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Toshiro Mifune

Highest Rated:   100% Samurai Rebellion (1967)
Lowest Rated:   0% Inchon (1981)
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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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
81% 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
60% The Challenge
  • Toru Yoshida
1982
0% Inchon
  • Saito-San
1981
80% Shogun
  • Lord Toranaga
1980
No Score Yet The Bushido Blade
  • Shogun's commander
1979
33% 1941
  • Cmdr. Mitamura
1979
No Score Yet Swords of Vengeance
  • Actor
1978
86% Winter Kills
  • Keith
1977
54% 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 Furin kazan (Samurai Banners) (Wind-Fire-Forest-Mountain)
  • Yamamoto
1969
No Score Yet Samurai Banners
  • Actor
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
75% The Sword of Doom
  • Toranosuke Shimada
1966
77% 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
94% 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
78% 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
97% Yojimbo
  • Sanjuro Kuwabatake
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
100% The Hidden Fortress (kakushi-toride No San-akunin)
  • Gen. Rokurota Makabe
1958
No Score Yet Muhomatsu, the Rikshaw Man
  • Muhomatsu
1958
80% Donzoko (The Lower Depths)
  • Sutekichi the thief
1957
98% 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
70% 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
No Score Yet Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
  • Takeso/Miyamoto Musashi
1954
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
100% Rashômon
  • Tajomaru
1951
86% Scandal (Shubun)
  • Ichiro
1950
No Score Yet Shizukanaru ketto (The Quiet Duel) (A Silent Duel)
  • Kyoji Fujisaki
1949
No Score Yet Snow Trail (Ginrei no hate)
  • Actor
1947

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