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Toshiro Mifune
Toshiro Mifune
Toshiro Mifune 1954 Scan10003 160913.jpg
Mifune in 1954
Born(1920-04-01)April 1, 1920
DiedDecember 24, 1997(1997-12-24) (aged 77)
Resting placeKawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
NationalityJapan
OccupationActor
Years active1947-1995
Sachiko Yoshimine
(m. 1950; her death 1995)
Mika Kitagawa
Children3
Military career
Allegiance Empire of Japan
Service/branchImperial Japanese Army Air Service
Years of service1940-1945
RankSergeant
UnitAerial Photography
Battles/warsWorld War II
Japanese name
Kanji
Hiragana ?
Katakana ?
Websitemifuneproductions.co.jp

Toshiro Mifune ( , Mifune Toshir?, April 1, 1920 - December 24, 1997) was a Japanese actor who appeared in over 150 feature films. He is best known for his 16-film collaboration (1948-65) with Akira Kurosawa in such works as Rashomon, Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Throne of Blood, and Yojimbo. He also portrayed Miyamoto Musashi in Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai Trilogy and one earlier Inagaki film, Lord Toranaga in the NBC television miniseries Sh?gun, and Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto in three different films.[1]

Early life

Toshiro Mifune was born on 1 April 1920 in Qingdao, Shandong, China, which was at the time still under Japanese occupation following their capture of the city from German colonial rule during WWI. Hoping to preserve their control of the region, the Japanese government maintained a large garrison and encouraged Japanese citizens to move there with promises of important and rewarding work. Among the Japanese living there before the Republic of China took over the city in 1922 were Toshiro's parents. They were Methodist missionaries working there.[2][3] Mifune grew up with his parents and two younger siblings in Dalian, Liaoning, China, and, from 4 to 19 years of age, in Manchuria.[4]

In his youth, Mifune worked in the photography shop of his father Tokuzo, a commercial photographer and importer who had emigrated from northern Japan. After spending the first 19 years of his life in China, as a Japanese citizen, he was drafted into the Imperial Japanese Army Aviation division, where he served in the Aerial Photography unit during World War II.[5]

Early work

In 1947, one of Mifune's friends who worked for the Photography Department of Toho Productions suggested Mifune try out for the Photography Department. He was accepted for a position as an assistant cameraman.

At this time, a large number of Toho actors, after a prolonged strike, had left to form their own company, Shin Toho. Toho then organized a "new faces" contest to find new talent. Mifune's friends submitted an application and photo, without his knowledge. He was accepted, along with 48 others (out of roughly 4000 applicants), and allowed to take a screen test for Kajir? Yamamoto. Instructed to mime anger, he drew from his wartime experiences. Yamamoto took a liking to Mifune, recommending him to director Senkichi Taniguchi. This led to Mifune's first feature role, in Shin Baka Jidai.

Mifune first encountered director Akira Kurosawa when Toho Studios, the largest film production company in Japan, was conducting a massive talent search, during which hundreds of aspiring actors auditioned before a team of judges. Kurosawa was originally going to skip the event, but showed up when Hideko Takamine told him of one actor who seemed especially promising. Kurosawa later wrote that he entered the audition to see "a young man reeling around the room in a violent frenzy ... it was as frightening as watching a wounded beast trying to break loose. I was transfixed." When Mifune, exhausted, finished his scene, he sat down and gave the judges an ominous stare. He lost the competition but Kurosawa was impressed. "I am a person rarely impressed by actors," he later said. "But in the case of Mifune I was completely overwhelmed."[6]

Marriage

Among Mifune's fellow performers, one of the 32 women chosen during the new faces contest was Sachiko Yoshimine. Eight years Mifune's junior, she came from a respected Tokyo family. They fell in love and Mifune soon proposed marriage.

Director Senkichi Taniguchi, with the help of Akira Kurosawa, convinced the Yoshimine family to allow the marriage. The wedding took place in February 1950 at the Aoyama Gakuin Methodist Church.[7] Yoshimine was a Buddhist but since Mifune was a Christian, they were married in church as per Christian tradition.[8]

In November of the same year, their first son, Shir? was born. In 1955, they had a second son, Takeshi. Mifune's daughter Mika was born to his mistress, actress Mika Kitagawa, in 1982.

Period of prosperity

His imposing bearing, acting range, facility with foreign languages and lengthy partnership with acclaimed director Akira Kurosawa made him the most famous Japanese actor of his time, and easily the best known to Western audiences. He often portrayed samurai or r?nin who were usually coarse and gruff (Kurosawa once explained that the only weakness he could find with Mifune and his acting ability was his "rough" voice), inverting the popular stereotype of the genteel, clean-cut samurai. In such films as Seven Samurai and Yojimbo, he played characters who were often comically lacking in manners, but replete with practical wisdom and experience, understated nobility, and, in the case of Yojimbo, unmatched fighting prowess. Sanjuro in particular contrasts this earthy warrior spirit with the useless, sheltered propriety of the court samurai. Kurosawa highly valued Mifune for his effortless portrayal of unvarnished emotion, once commenting that he could convey in only three feet of film an emotion for which the average Japanese actor would require ten feet.[9]

Mifune along with Flor Silvestre and Antonio Aguilar in Animas Trujano (1964)

He was also known for the effort he put into his performances. To prepare for Seven Samurai and Rashomon, Mifune reportedly studied footage of lions in the wild; for Ánimas Trujano, he studied tapes of Mexican actors speaking, so he could recite all his lines in Spanish.

