Mifune: The Last Samurai

2015, Documentary, 1h 20m

37 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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Capturing the breadth of Toshiro Mifune's storied career, if not fully reckoning with the depth of the man, The Last Samurai is a compelling celebration of one of cinema's greatest stars. Read critic reviews

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This documentary explores the accidental movie career of Toshiro Mifune, one of the true giants of world cinema. Mifune made sixteen remarkable films with director Akira Kurosawa during the Golden Age of Japanese Cinema, including "Rashomon," "Seven Samurai" and "Yojimbo." Together they thrilled audiences and influenced filmmaking around the world, providing direct inspiration for not only "The Magnificent Seven" but also George Lucas' "Star Wars."

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  • Sep 26, 2016
    For fans of the actor Toshirô Mifune this is a must see doc. While I'm hesitant to say any movie less than an hour and a half about the life of a person can tell you everything you need to know as compared to if you read a book or two about their life and career, this piece of non-fiction pretty much covers all the major events. And it does it entertainingly. There are lots of interviews by people who knew him, and other filmmakers who respected him from afar. All the exciting clips from this mesmerizing performer do much for this documentary about this star who was bigger than life on the big screen. And then seeing archival photos from his childhood and other behind the scenes stuff is so cool for a fan who is mainly only familiar with the roles he played. He really was a master martial artist and embodied the samurai spirit. It was the only way he could have done all the stunts and fights in his films himself.
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