Toshiro Mifune
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Toshirō Mifune was a Japanese
Japanese people
The are an ethnic group originating in the Japanese archipelago and are the predominant ethnic group of Japan. Worldwide, approximately 130 million people are of Japanese descent; of these, approximately 127 million are residents of Japan. People of Japanese ancestry who live in other countries...

 actor
Actor
An actor is a person who acts in a dramatic production and who works in film, television, theatre, or radio in that capacity...

 who appeared in almost 170 feature film
Feature film
In the film industry, a feature film is a film production made for initial distribution in theaters and being the main attraction of the screening, rather than a short film screened before it; a full length movie...

s. He is best known for his 16-film collaboration with filmmaker Akira Kurosawa
Akira Kurosawa
was a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter and editor. Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Kurosawa directed 30 filmsIn 1946, Kurosawa co-directed, with Hideo Sekigawa and Kajiro Yamamoto, the feature Those Who Make Tomorrow ;...

, from 1948 to 1965, in works such as Rashomon
Rashomon (film)
The bandit's storyTajōmaru, a notorious brigand , claims that he tricked the samurai to step off the mountain trail with him and look at a cache of ancient swords he discovered. In the grove he tied the samurai to a tree, then brought the woman there. She initially tried to defend herself with a...

, Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood
Throne of Blood
Throne of Blood is a 1957 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. Its original Japanese title is Kumonosu-jō , which means "Spider Web Castle". The film transposes the plot of William Shakespeare's play Macbeth to feudal Japan.-Plot:...

, and Yojimbo. He is also popular for portraying Musashi Miyamoto in Hiroshi Inagaki
Hiroshi Inagaki
was a Japanese filmmaker most known for the Academy Award-winning Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto, which he directed in 1954.-Career:Born in Tokyo as the son of a shinpa actor, Inagaki appeared on stage in his childhood before joining the Nikkatsu studio as an actor in 1922...

's Samurai Trilogy
Samurai Trilogy
The Samurai Trilogy is a film trilogy directed by Hiroshi Inagaki and starring Toshirō Mifune as Musashi Miyamoto and Koji Tsuruta as Kojirō Sasaki...

.
Toshirō Mifune was born in Qingdao
Qingdao
' also known in the West by its postal map spelling Tsingtao, is a major city with a population of over 8.715 million in eastern Shandong province, Eastern China. Its built up area, made of 7 urban districts plus Jimo city, is home to about 4,346,000 inhabitants in 2010.It borders Yantai to the...

, China
Republic of China
The Republic of China , commonly known as Taiwan , is a unitary sovereign state located in East Asia. Originally based in mainland China, the Republic of China currently governs the island of Taiwan , which forms over 99% of its current territory, as well as Penghu, Kinmen, Matsu and other minor...

, to Japanese Methodist parents, and grew up in the Chinese city of Dalian
Dalian
Dalian is a major city and seaport in the south of Liaoning province, Northeast China. It faces Shandong to the south, the Yellow Sea to the east and the Bohai Sea to the west and south. Holding sub-provincial administrative status, Dalian is the southernmost city of Northeast China and China's...

 with his parents and two siblings.
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Toshirō Mifune was a Japanese
Japanese people
The are an ethnic group originating in the Japanese archipelago and are the predominant ethnic group of Japan. Worldwide, approximately 130 million people are of Japanese descent; of these, approximately 127 million are residents of Japan. People of Japanese ancestry who live in other countries...

 actor
Actor
An actor is a person who acts in a dramatic production and who works in film, television, theatre, or radio in that capacity...

 who appeared in almost 170 feature film
Feature film
In the film industry, a feature film is a film production made for initial distribution in theaters and being the main attraction of the screening, rather than a short film screened before it; a full length movie...

s. He is best known for his 16-film collaboration with filmmaker Akira Kurosawa
Akira Kurosawa
was a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter and editor. Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Kurosawa directed 30 filmsIn 1946, Kurosawa co-directed, with Hideo Sekigawa and Kajiro Yamamoto, the feature Those Who Make Tomorrow ;...

, from 1948 to 1965, in works such as Rashomon
Rashomon (film)
The bandit's storyTajōmaru, a notorious brigand , claims that he tricked the samurai to step off the mountain trail with him and look at a cache of ancient swords he discovered. In the grove he tied the samurai to a tree, then brought the woman there. She initially tried to defend herself with a...

, Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood
Throne of Blood
Throne of Blood is a 1957 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. Its original Japanese title is Kumonosu-jō , which means "Spider Web Castle". The film transposes the plot of William Shakespeare's play Macbeth to feudal Japan.-Plot:...

, and Yojimbo. He is also popular for portraying Musashi Miyamoto in Hiroshi Inagaki
Hiroshi Inagaki
was a Japanese filmmaker most known for the Academy Award-winning Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto, which he directed in 1954.-Career:Born in Tokyo as the son of a shinpa actor, Inagaki appeared on stage in his childhood before joining the Nikkatsu studio as an actor in 1922...

's Samurai Trilogy
Samurai Trilogy
The Samurai Trilogy is a film trilogy directed by Hiroshi Inagaki and starring Toshirō Mifune as Musashi Miyamoto and Koji Tsuruta as Kojirō Sasaki...

.

Early life

Toshirō Mifune was born in Qingdao
Qingdao
' also known in the West by its postal map spelling Tsingtao, is a major city with a population of over 8.715 million in eastern Shandong province, Eastern China. Its built up area, made of 7 urban districts plus Jimo city, is home to about 4,346,000 inhabitants in 2010.It borders Yantai to the...

, China
Republic of China
The Republic of China , commonly known as Taiwan , is a unitary sovereign state located in East Asia. Originally based in mainland China, the Republic of China currently governs the island of Taiwan , which forms over 99% of its current territory, as well as Penghu, Kinmen, Matsu and other minor...

, to Japanese Methodist parents, and grew up in the Chinese city of Dalian
Dalian
Dalian is a major city and seaport in the south of Liaoning province, Northeast China. It faces Shandong to the south, the Yellow Sea to the east and the Bohai Sea to the west and south. Holding sub-provincial administrative status, Dalian is the southernmost city of Northeast China and China's...

 with his parents and two siblings. In his youth, Mifune worked in the photography
Photography
Photography is the art, science and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film...

 shop of his father Tokuzo, a commercial photographer and import
Import
The term import is derived from the conceptual meaning as to bring in the goods and services into the port of a country. The buyer of such goods and services is referred to an "importer" who is based in the country of import whereas the overseas based seller is referred to as an "exporter". Thus...

er who had emigrated from northern Japan. After spending the first 19 years of his life in China, during which there is evidence that he worked as a Methodist missionary, as a Japanese citizen he was drafted into the Imperial Japanese Army
Imperial Japanese Army
-Foundation:During the Meiji Restoration, the military forces loyal to the Emperor were samurai drawn primarily from the loyalist feudal domains of Satsuma and Chōshū...