Mifune has been credited as originating the "roving warrior" archetype, which he perfected during his collaboration with Kurosawa. His martial arts instructor was Yoshio Sugino of the Tenshin Sh?den Katori Shint?-ry?. Sugino created the fight choreography for films such as Seven Samurai and Yojimbo, and Kurosawa instructed his actors to emulate his movements and bearing.

Mifune in Hell in the Pacific (1968)

Clint Eastwood was among the first of many actors to adopt this wandering ronin with no name persona for foreign films, which he used to great effect in his Western roles, especially in Spaghetti Westerns directed by Sergio Leone where he played the Man with No Name, a character similar to Mifune's seemingly-nameless ronin in Yojimbo.

Mifune may also be credited with originating the Yakuza archetype, with his performance as a mobster in Kurosawa's Drunken Angel (1948), the first Yakuza film.[] Most of the sixteen Kurosawa-Mifune films are considered cinema classics. These include Drunken Angel, Stray Dog, Rashomon, Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, High and Low, Throne of Blood (an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth), Yojimbo, and Sanjuro. (See filmography, below)

Mifune and Kurosawa finally parted ways after Red Beard. Several factors contributed to the rift that ended this career-spanning collaboration. Most of Mifune's contemporaries acted in several different movies throughout the year. Since Red Beard required Mifune to grow a natural beard -- one he had to keep for the entirety of the film's two years of shooting -- he was unable to act in any other films during the production. This put Mifune and his financially strapped production company deeply into debt, creating friction between him and Kurosawa. Although Red Beard played to packed houses in Japan and Europe, which helped Mifune recoup some of his losses, the ensuing years held varying outcomes for both Mifune and Kurosawa. After the film's release, the careers of each man took different arcs: Mifune continued to enjoy success with a range of samurai and war-themed films (Rebellion, Samurai Assassin, The Emperor and a General, among others). In contrast, Kurosawa's output of films dwindled and drew mixed responses. During this time, Kurosawa attempted suicide. In 1980, Mifune experienced popularity with mainstream American audiences through his role as Lord Toranaga in the television miniseries Shogun. Yet Kurosawa did not rejoice in his estranged friend's success, and publicly made derisive remarks about Shogun.[10]

According to his daughter, Mifune turned down an offer from George Lucas to play either Darth Vader or Obi-Wan Kenobi.[11]

Later life and death

Early in the 1980s, Mifune founded an acting school, Mifune Geijutsu Gakuin (). The school failed after only three years, due to mismanaged finances.[]

Mifune received wide acclaim in the West after playing Toranaga in the 1980 TV miniseries Shogun. However, the series' blunt portrayal of the Japanese shogunate and the greatly abridged version shown in Japan meant that it was not as well received in his homeland.[]

The relationship between Kurosawa and Mifune remained ambivalent. While Kurosawa made some very uncharitable comments about Mifune's acting, he also admitted in Interview magazine that "All the films that I made with Mifune, without him, they would not exist". He also presented Mifune with the Kawashita award which he himself had won two years prior. They finally made something of a reconciliation in 1993 at the funeral of their friend Ishir? Honda, though they never collaborated again.

The Mifune family tomb in Kawasaki, Kanagawa

In 1992, Mifune began suffering from a serious unknown health problem. It has been variously suggested that he destroyed his health with overwork, suffered a heart attack, or experienced a stroke. For whatever reason, he abruptly retreated from public life and remained largely confined to his home, cared for by his estranged wife Sachiko. When she succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 1995, Mifune's physical and mental state began to decline rapidly.[]

On Christmas Eve 1997, he died in Mitaka, Tokyo, of multiple organ failure at the age of 77. He was survived by his two sons, his daughter, a grandson and two granddaughters.

Honors

Mifune won Volpi Cup for Best Actor twice, in 1961 and 1965. Mifune was awarded the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon in 1986[12] and the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Japanese government in 1993.[13] In 1973 he was a member of the jury at the 8th Moscow International Film Festival.[14] In 1977 he was a member of the jury at the 10th Moscow International Film Festival.[15]

On November 14, 2016, Mifune received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in the motion pictures industry, located at 6912 Hollywood Boulevard.[16][17]

Personal quotations

Of Akira Kurosawa, Toshiro Mifune said, "I am proud of nothing I have done other than with him who can dance".[18]

Filmography

Films

Due to variations in translation from the Japanese and other factors, there are multiple titles to many of Mifune's films (see IMDB link). The titles shown here are the most common ones used in the United States, with the original Japanese title listed below it in parentheses.

