Seven Samurai” & “Yojimbo” before winning roles in big Hollywood productions such as “Hell In The Pacific” with Lee Marvin & “Red Sun” with Charles Bronson.

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Birth Name: Toshiro Mifune

Date Of Birth:1st April 1920

Place Of Birth: Tsingtao, China

Date Of Death:24th December 1997

Place Of Death:
Mitaka City, Tokyo, Japan

Height: 5’ 8”

Nickname: The Wolf

Debut Film:“Snow Trail” (1947)

Signature Film
“The Seven Samurai” (1956)

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The Emperor and the Wolf: The Lives and Films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune by Stuart Galbraith IV


Book Title: The Emperor And The Wolf - The Lives & Films Of Akira Kurosawa & Toshiro Mifune by Stuart Galbraith IV
Book Description:
The first -- and long overdue -- English-language biography of two of the world's great cinema figures. Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune made sixteen feature films together, including Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood, Yojimbo, and High and Low -- all undisputed masterworks of world cinema. Kurosawa's films inspired blockbuster remakes and influenced directors like George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, and Martin Scorsese. Meanwhile, Mifune virtually invented the roaming warrior rogue, a character adapted with great success by actors like Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery, Bruce Willis, and countless others. Their impact on the international film world is undisputable, yet at the very height of their abilities, Kurosawa and Mifune went their separate ways. After Red Beard in 1965 they would never work together again -- nor would they ever achieve the same level of success apart as they had together. The Emperor and the Wolf is an in-depth look at the life and work of these two luminaries of cinema. Full of behind-the-scenes details about their tumultuous lives and stormy relationships with the studios and each other, it is also a provocative look at postwar American and Japanese culture and the different lenses through which the two societies viewed each other. Click the text link at left for more details:

Toshiro Mifune’s Top 10 Movies on DVD & VHS

Rashomon [DVD](1950) DVD
A rape and murder in medieval Japan are recounted in four flashback sequences, as seen through the eyes of the three people involved and a witness to the incident. Each version differs from the others, leaving viewers to draw their own conclusions on what actually transpired. Akira Kurosawa's breakthrough drama stars Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo. 88 min. Standard; Soundtrack: Japanese Dolby Digital mono, English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; theatrical trailer; more.

The Seven Samurai [DVD](1954) DVD
Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece is one of the greatest epics ever filmed. It's set in 16th-century Japan and deals with Japanese villagers who hire professional warriors to defeat bandits. Spectacular motion picture teems with fabulous battle scenes and characters filled with emotion and humanity. Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura. 207 min. Standard; Soundtrack: Japanese Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles; English; audio commentary; theatrical trailer.

The Lower Depths [DVD](1957) DVD
Adapted from a play by Maxim Gorky, Akira Kurosawa's dark seriocomedy follows the adventures of a boarding home's odd residents, especially the love triangle that develops between the landlady, her sister, and a thieving boarder. Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada star. 125 min. Standard; Soundtrack: Japanese mono; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; biographies.

Yojimbo [DVD](1961) DVD
Toshiro Mifune stars as the war-weary samurai who is caught in the middle of a feud between rival factions in a village. One of Kurosawa's greatest films is also a sly commentary on action movies in general and helped inspire "A Fistful of Dollars." 110 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Japanese Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; theatrical trailer.

High And Low [DVD](1963) DVD
Industrialist Toshiro Mifune hunts the kidnapper of his chauffeur's son in this drama from Akira Kurosawa. At once a fine detective story and brilliant allegory on the nature of class differences, as represented by the businessman, his servant and the kidnappers. Based on a story by Ed McBain. 142 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Japanese Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English.

Red Beard [DVD](1965) DVD
In early 19th-century Japan, Red Beard (Toshiro Mifune) is the head of a shoestring public health clinic who tries to turn his new assistant, a greedy and unrealistic young intern, into a real doctor. This striking film from Akira Kurosawa also stars Yuzo Kayama. 185 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: Japanese Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English: audio commentary; theatrical trailer; more.

Hell In The Pacific(1968) VHS
Gripping WWII drama stars Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune as American and Japanese soldiers who find themselves stranded on a small Pacific island. Their hatred turns to a grudging respect, but the reality of war brings them back to conflict. John Boorman directs. 103 min.

Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo [DVD](1970) DVD
It's the samurai showdown action fans have dreamed about, as blind swordsman Zatoichi (Shintaro Katsu), tired of his violent life, returns to his native village. In his absence, however, a corrupt warlord has taken over, and itinerant bodyguard Toshiro Mifune is charged with taking out Zatoichi. 116 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Japanese; Subtitles: English.

The Bushido Blade(1980) VHS
Thrilling Samurai and martial arts action set against the first American trading expedition to Japan in the mid-1800s, as shogun warriors and Americans battle for a priceless sword. Toshiro Mifune, Sonny Chiba, Richard Boone, James Earl Jones star. 100 min.

Shogun [DVD](1980) DVD
One of the most acclaimed mini-series in television history, James Clavell's epic tale of discovery, love and the conflict of two worlds is collected in this five-disc set. Richard Chamberlain stars as an English navigator who becomes swept up in the political intrigue of feudal 17th-century Japan. With Toshiro Mifune, Yoko Shimada, Michael Hordern, Frankie Sakai; Orson Welles narrates. 545 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English; audio commentary; "making of" documentary; featurettes.


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