 Aviation, where he served in the Aerial Photography (Ko-type) unit during World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

. He repatriated
Repatriation
Repatriation is the process of returning a person back to one's place of origin or citizenship. This includes the process of returning refugees or soldiers to their place of origin following a war...

 to Japan in 1946.

Early work

In 1947, one of Mifune's friends who worked for the Photography Department of Toho Productions
Toho
is a Japanese film, theater production, and distribution company. It is headquartered in Yūrakuchō, Chiyoda, Tokyo, and is one of the core companies of the Hankyu Hanshin Toho Group...

 suggested Mifune try out for the Photography Department. He was accepted for a position as an assistant cameraman. However, the union was affiliated with the Communist party, which made Mifune, a religiously conservative man, very uncomfortable.

At this time, a large number of Toho
Toho
is a Japanese film, theater production, and distribution company. It is headquartered in Yūrakuchō, Chiyoda, Tokyo, and is one of the core companies of the Hankyu Hanshin Toho Group...

 actors, after a prolonged strike
Strike action
Strike action, also called labour strike, on strike, greve , or simply strike, is a work stoppage caused by the mass refusal of employees to work. A strike usually takes place in response to employee grievances. Strikes became important during the industrial revolution, when mass labour became...

, 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 Kajiro Yamamoto
Kajirō Yamamoto
was a Japanese film director, screenwriter, and actor who was known for his war films and comedies and as the mentor of Akira Kurosawa.-Early life:Born in Tokyo, Yamamoto attended Keio University where he helped form a film appreciation society...

. Instructed to mime anger
Anger
Anger is an automatic response to ill treatment. It is the way a person indicates he or she will not tolerate certain types of behaviour. It is a feedback mechanism in which an unpleasant stimulus is met with an unpleasant response....

, he drew from his wartime experiences. Yamamoto took a liking to Mifune, recommending him to director Senkichi Taniguchi
Senkichi Taniguchi
was a Japanese film director and screenwriter.Born in Tokyo, Japan, he attended Waseda University but left before graduating due to his involvement in a left-wing theater troupe. He joined P.C.L...

. This led to Mifune's first feature role, in Shin Baka Jidai.

Marriage

One of 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.

Yoshimine's parents were strongly opposed to the union. Mifune was doubly an outsider, being a non-Buddhist as well as a native Manchuria
Manchuria
Manchuria is a historical name given to a large geographic region in northeast Asia. Depending on the definition of its extent, Manchuria usually falls entirely within the People's Republic of China, or is sometimes divided between China and Russia. The region is commonly referred to as Northeast...

n. His choice of profession also made him suspect, as actors were generally assumed to be irresponsible and financially incapable of supporting a family.

Director Senkichi Taniguchi, with the help of Akira Kurosawa, convinced the Yoshimine family to allow the marriage. It took place in February 1950. In November of the same year, their first son, Shirō 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
Akira Kurosawa
was a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter and editor. Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Kurosawa directed 30 filmsIn 1946, Kurosawa co-directed, with Hideo Sekigawa and Kajiro Yamamoto, the feature Those Who Make Tomorrow ;...

 made him the most famous Japanese actor of his time, and easily the best known to Western audiences. He often portrayed a samurai
Samurai
is the term for the military nobility of pre-industrial Japan. According to translator William Scott Wilson: "In Chinese, the character 侍 was originally a verb meaning to wait upon or accompany a person in the upper ranks of society, and this is also true of the original term in Japanese, saburau...

 or ronin
Ronin
A or rounin was a Bushi with no lord or master during the feudal period of Japan. A samurai became masterless from the death or fall of his master, or after the loss of his master's favor or privilege....

, who was 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
Sanjuro
is a 1962 black-and-white Japanese samurai film directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshirō Mifune. It is a sequel to Kurosawa's previous film Yojimbo, with Mifune reprising his role as a wandering ronin...

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. Mifune's portrayal of Musashi Miyamoto in Hiroshi Inagaki
Hiroshi Inagaki
was a Japanese filmmaker most known for the Academy Award-winning Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto, which he directed in 1954.-Career:Born in Tokyo as the son of a shinpa actor, Inagaki appeared on stage in his childhood before joining the Nikkatsu studio as an actor in 1922...

's Samurai Trilogy
Samurai Trilogy
The Samurai Trilogy is a film trilogy directed by Hiroshi Inagaki and starring Toshirō Mifune as Musashi Miyamoto and Koji Tsuruta as Kojirō Sasaki...

is deliberately made to become the epitome of samurai honour and manners.

Mifune was famous for his self-deprecating sense of humor, which often found its way into his film roles. He was renowned for the effort he put into his performances. To prepare for Seven Samurai and Rashomon
Rashomon (film)
The bandit's storyTajōmaru, a notorious brigand , claims that he tricked the samurai to step off the mountain trail with him and look at a cache of ancient swords he discovered. In the grove he tied the samurai to a tree, then brought the woman there. She initially tried to defend herself with a...

, Mifune reportedly studied footage of lion
Lion
The lion is one of the four big cats in the genus Panthera, and a member of the family Felidae. With some males exceeding 250 kg in weight, it is the second-largest living cat after the tiger...

s in the wild; for Ánimas Trujano
Ánimas Trujano
Ánimas Trujano is a 1962 Mexican film directed by Ismael Rodríguez, based on a novel by Rogelio Barriga Rivas...

, he studied tapes of Mexican
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

 actors speaking, so he could recite all his lines in Spanish
Spanish language
Spanish , also known as Castilian , is a Romance language in the Ibero-Romance group that evolved from several languages and dialects in central-northern Iberia around the 9th century and gradually spread with the expansion of the Kingdom of Castile into central and southern Iberia during the...

. In his earliest film roles in English
English language
English is a West Germanic language that arose in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England and spread into what was to become south-east Scotland under the influence of the Anglian medieval kingdom of Northumbria...

 like Grand Prix, made in 1966, he learned his lines phonetically. This met with limited success and his voice was often dubbed by Paul Frees
Paul Frees
Paul Frees was an American voice actor and character actor.-Biography:He was born Solomon Hersh Frees in Chicago...

. By the time he made Red Sun
Red Sun
Red Sun is a Western film, one of few with an international cast. It stars U.S.-born actor Charles Bronson, Japanese actor Toshirō Mifune, French actor Alain Delon and Swiss actress Ursula Andress. It was filmed in Spain by the British director Terence Young. It was released in Europe in 1971 and...

in 1971 he had become somewhat more proficient in the language and his voice is heard throughout this multinational western. He was always disappointed that he did not have a larger career in the West. His most prominent English-language role was probably playing Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
Isoroku Yamamoto
was a Japanese Naval Marshal General and the commander-in-chief of the Combined Fleet during World War II, a graduate of the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy and a student of Harvard University ....

 in Midway
Midway (film)
Midway is a 1976 war film directed by Jack Smight and produced byWalter Mirisch from a screenplay by Donald S. Sanford. The music score was by John Williams and the cinematography by Harry Stradling, Jr...

(for which he was again dubbed by Frees).