Release Title Director Country Role Category Series
1947.08.05 Snow Trail
()
Senkichi Taniguchi
(?)
Japan Ejima
()
Drama / Action / Suspense
1947.10.12 These Foolish Times
( )
Kajir? Yamamoto
()
Japan Genzabur? ?no
()
Yakuza Drama / Comedy These Foolish Times [1]
()
1947.10.26 These Foolish Times Part 2
( )
Kajir? Yamamoto
()
Japan Genzabur? ?no
()
Yakuza Drama / Comedy These Foolish Times [2]
()
1948.04.27 Drunken Angel
()
Akira Kurosawa
()
Japan Matsunaga
()
Yakuza film
()
1949.03.13 The Quiet Duel
()
Akira Kurosawa
()
Japan Ky?ji Fujisaki
(?)
Drama
1949.07.11 Jakoman and Tetsu
()
Senkichi Taniguchi
(?)
Japan Tetsu
(?)
Drama
1949.10.17 Stray Dog
()
Akira Kurosawa
()
Japan Detective Murakami
(?)
Drama / Action / Suspense
1950.01.22 Conduct Report on Professor Ishinaka
(?)
Mikio Naruse
()
Japan Teisaku Nagasawa
(?)
Drama Professor Ishinaka [1]
(?)
1950.03.05 Escape from Prison
()
Kajir? Yamamoto
()
Japan Shinkichi
()
Drama
1950.04.26 Scandal
()
Akira Kurosawa
()
Japan Ichir? Aoe
(?)
Drama
1950.07.01 Engagement Ring
(?)
Keisuke Kinoshita
(?)
Japan Takeshi Ema
()
Drama / Romance
1950.08.26 Rashomon
()
Akira Kurosawa
()
Japan Taj?maru
()
Jidaigeki
()
1951.01.11 Beyond Love and Hate
()
Senkichi Taniguchi
(?)
Japan Gor? Sakata
(?)
Drama / Romance / Action
1951.02.22 Elegy
()
Mikio Naruse
()
Japan Prosecutor Daisuke Toki
()
Drama / Romance
1951.05.23 The Idiot
()
Akira Kurosawa
()
Japan Denkichi Akama
(?)
Drama / Romance
1951.07.13 Pirates
()
Hiroshi Inagaki
()
Japan Tora
(?)
Drama / Action
1951.08.03 Meeting of the Ghost Après-Guerre
()
Kiyoshi Saeki
()
Japan Kenji Kawakami (special appearance)
(? (?))
Drama / Romance Professor Ishinaka [2]
(?)
1951.10.26 Conclusion of Kojiro Sasaki: Duel at Ganryu Island
( )
Hiroshi Inagaki
()
Japan Musashi Miyamoto
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
1951.12.07 The Life of a Horsetrader
(?)
Keigo Kimura
(?)
Japan Yonetar? Katayama
()
Drama
1951.12.21 Who Knows a Woman's Heart
()
Kajir? Yamamoto
()
Japan Mizuno
()
Drama / Romance
1952.01.03 Vendetta for a Samurai
( )
Kazuo Mori
()
Japan Mataemon Araki
()
Jidaigeki
()
1952.03.05 Foghorn
()
Senkichi Taniguchi
(?)
Japan Chiyokichi
()
Drama / Romance
1952.04.17 The Life of Oharu
()
Kenji Mizoguchi
(?)
Japan Katsunosuke
()
Jidaigeki
()
1952.05.14 Golden Girl
()
Yasuki Chiba
(?)
Japan * supporting role * Drama
1952.05.22 Sword for Hire
(?)
Hiroshi Inagaki
()
Japan Hayatenosuke Sasa
()
Jidaigeki
()
1952.07.15 Tokyo Sweetheart (aka Jewels in our Hearts)
()
Yasuki Chiba
(?)
Japan Kurokawa
()
Drama / Comedy
1952.10.23 Swift Current
()
Senkichi Taniguchi
(?)
Japan Shunsuke Kosugi
(?)
Drama / Romance / Action
1952.11.27 The Man Who Came to Port
()
Ishir? Honda
()
Japan Gor? Niinuma
(?)
Drama
1953.01.15 My Wonderful Yellow Car
()
Senkichi Taniguchi
(?)
Japan Matsumura
()
Drama
1953.03.12 The Last Embrace
()
Masahiro Makino
()
Japan Shinkichi / Hayakawa (dual roles)
( / ())
Drama / Romance
1953.03.26 Love in a Teacup (aka Sunflower Girl)
()
Yasuki Chiba
(?)
Japan Ippei Hitachi
(?)
Drama
1953.10.21 Eagle of the Pacific
()
Ishir? Honda
()
Japan 1st Lieutenant J?ichi Tomonaga
()
World War II film
()
1954.04.26 Seven Samurai
(?)
Akira Kurosawa
()
Japan Kikuchiyo
()
Jidaigeki
()
1954.09.26 Samurai I : Musashi Miyamoto
(?)
Hiroshi Inagaki
()
Japan Musashi Miyamoto (Takez? Shinmen)
(? (?))
Jidaigeki
()
The Samurai Trilogy [1]
(?)
1954.10.20 The Sound of Waves
()
Senkichi Taniguchi
(?)
Japan Skipper of the Utashima-maru
()
Drama / Romance
1954.11.30 The Black Fury
()
Toshio Sugie
(?)
Japan Eiichi Tsuda
(?)
Action / Drama / Suspense
1955.01.03 The Merciless Boss: A Man Among Men
(? No.1)
Kajir? Yamamoto
()
Japan "Buick" Maki
(?)
Yakuza film
()
1955.01.29 All Is Well
(?)
Toshio Sugie
(?)
Japan Daikichi Risshun
(?)
Drama All is Well [1]
(?)
1955.02.20 All Is Well Part 2
()
Toshio Sugie
(?)
Japan Daikichi Risshun
(?)
Drama All is Well [2]
(?)
1955.05.10 No Time for Tears
(?)
Seiji Maruyama
(?)
Japan Mitsuo Yano
(?)
Drama
1955.07.12 Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple
