Partly thanks to his collaborations with director Akira Kurosawa, actor Toshiro Mifune became a stalwart star of the Golden Age of Japanese cinema, forging a different breed of hero across a memorable batch of movies. Now his life and career is being chronicled and celebrated in Steven Okazaki's new documentary, Mifune: The Last Samurai.
With Keanu Reeves (John Wick) as the narrator, Okazaki's film features clips from Kurosawa and Mifune's work on movies such as Rashômon (1950), Seven Samurai (1954) and Yojimbo (1961). The likes of Steven Spielberg (Bridge Of Spies), Martin Scorsese (The Wolf Of Wall Street), Shirô Mifune (After The Rain), Takeshi Katô (Yojimbo), Kyôko Kagawa (High And Low) and more are interviewed about Mifune's life and the influence of his performances.
He is an actor that other actors study, even if he never intended to get into the performing life, and the documentary doesn't shy away from his darker sides, including his alcoholism.
Mifune: The Last Samurai screened at the London Film Festival last, but has yet to secure a set release date yet.