Mifune has been credited as originating the "roving warrior" archetype
Stock character
A Stock character is a fictional character based on a common literary or social stereotype. Stock characters rely heavily on cultural types or names for their personality, manner of speech, and other characteristics. In their most general form, stock characters are related to literary archetypes,...

, which he perfected during his collaboration with Kurosawa. Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
Clinton "Clint" Eastwood, Jr. is an American film actor, director, producer, composer and politician. Eastwood first came to prominence as a supporting cast member in the TV series Rawhide...

 was among the first of many American
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 actors to adopt this persona
Persona
A persona, in the word's everyday usage, is a social role or a character played by an actor. The word is derived from Latin, where it originally referred to a theatrical mask. The Latin word probably derived from the Etruscan word "phersu", with the same meaning, and that from the Greek πρόσωπον...

, which he used to great effect in his Western roles, especially the Spaghetti Western
Spaghetti Western
Spaghetti Western, also known as Italo-Western, is a nickname for a broad sub-genre of Western films that emerged in the mid-1960s in the wake of Sergio Leone's unique and much copied film-making style and international box-office success, so named by American critics because most were produced and...

s made with Sergio Leone
Sergio Leone
Sergio Leone was an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter most associated with the "Spaghetti Western" genre.Leone's film-making style includes juxtaposing extreme close-up shots with lengthy long shots...

, where he played a similar "Man with No Name
Man with No Name
The man with no name is a stock character in Western films, but the term usually applies specifically to the character played by Clint Eastwood in Sergio Leone's "Dollars Trilogy."...

" character like Mifune did in Yojimbo. Mifune may also be credited with originating the Yakuza
Yakuza
, also known as , are members of traditional organized crime syndicates in Japan. The Japanese police, and media by request of the police, call them bōryokudan , literally "violence group", while the yakuza call themselves "ninkyō dantai" , "chivalrous organizations". The yakuza are notoriously...

 archetype, with his performance as a mobster in Kurosawa's Drunken Angel
Drunken Angel
is a 1948 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. It is notable for being the first of sixteen film collaborations between director Kurosawa and actor Toshirō Mifune.- Plot :...

(1948), the first Yakuza film
Yakuza film
is a popular film genre in Japanese cinema which focuses on the lives and dealings of yakuza, also referred to as the Japanese Mafia.-Ninkyo eiga:...

.

Most of the sixteen Kurosawa–Mifune films are considered cinema classics. These include Drunken Angel, Stray Dog
Stray Dog (film)
is a 1949 film noir police procedural directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring frequent collaborators Toshirō Mifune and Takashi Shimura.-Plot:Action takes place during a heatwave in a bombed-out, post-war Tokyo...

, Rashomon, Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, High and Low, Throne of Blood
Throne of Blood
Throne of Blood is a 1957 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. Its original Japanese title is Kumonosu-jō , which means "Spider Web Castle". The film transposes the plot of William Shakespeare's play Macbeth to feudal Japan.-Plot:...

(an adaptation of Shakespeare's
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon"...

 Macbeth
Macbeth
The Tragedy of Macbeth is a play by William Shakespeare about a regicide and its aftermath. It is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy and is believed to have been written sometime between 1603 and 1607...

), Yojimbo, and Sanjuro. (See filmography, below)

Mifune and Kurosawa finally parted ways after Red Beard
Red Beard
is a 1965 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa about the relationship between a town doctor and his new trainee. The film was based on Shūgorō Yamamoto's short story collection, Akahige shinryotan . Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel The Insulted and the Injured provided the source for a subplot about a...

. 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 apparently 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.

Later life and death

Early in the 1980s, Mifune founded an acting school
Drama school
A drama school or theatre school is an undergraduate and/or graduate school or department at a college or university; or a free-standing institution ; which specialises in the pre-professional training in drama and theatre arts, such as acting, design and technical theatre, arts administration, and...

, Mifune Geijutsu Gakuin . The school failed after only three years, due to mismanaged finances.

Mifune received wider audience acclaim in the West than he ever had 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. It deepened the rift with Kurosawa, virtually ensuring that they would not work together again.

The relationship between the two men remained ambivalent. While Kurosawa made some very uncharitable comments about Mifune's acting, he also admitted in an interview 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
Japanese funeral
A Japanese funeral A Japanese funeral A Japanese funeral (葬儀 sōgi or 葬式 sōshiki)includes a wake, the cremation of the deceased, a burial in a family grave, and a periodic memorial service. According to 2007 statistics, 99.81% of deceased Japanese are cremated...

 of their friend Ishirō Honda
Ishiro Honda
Ishirō Honda , sometimes miscredited in foreign releases as "Inoshiro Honda", was a Japanese film director...

. After making tenuous eye contact, they tearfully embraced one another, ending nearly three decades of mutual avoidance. They never collaborated again, nor did they have a chance to restore their friendship fully. Both died within a year of the other.

In 1992, Mifune began suffering from a serious unknown health problem. It has been variously suggested that he destroyed his health with overwork
Karoshi
, which can be translated literally from Japanese as "death from overwork", is occupational sudden death. Although this category has a significant count, Japan is one of the few countries that reports it in the statistics as a separate category...

, suffered a heart attack
Myocardial infarction
Myocardial infarction or acute myocardial infarction , commonly known as a heart attack, results from the interruption of blood supply to a part of the heart, causing heart cells to die...

, or experienced a stroke
Stroke
A stroke, previously known medically as a cerebrovascular accident , is the rapidly developing loss of brain function due to disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. This can be due to ischemia caused by blockage , or a hemorrhage...

. 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
Pancreatic cancer
Pancreatic cancer refers to a malignant neoplasm of the pancreas. The most common type of pancreatic cancer, accounting for 95% of these tumors is adenocarcinoma, which arises within the exocrine component of the pancreas. A minority arises from the islet cells and is classified as a...

 in 1995, Mifune's physical and mental state began to decline rapidly.

In 1997, he died in Mitaka
Mitaka, Tokyo
is a city located in Tokyo, Japan. As of 1 November 2010, the city has an estimated population of 176,737. The total area is 16.50 km² and is about 50 – 55 meters above sea level...

, Tokyo
Tokyo
, ; officially , is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the largest metropolitan area of Japan. It is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family...

, Japan
Japan
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...

, of multiple organ failure
Multiple organ dysfunction syndrome
Multiple organ dysfunction syndrome ', previously known as multiple organ failure or multisystem organ failure , is altered organ function in an acutely ill patient requiring medical intervention to achieve homeostasis...

 at the age of 77.

Honors

Mifune was awarded the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon
Medals of Honor (Japan)
Since the late 19th Century, the Government of Japan has issued six different types of to individuals for achievements in various fields.The Medals of Honor were established on December 7, 1881, and were first awarded the following year. Several expansions and amendments have been made since then...

 in 1986 and the Order of the Sacred Treasure
Order of the Sacred Treasure
The is a Japanese Order, established on January 4, 1888 by Emperor Meiji of Japan as the Order of Meiji. It is awarded in eight classes . It is generally awarded for long and/or meritorious service and considered to be the lowest of the Japanese orders of merit...

 by the Japanese government in 1993.