( )
Hiroshi Inagaki
()
Japan Musashi Miyamoto
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
The Samurai Trilogy [2]
(?)
1955.11.22 I Live in Fear (aka Record of a Living Being)
(?)
Akira Kurosawa
()
Japan Kiichi Nakajima
(?)
Drama
1956.01.03 Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island
(? )
Hiroshi Inagaki
()
Japan Musashi Miyamoto
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
The Samurai Trilogy [3]
(?)
1956.01.29 Rainy Night Duel
()
Senkichi Taniguchi
(?)
Japan Masahiko Koseki
(?)
Judo film / Yakuza film
(?) / ()
1956.02.26 The Underworld
()
Kajir? Yamamoto
()
Japan Chief Inspector Kumada
()
Yakuza film
()
The Underworld [1]
()
1956.03.28 Settlement of Love
()
Shin Saburi
(?)
Japan Shuntar? ?hira
()
Drama / Romance
1956.05.03 A Wife's Heart
()
Mikio Naruse
()
Japan Kenkichi Takemura
(?)
Drama / Romance
1956.05.10 Scoundrel
(?)
Nobuo Aoyagi
(?)
Japan Kanji
()
Drama / Action
1956.08.08 Rebels on the High Seas
()
Hiroshi Inagaki
()
Japan Tokuz? Matsuo
(?)
Action / Adventure
1957.01.15 Throne of Blood (aka Spider Web Castle)
(?)
Akira Kurosawa
()
Japan Taketoki Washizu
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
1957.02.05 A Man in the Storm
()
Senkichi Taniguchi
(?)
Japan Sabur? Watari
()
Judo film / Yakuza film
(?) / ()
1957.02.19 Be Happy, These Two Lovers
()
Ishir? Honda
()
Japan Toshio Maruyama
(?)
Drama / Romance
1957.04.14 Yagyu Secret Scrolls Part 1
()
Hiroshi Inagaki
()
Japan Tasabur? Kasumi
()
Jidaigeki
()
Yagyu Secret Scrolls [1]
()
1957.07.30 A Dangerous Hero
()
Hideo Suzuki
(?)
Japan Athlete Kawada
(?)
Drama
1957.09.17 The Lower Depths
()
Akira Kurosawa
()
Japan Sutekichi (the thief)
( ())
Jidaigeki
()
1957.10.29 Downtown
()
Yasuki Chiba
(?)
Japan Yoshio Tsuruishi
(?)
Drama
1958.01.03 Yagyu Secret Scrolls Part 2
( ?)
Hiroshi Inagaki
()
Japan Tasabur? ?tsuki
()
Jidaigeki
()
Yagyu Secret Scrolls [2]
()
1958.04.15 Holiday in Tokyo
()
Kajir? Yamamoto
()
Japan Tenkai's nephew Jir?
(?)
Drama
1958.04.22 Muhomatsu, The Rikshaw Man
()
Hiroshi Inagaki
()
Japan Matsugor? Tomishima
()
Drama
1958.04.29 Yaji and Kita on the Road (aka The Happy Pilgrimage)
(?)
Yasuki Chiba
(?)
Japan Toshinoshin Taya
()
Jidaigeki
()
1958.05.26 All About Marriage
()
Kihachi Okamoto
(?)
Japan Acting teacher (cameo appearance)
( ())
Drama / Romance
1958.11.23 Theater of Life
(? )
Toshio Sugie
(?)
Japan Hishakaku
()
Yakuza film
()
1958.12.28 The Hidden Fortress
(?)
Akira Kurosawa
()
Japan Rokur?ta Makabe
()
Jidaigeki
()
1959.01.15 Boss of the Underworld
()
Kihachi Okamoto
(?)
Japan Daisuke Kashimura
(?)
Yakuza film
()
The Underworld [2]
()
1959.04.28 Samurai Saga
(?)
Hiroshi Inagaki
()
Japan Heihachir? Komaki
()
Jidaigeki
()
1959.08.09 The Saga of the Vagabonds
()
Toshio Sugie
(?)
Japan Rokur? Kai
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
1959.10.06 Desperado Outpost
()
Kihachi Okamoto
(?)
Japan Battalion Commander Kodama
(?)
World War II film
()
1959.10.25 The Three Treasures
(?)
Hiroshi Inagaki
()
Japan Prince Takeru Yamato / Prince Susano'o (dual roles)
(? / ())
Tokusatsu / Japanese mythology
() / (?)
1960.01.03 The Last Gunfight
()
Kihachi Okamoto
(?)
Japan Detective Sabur? Fujioka
()
Yakuza film
()
The Underworld [3]
()
1960.03.29 The Gambling Samurai
(?)
Senkichi Taniguchi
(?)
Japan Ch?ji Kunisada
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
1960.04.26 Storm Over the Pacific
( )
Sh?e Matsubayashi
(?)
Japan Tamon Yamaguchi
(?)
World War II film
()
1960.08.14 Man Against Man
()
Senkichi Taniguchi
(?)
Japan Kaji
(?)
Yakuza film
()
1960.09.15 The Bad Sleep Well
()
Akira Kurosawa
()
Japan K?ichi Nishi
()
Drama / Suspense
1960.12.25 Salaryman Chushingura Part 1
()
Toshio Sugie
(?)
Japan Kazuo Momoi
(?)
Drama / Comedy Salaryman Chushingura [1]
()
1961.01.03 The Story of Osaka Castle
()
Hiroshi Inagaki
()
Japan Mohei[19]
()
Jidaigeki
()
1961.02.25 Salaryman Chushingura Part 2
(?)
Toshio Sugie
(?)
Japan Kazuo Momoi
(?)
Drama / Comedy Salaryman Chushingura [2]
()
1961.04.25 Yojimbo (aka The Bodyguard)
