Toshiro Mifune

Toshiro Mifune

Highest Rated: 100% Samurai Rebellion (1967)

Lowest Rated: 0% Inchon (1981)

Birthday: Apr 1, 1920

Birthplace: Qingdao, China

Born in China to Japanese parents, Toshiro Mifune hoped to become an assistant cameraman after serving in World War II, but was deflected from this goal when he won a talent contest sponsored by Toho Studios. With no prior acting experience, he launched his movie career in 1946 and, two years later, worked for the first time with director Akira Kurosawa in Drunken Angel. In later interviews, Kurosawa said that, although worried about the untrained Mifune's lack of artistic discipline, he "still...did not want to smother that vitality." The director eventually came to realize that Mifune's willingness to do and try anything before the camera was -- for him, at least -- preferable to the introspection and motivation-searching practiced by other Japanese actors. Mifune's raw, unbridled masculinity was ideal for such Kurosawa films as Rashomon (1950) and The Seven Samurai (1954). But as he matured artistically, the actor proved he was no one-trick pony, as demonstrated by his low-key, carefully crafted performance as a tormented business executive in High and Low (1963). The first internationally popular Japanese film star since Sessue Hayakawa, Mifune was held in as high esteem by the film industry as he was by the public, winning Venice Film Festival awards for his performances in Kurosawa's Yojimbo (1960) and Red Beard (1965). Mifune's ability to shift from macho to subtle sensitivity was very similar to the work of Clint Eastwood, who, ironically, played the Mifune-character role in A Fistful of Dollars, the 1964 remake of Yojimbo. In addition to his work for Kurosawa, Mifune starred in Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai Trilogy, and was occasionally seen in English-language productions (often dubbed by his favorite voice-over artist, Paul Frees). The actor's non-Japanese efforts included John Frankenheimer's Grand Prix (1966) and Steven Spielberg's 1941 (1979); he also played Admiral Yamamoto in Midway (1976) and was teamed with another major male action star, Charles Bronson, in Red Sun (1971). Beginning in 1963, Mifune produced theatrical and TV films through his own company, and, in 1964, made his first (and only) attempt at directing with The Legacy of the 500,000. Mifune died in 1997.


