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Japan's first international superstar, Toshiro Mifune, was born April 1, 1920, in China to Japanese parents. A Japanese army veteran, Mifune won a talent contest after World War II and began a long and prosperous career with legendary director Akira Kurosawa.

As a master samurai swordsman, bandit or modern gangster, he led the postwar breakthrough of Japanese films in Stray Dog, Rashomon, Saikaku Ichidai Onna, The Seven Samurai, Macbeth, The Lower Depths, The Hidden Fortress and Yojimbo the Bodyguard. Several of these films were remade in America and other countries, often as Westerns or science fiction epics (or both). Mifune directed one film, 500,000 (1963).

As an established star by the mid-'60s, Mifune made occasional U.S. films, wherein he spoke limited English or was dubbed. Those included Grand Prix, Hell in the Pacific, Midway and 1941. He died Dec. 24, 1997.

Toshirô Mifune in  Mifune: The Last Samurai

Mifune: The Last Samurai

2016 NR

Renowned for his work in the films of Akira Kurosawa, actor Toshirô Mifune reigned supreme during the golden age of Japanese cinema. Through interviews with friends, family and colleagues, this film reveals the man and his influences.

  • Toshirô Mifune in Seven Samurai Seven Samurai
  • Toshirô Mifune in Yojimbo Yojimbo
  • Toshirô Mifune in The Hidden Fortress The Hidden Fortress
  • Toshirô Mifune in Rashomon Rashomon
  • Toshirô Mifune in Midway Midway
  • Toshirô Mifune in Throne of Blood Throne of Blood
  • Toshirô Mifune in Samurai Trilogy 1: Musashi Miyamoto Samurai Trilogy 1: Musashi Miyamoto
  • Toshirô Mifune in Red Beard Red Beard
  • Toshirô Mifune in 1941 1941
  • Toshirô Mifune in Scandal Scandal
  • Toshirô Mifune in The Lower Depths The Lower Depths
  • Toshirô Mifune in The Sword of Doom The Sword of Doom
  • Toshirô Mifune in Samurai Rebellion Samurai Rebellion
  • Toshirô Mifune in I Live in Fear: Record of a Living Being I Live in Fear: Record of a Living Being
  • Toshirô Mifune in High and Low High and Low
  • Toshirô Mifune in Drunken Angel Drunken Angel
  • Toshirô Mifune in The Idiot The Idiot
  • Toshirô Mifune in Samurai Trilogy 3: Duel at Ganryu Island Samurai Trilogy 3: Duel at Ganryu Island
  • Toshirô Mifune in Sanjuro Sanjuro
  • Toshirô Mifune in Grand Prix Grand Prix
  • Toshirô Mifune in Stray Dog Stray Dog
  • Toshirô Mifune in The Life of Oharu The Life of Oharu
  • Toshirô Mifune in Samurai Trilogy 2: Duel at Ichijoji Temple Samurai Trilogy 2: Duel at Ichijoji Temple
  • Toshirô Mifune in The Bad Sleep Well The Bad Sleep Well
  • Toshirô Mifune in Japan's Longest Day Japan's Longest Day
  • Toshirô Mifune in Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo
  • Toshirô Mifune in Red Lion Red Lion
  • Toshirô Mifune in The Bushido Blade The Bushido Blade
  • Toshirô Mifune in Samurai Assassin Samurai Assassin
  • Toshirô Mifune in Shogun Shogun
  • Toshirô Mifune in Ninjitsu / Ninja Hunt / Purple Hood Ninja Ninjitsu / Ninja Hunt / Purple Hood Ninja