()
Akira Kurosawa
()
Japan Sanj?r? Kuwabata
()
Jidaigeki
()
Sanj?r? [1]
()
1961.09.17 The Youth and his Amulet
(?)
Hiroshi Inagaki
()
Japan Fud? My?-?
(?)
Tokusatsu / Drama
(?) / ()
1961.11.03 Ánimas Trujano, the Important Man
(ÁNIMAS TRUJANO, EL HOMBRE IMPORTANTE)
Ismael Rodríguez Mexico Ánimas Trujano Cinema of Mexico
1962.01.01 Sanjuro
(?)
Akira Kurosawa
()
Japan Sanj?r? Tsubaki
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
Sanj?r? [2]
()
1962.04.29 Tatsu
()
Hiroshi Inagaki
()
Japan Tatsu
(?)
Drama
1962.06.01 Three Gentlemen Return from Hong Kong
(?)
Toshio Sugie
(?)
Japan Cho Chish? (Zhang Zhizhang) (cameo role)
( ())
Comedy
1962.11.03 Chushingura: Story of Flower, Story of Snow
( ?)
Hiroshi Inagaki
()
Japan Genba Tawaraboshi
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
1963.01.03 Attack Squadron!
()
Sh?e Matsubayashi
(?)
Japan Lt. Colonel Senda
(?)
World War II film
()
1963.03.01 High and Low (aka Heaven and Hell)
()
Akira Kurosawa
()
Japan Kingo Gond?
(?)
Drama / Suspense
1963.04.28 Legacy of the 500,000
(?)
Toshir? Mifune
(?)
Japan Takeichi Matsuo and Producer and Director
(? ? ? )
Drama / Action / Adventure
1963.10.26 The Great Bandit (aka The Lost World of Sinbad)
()
Senkichi Taniguchi
(?)
Japan Sukezaemon Naya (Sukezaemon Luzon)
( ())
Jidaigeki / Tokusatsu
() / ()
1964.01.13 Whirlwind
(? )
Hiroshi Inagaki
()
Japan Morishige Akashi
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
1965.01.03 Samurai Assassin (aka Samurai)
(?)
Kihachi Okamoto
(?)
Japan Tsuruchiyo Niiro
()
Jidaigeki
()
1965.04.03 Red Beard
()
Akira Kurosawa
()
Japan Dr. Kyoj? Niide (Red Beard)
( ())
Jidaigeki
()
1965.05.29 Sanshiro Sugata
(?)
Seiichir? Uchikawa
()
Japan Sh?gor? Yano
()
Judo film
(?)
1965.06.19 The Retreat from Kiska
( )
Seiji Maruyama
(?)
Japan Major General Omura
(?)
World War II film
()
1965.09.18 Fort Graveyard
()
Kihachi Okamoto
(?)
Japan Sergeant Kosugi
(?)
World War II film
()
1966.01.15 Rise Against the Sword (aka Wild Goemon)
()
Hiroshi Inagaki
()
Japan Shinobu no G?emon
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
1966.02.25 The Sword of Doom
(?)
Kihachi Okamoto
(?)
Japan Toranosuke Shimada[20]
()
Jidaigeki
()
1966.04.28 The Adventure of Kigan Castle
()
Senkichi Taniguchi
(?)
Japan ?sumi
()
Tokusatsu / Adventure
() / ()
1966.07.13 The Mad Atlantic
()
Jun Fukuda
()
Japan Heihachir? Murakami
()
Drama / Adventure
1966.12.21 Grand Prix John Frankenheimer U.S. Iz? Yamura
(?)
Auto racing drama
1967.05.27 Samurai Rebellion
(? )
Masaki Kobayashi
(?)
Japan Isabur? Sasahara
()
Jidaigeki
()
1967.08.03 Japan's Longest Day
(?)
Kihachi Okamoto
(?)
Japan Korechika Anami
(?)
World War II film
()
1968.02.17 The Sands of Kurobe
()
Kei Kumai
()
Japan Satoshi Kitagawa
()
Drama
1968.08.14 Admiral Yamamoto
( )
Seiji Maruyama
(?)
Japan Isoroku Yamamoto
()
World War II film
()
1968.11.23 The Day the Sun Rose (aka Gion Festival)
()
Tetsuya Yamanouchi
(?)
Japan Kumaza
()
Jidaigeki
()
1968.12.18 Hell in the Pacific John Boorman U.S. Captain Tsuruhiko Kuroda
()
World War II film
()
1969.03.01 Samurai Banners
(?)
Hiroshi Inagaki
()
Japan Kansuke Yamamoto
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
1969.07.15 Safari 5000
(?5000)
Koreyoshi Kurahara
(?)
Japan Y?ichir? Takase
()
Auto racing drama
1969.08.01 The Battle of the Japan Sea
()
Seiji Maruyama
(?)
Japan Heihachir? T?g?
()
Russo-Japanese War film
()
1969.10.10 Red Lion
()
Kihachi Okamoto
(?)
Japan Akage no Gonz? and Producer
( ? )
Jidaigeki
()
1969.12.05 Shinsengumi
()
Tadashi Sawashima
()
Japan Isami Kond? and Producer
( ? )
Jidaigeki
()
1970.01.15 Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo
(?)
Kihachi Okamoto
(?)
Japan Daisaku Sasa
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
1970.02.14 The Ambitious
()
Daisuke It?
(?)
Japan Sh?jir? Got?
()
Jidaigeki
()
1970.03.21 Incident at Blood Pass
(?)
Hiroshi Inagaki
()
Japan T?zabur? Shinogi and Producer
(? ? )
Jidaigeki
()
1970.06.06 The Walking Major
(?)
Keith Eric Burt Japan Tadao Kinugasa
(?)
Korean War film