Personal quotations

Of Akira Kurosawa, Mifune said, "I am proud of nothing I have done other than with him".

Akira Kurosawa meeting Toshiro Mifune

Kurosawa first encountered Mifune 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 an actress he knew 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 an exhausted Mifune finished his scene, he sat down and gave the judges an ominous stare. He promptly lost the competition. Kurosawa, however, had found his muse. "I am a person rarely impressed by actors," he later said. "But in the case of Mifune I was completely overwhelmed."

Filmography

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 titles used in the United States.
  • 1947 Snow Trail
    Snow Trail
    Snow Trail is a 1947 black-and-white Japanese film directed by Senkichi Taniguchi. It was the first film role for Toshirō Mifune, later to become one of Japan's most famous actors. Mifune and the other main actor in the film Takashi Shimura, later became long-term collaborators of film director...

    - directed by Senkichi Taniguchi
    Senkichi Taniguchi
    was a Japanese film director and screenwriter.Born in Tokyo, Japan, he attended Waseda University but left before graduating due to his involvement in a left-wing theater troupe. He joined P.C.L...

  • 1947 These Foolish Times - Parts 1 & 2 - directed by Kajiro Yamamoto
    Kajirō Yamamoto
    was a Japanese film director, screenwriter, and actor who was known for his war films and comedies and as the mentor of Akira Kurosawa.-Early life:Born in Tokyo, Yamamoto attended Keio University where he helped form a film appreciation society...

  • 1948 Drunken Angel
    Drunken Angel
    is a 1948 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. It is notable for being the first of sixteen film collaborations between director Kurosawa and actor Toshirō Mifune.- Plot :...

    - directed by Akira Kurosawa
    Akira Kurosawa
    was a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter and editor. Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Kurosawa directed 30 filmsIn 1946, Kurosawa co-directed, with Hideo Sekigawa and Kajiro Yamamoto, the feature Those Who Make Tomorrow ;...

  • 1949 The Quiet Duel
    The Quiet Duel
    is a 1949 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa.-Plot:Toshirō Mifune plays a young idealistic doctor who works at his father's clinic in a small and seedy district. During the war, he contracts syphilis from the blood of a patient when he cuts himself during an operation...

    - directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • 1949 Jakoman and Tetsu - directed by Senkichi Taniguchi
  • 1949 Stray Dog
    Stray Dog (film)
    is a 1949 film noir police procedural directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring frequent collaborators Toshirō Mifune and Takashi Shimura.-Plot:Action takes place during a heatwave in a bombed-out, post-war Tokyo...

    - directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • 1950 Escape at Dawn
    Escape at Dawn
    is a 1950 Japanese film which revolves around a tragic affair between a soldier involved in the Manchurian campaign and a prostitute.-Synopsis:Mikami, a Japanese soldier serving in China, is captured by Chinese forces. Although he is able to escape, he is treated with contempt by his peers...

    - directed by Senkichi Taniguchi
  • 1950 Conduct Report on Professor Ishinaka - Directed by Mikio Naruse
    Mikio Naruse
    was a Japanese filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer who directed some 89 films spanning the period 1930 to 1967.Naruse is known for imbuing his films with a bleak and pessimistic outlook...

  • 1950 Scandal
    Scandal (1950 film)
    is a 1950 film written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film stars Toshirō Mifune, Takashi Shimura and Shirley Yamaguchi.-Plot:Ichiro Aoye , an artist, meets a famous young classical singer, Miyako Saijo whilst working on his paintings in the mountains...

    - directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • 1950 Engagement Ring - directed by Keisuke Kinoshita
    Keisuke Kinoshita
    was a Japanese film director.Although lesser known internationally than his fellow filmmakers such as Akira Kurosawa , Kenji Mizoguchi and Yasujirō Ozu , Keisuke Kinoshita was nonetheless a household figure at home beloved by audience and critics alike, especially in the forties through the sixties...

  • 1950 Rashomon
    Rashomon (film)
    The bandit's storyTajōmaru, a notorious brigand , claims that he tricked the samurai to step off the mountain trail with him and look at a cache of ancient swords he discovered. In the grove he tied the samurai to a tree, then brought the woman there. She initially tried to defend herself with a...

    - directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • 1951 Beyond Love and Hate - directed by Senkichi Taniguchi
  • 1951 Elegy
    Elegy (film)
    Elegy is a 2008 drama directed by Spanish director Isabel Coixet and based on a Philip Roth novel, The Dying Animal. Staring Penélope Cruz and Ben Kingsley. The film is set in New York City, but was filmed in Vancouver.-Plot:...

    - directed by Kajiro Yamamoto
    Kajirō Yamamoto
    was a Japanese film director, screenwriter, and actor who was known for his war films and comedies and as the mentor of Akira Kurosawa.-Early life:Born in Tokyo, Yamamoto attended Keio University where he helped form a film appreciation society...

  • 1951 The Idiot - directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • 1951 Pirates - directed by Hiroshi Inagaki
    Hiroshi Inagaki
    was a Japanese filmmaker most known for the Academy Award-winning Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto, which he directed in 1954.-Career:Born in Tokyo as the son of a shinpa actor, Inagaki appeared on stage in his childhood before joining the Nikkatsu studio as an actor in 1922...

  • 1951 Meeting of the Ghost Après-Guerre - directed by Kiyoshi Saeki
  • 1951 Conclusion of Kojiro Sasaki-Duel at Ganryu Island directed by Hiroshi Inagaki - This was the first, but not the last, time that Mifune played Musashi Miyamoto
  • 1951 The Life of a Horsetrader - directed by Keigo Kimura
  • 1951 Who Knows a Woman's Heart - directed by Kajiro Yamamoto
  • 1952 Vendetta for a Samurai - directed by Kazuo Mori
    Kazuo Mori
    was a Japanese film director. He directed films from 1930s to 1970s.- Filmography :Kazuo Mori directed 131 films:* * Fighting Fire Fighter...

  • 1952 Foghorn - directed by Senkichi Taniguchi
  • 1952 The Life of Oharu
    The Life of Oharu
    is a 1952 historical fiction black-and-white film by director Kenji Mizoguchi starring Kinuyo Tanaka as Oharu, a one-time concubine of a daimyō who struggles to escape the stigma of having been sold into prostitution by her father...

    - directed by Kenji Mizoguchi
  • 1952 Jewels in our Hearts - directed by Yasuke Chiba
  • 1952 Swift Current - directed by Senkichi Taniguchi
  • 1952 The Man Who Came to Port
    The Man Who Came to Port
    is a 1952 Japanese film directed by Ishirō Honda....

    - directed by Ishirō Honda
    Ishiro Honda
    Ishirō Honda , sometimes miscredited in foreign releases as "Inoshiro Honda", was a Japanese film director...

