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ACTOR, PRODUCER

Toshirô Mifune 1920 - 1997

Toshirô Mifune
Drama
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39 movies | 83 Blu-ray releases | 100 DVD releases

Toshiro Mifune achieved more worldwide fame than any other Japanese actor of his century. He was born in Tsingtao, China, to Japanese parents and grew up in Dalian. He did not set foot in Japan until he was 21. His father was an importer and a commercial photographer, and young Toshiro worked in his father's studio for a time after graduating from Dalian Middle School. He was automatically drafted into the Japanese army when he turned 20, and enlisted in the Air Force where he was attached to the Aerial Photography Unit for the duration of the World War II. In 1947 he took a test for Kajirô Yamamoto, who recommended him to director Senkichi Taniguchi, thus leading to Mifune's first film role in Shin baka jidai: kôhen (1947). Mifune then met and bonded with director Akira Kurosawa, and the two joined to become the most prominent actor-director pairing in all Japanese cinema. Beginning with Drunken Angel (1948), Mifune appeared in 16 of Kurosawa's films, most of which have become world-renowned classics. In Kurosawa's pictures, especially Rashomon (1950), Mifune would become the most famous Japanese actor in the world. A dynamic and ferocious actor, he excelled in action roles, but also had the depth to plumb intricate and subtle dramatic parts. A personal rift during the filming of Red Beard (1965) ended the Mifune-Kurosawa collaboration, but Mifune continued to perform leading roles in major films both in Japan and in foreign countries. He was twice named Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival (for Yojimbo (1961) and "Akahige"). In 1963 he formed his own production company, directing one film and producing several others. In his later years he gained new fame in the title role of the American TV miniseries Shogun (1980), and appeared infrequently in cameo roles after that. His last years were plagued with Alzheimer's Syndrome and he died of organ failure in 1997, a few months before the death of the director with whose name he will forever be linked, Akira Kurosawa.

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Average movie rating


8.2
 / 10

Based on 39 movies and 2010 ratings

Highest rated
: 9.0 / 10 Seven Samurai (1954)
Lowest rated
: 6.4 / 10 1941 (1979)


Filmography >

Shadow of the Wolf (1992)
Shadow of the Wolf
1992
Shogun (1980)
8 36
Shogun
1980
1941 (1979)
6.4 190
1941
1979
Winter Kills (1979)
6.4 7
Winter Kills
1979
The Shogun's Samurai (1978)
The Shogun's Samurai
1978
Midway (1976)
7.4 138
Midway
1976
Paper Tiger (1975)
Paper Tiger
1975
Red Sun (1971)
7.1 17
Red Sun
1971
Zatôichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)
7.1 68
Zatôichi Meets Yojimbo
1970
Samurai Banners (1969)
1
Samurai Banners
1969
Hell in the Pacific (1968)
7.6 28
Hell in the Pacific
1968
Samurai Rebellion (1967)
7.9 38
Samurai Rebellion
1967
Grand Prix (1966)
7.5 241
Grand Prix
1966
The Sword of Doom (1966)
8.1 86
The Sword of Doom
1966
Red Beard (1965)
7.9 58
Red Beard
1965
Samurai Assassin (1965)
7.3 2
Samurai Assassin
1965
High and Low (1963)
8.6 536
High and Low
1963
Sanjuro (1962)
8.2 804
Sanjuro
1962
47 Samurai (1962)
7.2 3
47 Samurai
1962
Yojimbo (1961)
8.5 971
Yojimbo
1961
The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
7.4 58
The Bad Sleep Well
1960
Nippon tanjo (1959)
7.3 1
Nippon tanjo
1959
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
8.2 231
The Hidden Fortress
1958
Muhomatsu no issho (1958)
7.5 3
Muhomatsu no issho
1958
Throne of Blood (1957)
8.3 247
Throne of Blood
1957
The Lower Depths (1957)
6.9 10
The Lower Depths
1957
Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)
7.6 338
Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island
1956
Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955)
7.4 341
Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple
1955
I Live in Fear (1955)
7 10
I Live in Fear
1955
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954)
7.5 349
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
1954
Seven Samurai (1954)
9 1,606
Seven Samurai
1954
The Life of Oharu (1952)
8 65
The Life of Oharu
1952
The Idiot (1951)
7.2 13
The Idiot
1951
Rashômon (1950)
8.5 753
Rashômon
1950
Scandal (1950)
6.7 8
Scandal
1950
Stray Dog (1949)
7.5 68
Stray Dog
1949
The Quiet Duel (1949)
7.2 22
The Quiet Duel
1949
Drunken Angel (1948)
7.6 47
Drunken Angel
1948



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