1970.08.11 The Militarists
( )
Hiromichi Horikawa
(?)
Japan Isoroku Yamamoto
()
World War II film
()
1971.09.15 Red Sun Terence Young France / Italy / Spain J?bei Kuroda
()
Samurai / Spaghetti Western
1975.05.01 Paper Tiger Ken Annakin U.K. Ambassador Kagoyama
()
Drama / Action
1976.06.18 Midway Jack Smight U.S. Isoroku Yamamoto
()
World War II film
()
1977.10.08 Proof of the Man
()
Junya Sat?
(?)
Japan Y?hei K?ri (special appearance)
( (?))
Drama / Suspense
1977.10.29 Japanese Godfather: Ambition
( )
Sadao Nakajima
(?)
Japan K?suke ?ishi
(?)
Yakuza film
()
Japanese Godfather [2]
()
1978.01.21 Shogun's Samurai (aka The Yagyu Clan Conspiracy)
(?)
Kinji Fukasaku
(?)
Japan Yoshinao Tokugawa
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
1978.04.01 Shag (aka Dog Flute)
()
Sadao Nakajima
(?)
Japan Captain Takeo Murata
()
Drama / Action / Suspense
1978.06.03 Lady Ogin
(?)
Kei Kumai
()
Japan Hideyoshi Toyotomi
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
1978.09.09 Japanese Godfather: Conclusion
( )
Sadao Nakajima
(?)
Japan K?suke ?ishi
(?)
Yakuza film
()
Japanese Godfather [3]
()
1978.10.28 The Fall of Ako Castle
()
Kinji Fukasaku
(?)
Japan Chikara Tsuchiya
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
1978.12.23 Lord Incognito
(?)
Tetsuya Yamanouchi
(?)
Japan Sakuzaemon Okumura
()
Jidaigeki
()
1979.05.11 Winter Kills William Richert U.S. Keith (secretary)
( ())
Drama / Suspense
1979.07.14 The Adventures of Kosuke Kindaichi
()
Nobuhiko ?bayashi
(?)
Japan K?suke Kindaichi XI
(11)
Comedy / Mystery
1979.12.01 Onmitsu Doshin: The Edo Secret Police
()
Akinori Matsuo
(?)
Japan Sadanobu Matsudaira
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
1979.12.13 1941 Steven Spielberg U.S. Cmdr. Akiro Mitamura
()
Action / Comedy / WWII
1980.08.02 The Battle of Port Arthur (aka 203 Koichi)[21]
()
Toshio Masuda
(?)
Japan Emperor Meiji
(?)
Russo-Japanese War film
()
1980.11.09 Shogun [theatrical edit]
( SHOGUN)
Jerry London U.S. / Japan Toranaga Yoshii
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
Shogun [1]
()
1981 The Bushido Blade Tom Kotani
(?)
U.S. / U.K. / Japan Shogun's Commander Fukusai Hayashi
()
Jidaigeki
()
1981.05.04 Inchon! Terence Young U.S. Sait?-san
(?)
Korean War film
1982.07.23 The Challenge John Frankenheimer U.S. Toru Yoshida
()
Samurai / Action
1982.10.30 Conquest
()
Sadao Nakajima
(?)
Japan Masao Tadokoro
(?)
Yakuza film
()
1983.01.29 Theater of Life
(?)
Kinji Fukasaku (?)
Junya Sat? (?)
Sadao Nakajima (?)
Japan Hy?tar? Aonari (special appearance)
( (?))
Yakuza film
()
1983.06.04 Battle Anthem
( ?)
Toshio Masuda
(?)
Japan Heihachir? T?g?
()
Russo-Japanese War film
()
1984.04.28 The Miracle of Joe Petrel
()
Toshiya Fujita
(?)
Japan Fisherman
()
Drama / Action
1985.03.23 Legend of the Holy Woman
(?)
T?ru Murakawa
()
Japan K?z? Kanzaki (special appearance)
(? (?))
Drama / Crime / Romance
1986.01.15 Song of the Genkai Sea
(?)
Masanobu Deme
(?)
Japan Ky?bei Matsufuji
()
Drama / Comedy / Yakuza
1987 Shatterer (aka Sicilian Connection) Tonino Valerii Italy / Japan Murai
()
Drama / Action
1987.08.15 Tora-san Goes North
( ?)
Y?ji Yamada
(?)
Japan Junkichi Ueno
(?)
Drama / Comedy / Romance
1987.09.26 Princess from the Moon
(?)
Kon Ichikawa
()
Japan Taketori-no-Miyatsuko
(?)
Tokusatsu / Japanese folklore
() / ()
1989.04.15 The Demon Comes in Spring
(?)
Akira Kobayashi
()
Japan Kukkune no jî
()
Drama / Romance
1989.10.07 CF Girl
(CF)
Iz? Hashimoto
(?)
Japan Sh?ichir? Hase
()
Drama
1989.10.07 Death of a Tea Master
( )
Kei Kumai
()
Japan Sen no Riky?
()
Jidaigeki
()
1991.04.27 Strawberry Road
()
Koreyoshi Kurahara
(?)
Japan Taoka
()
Issei drama
1991.04.27 Journey of Honor
(? KABUTO)
Gordon Hessler U.S. / U.K. / Japan Ieyasu Tokugawa
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
Shogun [2]
()
1992.11.12 Shadow of the Wolf
(AGAGUK)
Jacques Dorfmann,
Pierre Magny
Canada / France Kroomak Inuit adventure
1995.04.28 Picture Bride Kayo Hatta U.S. The Benshi
()
Issei drama
1995.06.24 Deep River
()
Kei Kumai
()
Japan Tsukada
()
Drama