  • 1953 My Wonderful Yellow Car - directed by Senkichi Taniguchi
  • 1953 The Last Embrace - directed by Masahiro Makino
    Masahiro Makino
    was a Japanese film director of more than 260 films, primarily in the chanbara and yakuza genres. His real name was Masatada , but he took the stage name Masahiro, the kanji for which he changed multiple times .-Career:...

  • 1953 Love in a Teacup - directed by Yasuke Chiba
  • 1953 The Eagle of the Pacific - directed by Ishiro Honda
  • 1954 Seven Samurai - directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • 1954-56 Samurai Trilogy
    Samurai Trilogy
    The Samurai Trilogy is a film trilogy directed by Hiroshi Inagaki and starring Toshirō Mifune as Musashi Miyamoto and Koji Tsuruta as Kojirō Sasaki...

    - directed by Hiroshi Inagaki
    • 1954 Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
      Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
      is a 1954 color Japanese film by Hiroshi Inagaki starring Toshirō Mifune. It is the first film of Inagaki's Samurai Trilogy of historical adventures. The film is adapted from Eiji Yoshikawa's novel Musashi. The novel is loosely based on the life of the famous Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi...

    • 1955 Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple
      Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple
      is a color 1955 Japanese film directed by Hiroshi Inagaki starring Toshirō Mifune. It is the second film of the Samurai Trilogy. The film is adapted from Eiji Yoshikawa's novel Musashi...

    • 1956 Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island
      Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island
      is a 1956 color Japanese film directed by Hiroshi Inagaki starring Toshirō Mifune. It is the third film of the Samurai Trilogy. The film is adapted from Eiji Yoshikawa's novel Musashi...

  • 1954 The Sound of Waves - directed by Senkichi Taniguchi
  • 1954 The Black Fury - directed by Toshio Sugie
    Toshio Sugie
    was a Japanese film director. He directed films from the 1940s to the 1960s.- Filmography :* So Young, So Bright * Romantic Daughters...

  • 1955 A Man Among Men - directed by Kajiro Yamamoto
  • 1955 All Is Well - Part 1 & 2 - directed by Toshio Sugie
  • 1955 No Time for Tears
    No Time For Tears
    "No Time for Tears" is a song by The Enemy from their second album Music For The People.The song debuted on Radio 1 at 7pm on the 16/2/09. Following the premier of the song, the band were interviewed to discuss their "New Punk Sound". The song entered the UK Singles Chart at #16 on 19 April 2009,...

    - directed by Seiji Maruyama
  • 1955 Record of a Living Being aka I Live in Fear
    I Live in Fear
    is a 1955 Japanese film written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. It was co-written by Shinobu Hashimoto, Fumio Hayasaka, and Hideo Oguni.The film stars Kurosawa regulars Toshirō Mifune and Takashi Shimura. It is in black-and-white and runs 103 minutes. The film was entered into the 1956 Cannes Film...

    - directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • 1956 Rainy Night Duel - directed by Senkichi Taniguchi
  • 1956 The Underworld - directed by Kajiro Yamamoto
  • 1956 Settlement of Love - directed by Shin Saburi
    Shin Saburi
    Shin Saburi was a Japanese film actor noted for his leading roles in a number of films by the director Yasujiro Ozu including Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family , Tea Over Rice , Equinox Flower and Late Autumn .-Selected filmography:* 1941 Brothers and...

  • 1956 A Wife's Heart
    A Wife's Heart
    is a 1956 black and white Japanese film directed by Mikio Naruse.-External links: http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1956/cf002010.htm...

    - directed by Mikio Naruse
  • 1956 Scoundrel
    Scoundrel
    Scoundrel is a thriller book written by English author Bernard Cornwell. The story of the book is set in Europe, in 1990, just after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. It features Paul Shanahan, a Bostonian, who had moved to Europe in his role a member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army...

    - directed by Nabuo Aoyagi
  • 1956 Rebels on the High Seas - directed by Hiroshi Inagaki
  • 1957 Throne of Blood
    Throne of Blood
    Throne of Blood is a 1957 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. Its original Japanese title is Kumonosu-jō , which means "Spider Web Castle". The film transposes the plot of William Shakespeare's play Macbeth to feudal Japan.-Plot:...

    aka Spider Web Castle - directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • 1957 A Man in the Storm - directed by Senkichi Taniguchi
  • 1957 Be Happy, These Two Lovers
    Be Happy, These Two Lovers
    is a 1957 Japanese film directed by Ishirō Honda....

    - directed by Ishiro Honda
  • 1957 Yagyu Secret Scrolls - part 1 - directed by Hiroshi Inagaki
  • 1957 A Dangerous Hero - directed by Hideo Suzuki
  • 1957 The Lower Depths
    The Lower Depths (1957 film)
    is a 1957 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa, based on the play The Lower Depths by Maxim Gorky. The film's setting was changed to Edo-period Japan.-Cast:*Sutekichi -- Toshirō Mifune*Osugi -- Isuzu Yamada*Kahei -- Bokuzen Hidari*Okayo -- Kyôko Kagawa...

    - directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • 1957 Downtown - directed by Yasuki Chiba
  • 1958 Yagyu Secret Scrolls - part 2 - directed by Hiroshi Inagaki
  • 1958 Tokyo Holiday - directed by Kajiro Yamamoto
  • 1958 Muhomatsu, The Rikshaw Man - directed by Hiroshi Inagaki
  • 1958 The Happy Pilgrimage - directed by Yasuki Chiba
  • 1958 All About Marriage - uncredited cameo - directed by Kihachi Okamoto
  • 1958 Theater of Life
    Theater of Life
    Theater of Life is a 1983 film directed by Kinji Fukasaku, Sadao Nakajima and Junya Sato.-Cast:*Keiko Matsuzaka*Toshiyuki Nagashima*Kie Nakai*Hiroki Matsukata*Aiko Morishita*Hideo Murota*Morio Kazama*Kô Nishimura...

    - directed by Toshio Sugie
  • 1958 The Hidden Fortress
    The Hidden Fortress
    is a 1958 jidai-geki film directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshirō Mifune as General and Misa Uehara as Princess Yuki. A literal translation of the Japanese title is The Three Villains of the Hidden Fortress.-Plot:...

    - directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • 1959 Boss of the Underworld - directed by Kihachi Okamoto
  • 1959 Samurai Saga - directed by Hiroshi Inagaki
  • 1959 The Saga of the Vagabonds - directed by Toshio Sugie
  • 1959 Desperado Outpost - directed by Kihachi Okamoto
  • 1959 The Birth of Japan
    The Birth of Japan
    , also called The Three Treasures, is a 1959 Japanese tokusatsu fantasy epic film. Telling the story of the creation of Japan according to Japanese mythology, specifically the Shinto religion, it is considered Japan's answer to The Ten Commandments...

    - directed by Hiroshi Inagaki
  • 1960 The Last Gunfight - directed by Kihachi Okamoto
  • 1960 The Gambling Samurai - directed by Senkichi Taniguchi
  • 1960 Storm Over the Pacific
    Storm Over the Pacific
    is a 1960 color Japanese film directed by Shūe Matsubayashi.It is the first color widescreen war film from Toho Studios...