Highest Rated Movies



83% Mifune: The Last Samurai Actor $62.2K 2016
No Score Yet Ankokugai no taiketsu (The Last Gunfight) Actor 2015
No Score Yet Dokuritsu gurentai Actor 2015
No Score Yet Muhomatsu, the Rikshaw Man (Muhomatsu no issho) Actor 2010
82% Picture Bride The Benshi 1995
No Score Yet Shadow of the Wolf Kroomak 1993
No Score Yet Shogun Mayeda Lord Ieyasu 1991
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Shiretoko bojo (Tora-san Goes North) (It's Tough to Be a Man: Shiretako Longing) Junkichi Ueno 1990
No Score Yet Death of a Tea Master (Sen no Rikyu) Rikyu 1989
No Score Yet Walking Major Actor 1988
No Score Yet Taketori monogatari (Princess from the Moon) Taketori-no-Miaytsuko 1987
No Score Yet Shogun's Samurai - The Yagyu Clan Conspiracy Actor 1984
No Score Yet Proof of the Man Yohei Kori 1984
50% The Challenge Toru Yoshida 1982
0% Inchon Saito-San 1981
75% Shogun Lord Toranaga 1980
No Score Yet The Bushido Blade Shogun's commander 1979
42% 1941 Cmdr. Mitamura 1979
88% Winter Kills Keith 1979
No Score Yet Swords of Vengeance Actor 1978
47% Midway Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto 1976
No Score Yet Paper Tiger Ambassador Kagoyama 1975
No Score Yet Red Sun Kuroda Jubie 1972
No Score Yet Incident at Blood Pass Actor 1970
No Score Yet Nihonkai daikaisen (Battle of the Japan Sea) Actor 1970
No Score Yet Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo Yojimbo 1970
No Score Yet Aru heishi no kake (One Soldier's Gamble) (The Walking Major) Actor 1970
No Score Yet Red Lion Gonzo 1969
No Score Yet Shinsengumi (Shinsen Group) (Band of Assassins) Actor 1969
No Score Yet Samurai Banners (Furin kazan) Yamamoto 1969
No Score Yet Japan's Longest Day War Minister Anami 1968
67% Hell in the Pacific Captain Tsuruhiko Kuroda 1968
100% Samurai Rebellion Isaburo Sasahara Producer 1967
100% Grand Prix Izo Yamura 1966
78% The Sword of Doom Toranosuke Shimada 1966
73% Red Beard Dr. Kyojô Niide 1965
No Score Yet Samurai Assassin Niino 1965
No Score Yet The Lost World Of Sinbad (Dai Tozoku) Actor 1965
95% High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku) Kingo Gondo 1963
No Score Yet Chushingura Genba Tawaraboshi 1963
95% Stray Dog (Nora inu) Murakami 1963
100% Sanjuro (Tsubaki Sanjûrô) Sanjuro Tsubaki 1963
70% Hakuchi (The Idiot) Denkichi Akama 1963
100% The Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru (The Bad Sleep Well) Koichi Nishi 1962
No Score Yet Ánimas Trujano (El Hombre Importante) (The Important Man) Animas Trujano 1962
95% Yojimbo Sanjuro Kuwabatake 1961
No Score Yet The Youth and His Amulet Fudo-Myoh 1961
No Score Yet I Bombed Pearl Harbor Admiral Isoroku Yamaguchi Yamamoto 1961
No Score Yet Aru kengo no shogai (Samurai Saga) (Life of an Expert Swordsman) Actor 1959
97% The Hidden Fortress (kakushi-toride No San-akunin) Gen. Rokurota Makabe 1958
No Score Yet Muhomatsu, the Rikshaw Man Muhomatsu 1958
83% Donzoko (The Lower Depths) Sutekichi the thief 1957
95% Throne of Blood Taketoki Washizu 1957
100% Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) Kikuchiyo 1956
No Score Yet Miyamoto Musashi Kanketsuhen: Kettô Ganryûjima (Samurai III: Duel on Ganryu Island) (Bushido) Musashi Miyamoto 1956
No Score Yet Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto Musashi Miyamoto (Takezo) 1955
75% I Live in Fear (Ikimono no kiroku) Actor 1955
No Score Yet Zoku Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijôji no Kettô (Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple) (Swords of Doom) Musashi Miyamoto 1955
100% The Life of Oharu (Saikaku ichidai onna) Katsunosuke 1952
No Score Yet Araki Mataemon: Kettô kagiya no tsuji (Vendetta Of A Samurai) Actor 1952
98% Rashômon Tajomaru 1951
86% Scandal (Shubun) Ichiro 1950
No Score Yet Shizukanaru ketto (The Quiet Duel) (A Silent Duel) Kyoji Fujisaki 1949
93% Drunken Angel Matsunaga 1948
No Score Yet Snow Trail (Ginrei no hate) Actor 1947


Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto says: I have traveled widely in America my friends. Their industrial might is awesome! I am convinced that our only hope for victory is one massive strike at Midway.

Taketoki Washizu says: I am terribly drunk...

Kikuchiyo would-be samurai says: You fool! Damn you! You call yourself a horse! For shame! Hey! Wait! Please! I apologize! Forgive me!

Sanjuro Tsubaki says: You tired of being stupid yet?

Sanjuro Tsubaki says: The best sword is kept in its sheath.

Sanjuro Tsubaki says: You cut well. But good swords are kept in their sheaths.

Isaburo Sasahara says: When you grow up, become a woman just like your mother. And marry a man just like your father. Be sure to do that. Marry a man just like your father.

Kikuchiyo would-be samurai says: What do you think of farmers? You think they're saints? Hah! They're foxy beasts! They say, "We've got no rice, we've no wheat. We've got nothing!" But they have! They have everything! Dig under the floors! Or search the barns! You'll find plenty! Beans, salt, rice, sake! Look in the valleys, they've got hidden warehouses! They pose as saints but are full of lies! If they smell a battle, they hunt the defeated! They're nothing but stingy, greedy, blubbering, foxy, and mean! God damn it all! But then who made them such beasts? You did! You samurai did it! You burn their villages! Destroy their farms! Steal their food! Force them to labour! Take their women! And kill them if they resist! So what should farmers do?