Television

All programs originally aired in Japan except for Sh?gun which aired in the U.S. on NBC in September 1980 before being subsequently broadcast in Japan on TV Asahi from March 30 to April 6, 1981.

All 'episodes' ran one-hour on TV, unless noted otherwise. All 'TV movies' and mini-series 'parts' ran two-hours on TV, unless noted otherwise.

Airdate Title Type Role Category
1967.05.11 He of the Sun
()
TV series - Episode 3
(30 min)
Himself (uncredited appearance)
( ())
TV drama
()
1968.10.08 -
1969.04.01
Five Freelance Samurai
()
TV series - Episodes 1,2,14,15,17,26 Jir? Yoshikage Funayama
()
Jidaigeki
()
1971.01.05 -
1971.12.28
Dai Chushingura
(?)
TV series - All 52 episodes Kuranosuke ?ishi
()
Jidaigeki
()
1972.01.04 -
1973.03.27
Ronin of the Wilderness [Season 1]
()
TV series - All 65 episodes Kuj?r? T?ge
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
1973.04.03 -
1973.12.25
Yojimbo of the Wilderness
()
TV series - Episodes 3,5,7,9,11 Kuj?r? T?ge (Wandering Lowly R?nin)
(? ())
Jidaigeki
()
1974.01.01 -
1974.09.24
Ronin of the Wilderness [Season 2]
()
TV series - All 39 episodes Kuj?r? T?ge
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
1975.04.01 -
1975.09.30
The Sword, the Wind, and the Lullaby
(?)
TV series - All 27 episodes J?zabur? Toride
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
1976.04.03 -
1976.09.25
The Secret Inspectors
()
TV series - Episodes 1,2,3,4,7,10,11,18,22,26 Naizen-no-sh? Tsukumo / Izu-no-kami Nobuakira Matsudaira (dual roles)
( / ? ())
Jidaigeki
()
1976.04.28 -
1976.09.22
Ronin in a Lawless Town
( ?)
TV series - All 23 episodes Mister Danna
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
1977.07.16 Edo Dragnet
()
TV series - Episode 301 Y?gen ?taki
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
1978.01.10 -
1978.09.26
Falcons of Edo
(? ?)
TV series - All 38 episodes Kanbei Uchiyama
()
Jidaigeki
()
1979.04.02 Edo o Kiru IV
(IV)
TV series - Episode 8 Sh?saku Chiba (special appearance)
(? (?))
Jidaigeki
()
1979 Prosecutor Saburo Kirishima
()
TV series - Episode ...?... Chief Prosecutor Mori (special appearance)
(? (?))
TV drama
()
1979 Ak? R?shi
(?)
TV series - Episode 30 Sakon Tachibana (special appearance)
(? (?))
Jidaigeki
()
1979.10.02 -
1980.03.25
Fangs of Edo
(?)
TV series - Episodes 1, 17, 26 Gunbei Asahina
()
Jidaigeki
()
1979.10.13 -
1979.12.29
Hideout in Room 7
(7)
TV series - 11 Episodes G?suke Saegusa
(?)
TV drama
()
1980.09.15 -
1980.09.19
Sh?gun
( SHOGUN)
TV mini-series - 5 parts [Note 1] Toranaga Yoshii
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
1980.12.27 It's 8 O'Clock! Everybody Gather 'Round
(8!?)
TV variety show - 1 episode [Note 2] Himself / Sakon Shima (big guest)
( / ())
Public variety show
()
1981.01.02 -
1981.01.04
Sekigahara
()
TV mini-series - 3 parts [Note 3] Sakon Shima
()
Jidaigeki
()
1981.05.15 -
1982.02.26
Ten Duels of Young Shingo
()
TV movie series - Parts 1 and 2 [Note 4] Tamon Umei
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
1981.07.09 My Daughter! Fly on the Wings of Love and Tears
(! )
TV movie TV drama
()
1981.09.29 Tuesday Suspense Theater: The Spherical Wilderness
( )
TV movie Kenichir? Nogami
()
TV drama
()
1981.10.20 -
1982.04.13
Bungo Detective Story
()
TV series - Episodes 5,10,13,18,26 Sh?saku Chiba (special appearances)
(? (?))
Jidaigeki
()
1981.10.30 -
1983.08.05
The Lowly Ronin
(?)
TV movie series - 6 parts Lowly R?nin Sh?t? Shunka
( ?)
Jidaigeki
()
1982.09.19 The Happy Yellow Handkerchief
(?)
TV series - Episode 4 Kenz? Shima
()
TV drama
()
1983.02.07 -
1983.02.10
The Brave Man Says Little
( )
TV series - All 4 episodes Ry?z? Kawana
(?)
TV drama
()
1983.11.03 The Women of Osaka Castle
(?)
TV movie Ieyasu Tokugawa
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
1983.11.10 The Secret of Cruel Valley
( )
TV movie Lowly R?nin
()
Jidaigeki
()
1984.01.08 -
1984.12.23
The Burning Mountain River
(?)
TV series - ...51... episodes Otoshichi Am?
(?)
WWII Taiga drama [22]
()
1984.04.02 Okita Soji: Swordsman of Fire
( ? ?)
TV movie Sh?sai Kond?
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
1984.08.26 Toshiba Sunday Theater #1442: Summer Encounter
( ?1442? )
TV movie Takeya ?nuki
(?)
TV drama
()
1987.09.10 Masterpiece Jidaigeki: National Advisor Breakthrough! Hikozaemon Geki
( !)
TV anthology series - Episode 21 Hikozaemon ?kubo
(?)
Jidaigeki
()
1990.04.20 Heaven and Earth: Dawn Episode
(?~)
TV movie Tamekage Nagao
(?)
Jidaigeki
()