    - directed by Shūe Matsubayashi
  • 1960 Man Against Man - directed by Senkichi Taniguchi
  • 1960 The Bad Sleep Well
    The Bad Sleep Well
    is a 1960 film directed by the Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. It was the first film to be produced under Kurosawa's own independent production company. It was entered into the 11th Berlin International Film Festival....

    - directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • 1960 The Masterless 47 - part 1 - directed by Toshio Sugie
  • 1961 The Story of Osaka Castle
    The Story of Osaka Castle
    is a 1961 color Japanese film directed by Hiroshi Inagaki based on historical events taking place in Japan during the beginning of the 17th century. It was also known as The Tale of Osaka Castle in the UK.- Plot :...

    - directed by Hiroshi Inagaki
  • 1961 The Masterless 47 - part 2 - directed by Toshio Sugie
  • 1961 Yojimbo aka The Bodyguard - directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • 1961 The Youth and his Amulet - directed by Hiroshi Inagaki
  • 1962 Ánimas Trujano
    Ánimas Trujano
    Ánimas Trujano is a 1962 Mexican film directed by Ismael Rodríguez, based on a novel by Rogelio Barriga Rivas...

    aka The Important Man - directed by Ismael Rodríguez
  • 1962 Sanjuro - directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • 1962 Tatsu
    Tatsu
    Tatsu, meaning "dragon" in Japanese is a steel flying roller coaster operating at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. It opened May 13, 2006. The ride was promoted with a Japanese mythology theme. Tatsu is the only flying coaster to have a Zero-G Roll...

    - directed by Hiroshi Inagaki
  • 1962 Chushingura: Hana no Maki, Yuki no Maki - directed by Hiroshi Inagaki
  • 1963 Wings over the Pacific - directed by Shūe Matsubayashi
  • 1963 High and Low aka Heaven and Hell - directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • 1963 Legacy of the 500,000 - directed by Toshiro Mifune
  • 1963 The Great Thief - directed by Senkichi Taniguchi
  • 1964 Whirlwind - directed by Hiroshi Inagaki
  • 1965 Samurai Assassin
    Samurai Assassin
    is a 1965 Japanese movie directed by Kihachi Okamoto and starring Toshirō Mifune, Koshiro Matsumoto, Yunosuke Ito, and Michiyo Aratama.Samurai Assassin is set in 1860, immediately before the Meiji Restoration changed Japanese society forever by doing away with the castes in society and reducing the...

    aka Samurai - directed by Kihachi Okamoto
  • 1965 Red Beard
    Red Beard
    is a 1965 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa about the relationship between a town doctor and his new trainee. The film was based on Shūgorō Yamamoto's short story collection, Akahige shinryotan . Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel The Insulted and the Injured provided the source for a subplot about a...

    - directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • 1965 Sanshiro Sugata
    Sanshiro Sugata
    was the directorial debut of the Academy Award-winning Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa. First released in Japan on 25 March 1943 by Toho film studios, the film was eventually released in the United States on 28 April 1974. The film is based on the novel of the same name written by Tsuneo...

    - directed by Seiichiro Uchikiro - this is a remake of Kurosawa's films Sanshiro Sugata and Sanshiro Sugata part 2
  • 1965 Retreat from Kiska - directed by Seiji Maruyama
  • 1965 Fort Graveyard - directed by Kihachi Okamoto
  • 1966 Wild Goemon - directed by Hiroshi Inagaki
  • 1966 The Sword of Doom
    The Sword of Doom
    , is a jidaigeki movie released in 1966. It was directed by Kihachi Okamoto and stars Tatsuya Nakadai.-Story:The story follows the life of Ryunosuke Tsukue , an amoral samurai and a master swordsman with an unorthodox style. Ryunosuke is first seen when he kills an elderly Buddhist pilgrim who he...

    - directed by Kihachi Okamoto
  • 1966 The Adventure of Kigan Castle - directed by Senkichi Taniguchi
  • 1966 The Mad Atlantic - directed by Jun Fukuda
    Jun Fukuda
    , was a Japanese director. He was born in Manchuria. He has directed dozens of films, perhaps best known for his contributions to the Godzilla film series in the 1970s...

  • 1966 Grand Prix - directed by John Frankenheimer
    John Frankenheimer
    John Michael Frankenheimer was an American film and television director known for social dramas and action/suspense films...

     - This was Mifune's first English language film - He was learning English phonetically - It is reported that his voice was used at the premiere - All versions of the film after that are dubbed by Paul Frees
    Paul Frees
    Paul Frees was an American voice actor and character actor.-Biography:He was born Solomon Hersh Frees in Chicago...

    , except for the scenes where he is speaking Japanese where his voice is used.
  • 1967 Samurai Rebellion
    Samurai Rebellion
    Samurai Rebellion is a 1967 Japanese film directed by Masaki Kobayashi. Its original Japanese title is Jōi-uchi: Hairyō tsuma shimatsu , which translates approximately as "Rebellion: Result of the Wife Bestowed" or "Rebellion: Receive the Wife".-Plot:In the Edo period of Japan, Isaburo Sasahara is...

    - directed by Masaki Kobayashi
  • 1967 The Longest Day of Japan - directed by Kihachi Okamoto
  • 1968 The Sands of Kurobe
    The Sands of Kurobe
    is a 1968 Japanese drama film directed by Kei Kumai. It was Japan's submission to the 41st Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee.-Cast:* Toshirô Mifune as Kitagawa* Yûjirô Ishihara as Iwaoka...

    - directed by Kei Kumai
    Kei Kumai
    was a Japanese film director from Azumino, Nagano prefecture. After his studies in literature at Shinshu University, he worked as director's assistant....

  • 1968 Admiral Yamamoto - directed by Seiji Maruyama
  • 1968 Gion Festival - directed by Daisuke Itō
    Daisuke Itō (film director)
    was a Japanese film director and screenwriter who played a central role in the development of the modern jidaigeki and samurai cinema.-Career:Born in Ehime Prefecture, Itō joined the actors school at Shōchiku in 1920, but soon began writing screenplays under the recommendation of Kaoru Osanai. He...

     and Tetsuya Yamanouchi
  • 1968 Hell in the Pacific
    Hell in the Pacific
    Hell in the Pacific is a 1968 World War II film starring Lee Marvin and Toshirō Mifune, the only two actors in the entire film. It was directed by John Boorman....

    - directed by John Boorman
    John Boorman
    John Boorman is a British filmmaker who is a long time resident of Ireland and is best known for his feature films such as Point Blank, Deliverance, Zardoz, Excalibur, The Emerald Forest, Hope and Glory, The General and The Tailor of Panama.-Early life:Boorman was born in Shepperton, Surrey,...