Documentary

2016 film Mifune: The Last Samurai directed by Steven Okazaki.[22][23]

Notes

  1. ^ Shogun Parts 1 & 5: 159 minutes, Parts 2-4: 93 minutes (without commercials).
  2. ^ Mifune's appearance on It's 8 O'Clock! Everybody Gather 'Round was to promote the upcoming New Year's broadcast of Sekigahara. Mifune appeared on stage in a comedic samurai sketch wearing his Sakon Shima armor from the mini-series. In addition, Mifune sang with the "Little Singers of Tokyo" (?) in another segment.
  3. ^ Sekigahara Parts 1 & 2: 93 minutes, Part 3: 148 minutes (without commercials).
  4. ^ Ten Duels of Young Shingo Part 3, which did not feature Mifune but which concludes the story, aired on 1982.07.30.

References

  1. ^ Hunter, stephen (December 27, 1997). "Toshiro Mifune: a World-Class Talent Appreciation: Japanese star, who had a great actor's gift, made an indelible mark on international cinema". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ "95 years ago today: Actor Toshiro Mifune born". Akira Kurosawa info. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "Toshiro Mifune presented in Arts section". www.newsfinder.org. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ James E. Wise Jr.; Scott Baron. International Stars at War. p. 132.
  5. ^ Sharp, Jasper (2011). Historical Dictionary of Japanese Cinema. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. pp. 162-65. ISBN 9780810857957. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Rashomon". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Oddstuff, Toshiro Mifune and Sachiko Yoshimine' wedding,..." Oddstuff. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "A great photo spread of Toshiro Mifune's wedding to Sachiko Yoshimine in 1950. Eiga Fan, March 1950". Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ Kurosawa, Akira. Something like an autobiography. Translated by Audie Bock. p. 161.
  10. ^ "Akira Kurosawa Film director shocked by 'Shogun' - - Lawrence Journal-World Nov. 2, 1980 page 20". Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ "Toshiro Mifune turned down Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader roles". The Guardian. 2015.
  12. ^ "Toshiro Mifune -Biography-". www.mifuneproductions.co.jp. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ L'Harmattan web site (in French), Order with gold ribbon
  14. ^ "8th Moscow International Film Festival (1973)". MIFF. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  15. ^ "10th Moscow International Film Festival (1977)". MIFF. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  16. ^ "Toshiro Mifune | Hollywood Walk of Fame". www.walkoffame.com. Retrieved 2016.
  17. ^ "Hollywood Walk of Fame honors late samurai star Toshiro Mifune | The Japan Times". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2016.
  18. ^ Richie, Donald. The Films of Akira Kurosawa. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-22037-4.
  19. ^ Stuart Galbraith IV (May 16, 2008). The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography. Scarecrow Press. p. 177. ISBN 978-1-4616-7374-3.
  20. ^ Stuart Galbraith IV (May 16, 2008). The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography. Scarecrow Press. p. 227. ISBN 978-1-4616-7374-3.
  21. ^ The Battle of Port Arthur (203 Koshi) in the Internet Movie Database
  22. ^ "Trailer for Seven Samurai's Toshiro Mifune documentary released - Nerd Reactor". October 19, 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  23. ^ "'Seven Samurai' is So Much More Than the Original 'Magnificent Seven'". Retrieved 2018.

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