     - This was filmed with different endings for the U.S. and Japanese releases. Both are available on current video releases.
  • 1969 Samurai Banners
    Samurai Banners
    is a Japanese samurai drama film released in 1969. It was directed by Hiroshi Inagaki and is based on the life of the famous Sengoku-era battle strategist, Yamamoto Kansuke.- Plot :...

    - directed by Hiroshi Inagaki
  • 1969 5,000 Kilometers to Glory - directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara
    Koreyoshi Kurahara
    was a Japanese screenwriter and director. He is perhaps best known for directing Antarctica , which won several awards and was entered into the 34th Berlin International Film Festival...

  • 1969 Battle of the Japan Sea - directed by Seiji Maruyama
  • 1969 Red Lion
    Red Lion (film)
    is a 1969 Japanese film directed by Kihachi Okamoto and starring Toshirō Mifune and Shima Iwashita.-Plot summary:Gonzo , a member of the Imperial Restoration Force, is being asked by the emperor to deliver official news to his home village of a New World Order. Wanting to pose as a military...

    - directed by Kihachi Okamoto
  • 1969 Shinsengumi
    Shinsengumi (1969 film)
    Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor is a 1970 film.The True Story of the end of the Shogunate, the tragedy of the Shinsengumi is one of the best loved stories of Japanese history and has been adapted many times on stage, screen, television, and anime...

    - directed by Tadashi Sawashima
    Tadashi Sawashima
    , a Japanese film director. He directed films from 1950s to 1960s.- Filmography :He directed 49 films and he made 9 screenplays:as director:* Torawakamaru the Koga Ninja...

  • 1970 Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo
    Zatoichi
    is a fictional character featured in one of Japan's longest running series of films and a television series set in the Edo period. The character, a blind masseur and swordmaster, was created by novelist . This originally minor character was developed for the screen by Daiei Studios and actor...

    - directed by Kihachi Okamoto
  • 1970 The Ambitious - directed by Daisuke Ito
  • 1970 Incident at Blood Pass - directed by Hiroshi Inigaki
  • 1970 The Walking Majo - directed by Koji Senno, Nobuaki Shirai and Keith Eric Burt
  • 1970 The Militarists - directed by Hiromichi Horikawa
  • 1971 Red Sun
    Red Sun
    Red Sun is a Western film, one of few with an international cast. It stars U.S.-born actor Charles Bronson, Japanese actor Toshirō Mifune, French actor Alain Delon and Swiss actress Ursula Andress. It was filmed in Spain by the British director Terence Young. It was released in Europe in 1971 and...

    - directed by Terence Young - not released in the U.S. until 1972
  • 1975 Paper Tiger
    Paper Tiger (film)
    Paper Tiger is a 1975 British film starring David Niven and child actor Ando.-Plot summary:Mr Bradbury , an apparently posh and well-educated, ex-military Englishman is hired as tutor to the son of a Japanese ambassador, Koichi Kagoyama...

    - directed by Ken Annakin
    Ken Annakin
    Kenneth Cooper Annakin, OBE was an English film director.- Biography :Annakin grew up in Beverley, Yorkshire where he attended the local school. He began his career in feature films following an early experience making documentaries. His first filmwork was in 1947 with the Rank Organisation...

  • 1975 Midway
    Midway (film)
    Midway is a 1976 war film directed by Jack Smight and produced byWalter Mirisch from a screenplay by Donald S. Sanford. The music score was by John Williams and the cinematography by Harry Stradling, Jr...

    - directed by Jack Smight
    Jack Smight
    Jack Smight was an American theatre and film director.Smight was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and went to school with future actor Peter Graves...

  • 1977 Proof of the Man - directed by Junya Sato
    Junya Sato
    is a Japanese film director.-Career:Born in Tokyo, Sato graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1956 with a degree in French literature. He joined the Toei studio and worked as an assistant to such directors as Tadashi Imai and Miyoji Ieki. He debuted as a director in 1963 with Rikugun zangyaku...

  • 1977 Japanese Godfather: Ambition - directed by Sadao Nakajima
    Sadao Nakajima
    is a Japanese film director and screenwriter known for his work in yakuza film and jidaigeki.-Career:Born in Chiba Prefecture, he attended Hibiya High School and then the University of Tokyo before joining the Tōei studio in 1959...

  • 1977 Shogun's Samurai
    Shogun's Samurai
    also "Intrigue of the Yagyu clan" and "Yagyu Clan Conspiracy," is a 1978 Japanese historical martial arts period film, directed by Kinji Fukasaku. The film is one of a series of period films by Fukasaku starring Sonny Chiba as Yagyū Jūbei Mitsuyoshi....

    - directed by Kinji Fukasaku
    Kinji Fukasaku
    was a Japanese film actor, screenwriter, and best known as a celebrated and innovative filmmaker. He was born in Mito, Ibaraki, Japan, and died in Tokyo, from prostate cancer...

  • 1978 Dog Flute - directed by Sadao Nakajima
  • 1978 Lady Ogin - directed by Kei Kajima
  • 1978 Japanese Godfather: Conclusion - directed by Sadao Nakajima
  • 1978 The Fall of Ako Castle
    The Fall of Ako Castle
    is a 1978 Japanese historical martial arts period film, directed by Kinji Fukasaku. It depicts the story of the Forty-seven Ronin...

    - directed by Kinji Fukasaku
  • 1978 Lord Incognito - directed by Tetsuya Yamauchi
  • 1979 Winter Kills
    Winter Kills (film)
    Winter Kills is a 1979 film based on the novel by Richard Condon. Its cast includes Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Anthony Perkins, Eli Wallach, Richard Boone, Toshirō Mifune, Sterling Hayden, Dorothy Malone, Ralph Meeker, Elizabeth Taylor, Berry Berenson and Susan Walden.Most of the film was lensed by...

    - directed by William Richart
  • 1979 The Adventures of Kosuke Kindaichi - directed by Nobuhiku Kobayashi
  • 1979 Secret Detective Investigation-Net in Big Edo - directed by Akinori Matsuo
  • 1979 1941
    1941 (film)
    1941 is a 1979 period comedy film directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, and featuring an ensemble cast including John Belushi, Ned Beatty, John Candy, Toshiro Mifune, Christopher Lee and Dan Aykroyd...

    - directed by Steven Spielberg
    Steven Spielberg
    Steven Allan Spielberg KBE is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, video game designer, and studio entrepreneur. In a career of more than four decades, Spielberg's films have covered many themes and genres. Spielberg's early science-fiction and adventure films were seen as an...

  • 1981 Bushido Blade
    Bushido Blade (film)
    The Bushido Blade is a 1981 film, directed by Tsugunobu Kotani, about a samurai sword being entrusted to Commodore Matthew Perry for the President of the United States by the Emperor of Japan that was stolen by a band of thieves who oppose the treaty about to be signed...

    - directed by Tsugunobu Kotani
  • 1981 Port Arthur - directed by Toshio Masuda
    Toshio Masuda
    is a Japanese film director. He developed a reputation as a consistent box office hit-maker. Over the course of five decades, 16 of his films made the yearly top ten lists at the Japanese box office—a second place record in the industry. Between 1958 and 1968 he directed 52 films for the Nikkatsu...

  • 1981 Shogun
    Shogun (TV miniseries)
    Shōgun is an American television miniseries based on the namesake novel by James Clavell. As with the novel, the title is often shown as Shōgun in order to conform to Hepburn romanization. The miniseries was broadcast over five nights, between September 15 and September 19, 1980 on NBC in the...

    - directed by Jerry London - this was shown on television in the U.S. and as a theatrical version in the rest of the world
  • 1981 Inchon! - directed by Terence Young
  • 1982 The Challenge
    The Challenge (1982 film)
    The Challenge is a 1982 American action film directed by John Frankenheimer and co-written by John Sayles. The film stars Scott Glenn and Toshirō Mifune.-Plot:...

    - directed by John Frankenheimer
  • 1983 Conquest
    Conquest (1983 film)
    -Plot:The film opens on a long strand of beach, where several people in white robes gather around a young man named Ilius, adorning him in a vest of leather armor, while an old man hands him a bow and a set of arrows, summoning it to fly to them...

    - directed by Sadao Nakajima
  • 1983 Theater of Life
    Theater of Life
    Theater of Life is a 1983 film directed by Kinji Fukasaku, Sadao Nakajima and Junya Sato.-Cast:*Keiko Matsuzaka*Toshiyuki Nagashima*Kie Nakai*Hiroki Matsukata*Aiko Morishita*Hideo Murota*Morio Kazama*Kô Nishimura...

    - directed by Sadao Nakajima, Junya Sato and Kinji Fukasaku
  • 1983 Battle Anthem - directed by Toshio Masuda
  • 1984 The miracle of Joe the Petrel - directed by Toshiya Fujita
    Toshiya Fujita (director)
    , also known as Shigeya Fujita, was a Japanese filmmaker, film actor, and screenwriter. He was born in Pyongyang, Korea. After graduating from Tokyo University, he entered the Nikkatsu studio in 1955 and made his debut as a director in 1967. He won the Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award...

  • 1985 Legend of the Holy Woman - directed by Toru Murakawa
  • 1986 Song of Genkai Tsurezure - directed by Masanobu Deme
    Masanobu Deme
    is a Japanese film director.-Career:Born in Shiga Prefecture, he graduated from Waseda University before joining the Tōhō studio in 1957...

  • 1987 Shatterer - directed by Tonino Valerii
    Tonino Valerii
    Tonino Valerii is an Italian film director, most known for his Spaghetti Westerns. Valerii started his film career as an assistant director on Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, before moving on to direct by himself...

  • 1987 Tora-san Goes North
    Tora-san Goes North
    aka Torasan, Remind Shiretoke is a 1987 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma , and Keiko Takeshita as his love interest or "Madonna"...

    - directed by Yoji Yamada
    Yoji Yamada
    is a Japanese film director best known for his Otoko wa Tsurai yo series of films and his Samurai Trilogy ....

  • 1987 Princess from the Moon - directed by Kon Ichikawa
    Kon Ichikawa
    was a Japanese film director.-Early life and career:Ichikawa was born in Ise, Mie Prefecture. In the 1930s Ichikawa attended a technical school in Osaka. Upon graduation, in 1933, he found a job with a local rental film studio, J.O. Studio, in their animation department...

  • 1989 Demons in Spring - directed by Akira Kobayashi
  • 1989 Death of a Tea Master - directed by Kei Kumai
    Kei Kumai
    was a Japanese film director from Azumino, Nagano prefecture. After his studies in literature at Shinshu University, he worked as director's assistant....

  • 1989 cf Girl - directed by Izo Hashimoto
  • 1991 Strawberry Road - directed by Koreyoshi Kurihara
  • 1992 Helmet - directed by Gordon Hessler
    Gordon Hessler
    Gordon Hessler is a British film and television director, screenwriter, and producer.He was raised in England and studied at the University of Reading. While a teenager, he moved to the United States and directed a series of short films and documentaries...

  • 1992 Shadow of the Wolf - directed by Jacques Dorfman
  • 1994 Picture Bride
    Picture Bride (film)
    Picture Bride is a 1995 feature-length independent film directed by Kayo Hatta from a screenplay she co-wrote with Mari Hatta, and co-produced by Diane Mei Lin Mark and Lisa Onodera. It follows Riyo, who arrives in Hawaii as a "picture bride" for a man she has never met before. The story is based...

    - directed by Kayo Hatta
    Kayo Hatta
    Kayo Hatta was an Asian American filmmaker, writer, and community activist. She directed and co-wrote the independent dramatic feature-length film Picture Bride, which won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award in 1995 for Best Dramatic Film.-Early Life:Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Hatta grew up...

  • 1995 Deep River - directed by Kei Kumai
    Kei Kumai
    was a Japanese film director from Azumino, Nagano prefecture. After his studies in literature at Shinshu University, he worked as director's assistant....


Television appearances

All shows aired in Japan except for Shogun which aired in the U.S.
  • 1968 The Masterless Samurai - 6 one hour episodes
  • 1971 Daichūshingura
    Daichushingura
    is a television dramatization of the events of the Forty-seven Ronin. The first episode aired on January 5, 1971, and the 52nd and final episode appeared on December 28 of the same year. The NET network broadcast it in the Tuesday evening 9:00–9:56 prime-time slot in Japan.The series featured an...

    - 52 one hour episodes
  • 1972 Ronin of the Wilderness - 104 one hour episodes
  • 1973 Yojimbo of the Wilderness - 5 one hour episodes
  • 1976 The Sword, The Wind and the Lullaby - 27 one hour episodes
  • 1977 Ronin in a Lawless Town - 23 one hour episodes
  • 1978 The Spy Appears - 5 one hour episodes
  • 1978 An Eagle in Edo - 38 one hour episodes
  • 1979 Hideout in a Suite - 11 one hour episodes
  • 1980 Shogun - parts 1 & 5 159 minutes parts 2-4 93 minutes
  • 1981 Sekigahara - one seven hour episode
  • 1981 Bungo's Detective Notes - 3 one hour episodes
  • 1981 The Ten Battles of Shingo - 2 one hour episodes
  • 1981 My Daughter! Fly on the Wings of Love and Tears - 1 two hour episode
  • 1981 The Crescent Shaped Wilderness - 1 two hour episode
  • 1982 The Ronin's Path - 5 two hour episodes
  • 1982 The Happy Yellow Handkerchief - 1 two hour episode
  • 1983 The Brave Man Says Little - 1 eight hour episode
  • 1983 The Ronin's Path vol. 5 - 1 one hour episode
  • 1983 Ronin-Secret of the Wilderness Valley - 1 one hour episode
  • 1984 Soshi Okita, Burning Corpse of a Sword Master - 1 one hour episode
  • 1984 The Burning Mountain River - 51 episodes

External links

English:

Japanese:
  • - Toshirō Mifune Official Website
  • Toshirō Mifune at the Japanese Movie Database
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