The Last Samurai : A Documentary About Toshiro Mifune

DVD - 2017
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A new film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki 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. Together they thrilled audiences and influenced filmmaking around the world, providing direct inspiration for The Magnificent Seven and Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood's breakthrough, A Fistful of Dollars.


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Oct 07, 2017

Even a casual fan of Japanese cinema knows the great Toshiro Mifune, quite possibly the most famous Japanese actor ever. He is to the samurai film what John Wayne is to the western. He'll forever be remembered for his 16 films with the equally legendary Akira Kurosawa, an extraordinary collaboration that included "Seven Samurai," "Rashomon," "Yojimbo," and "The Hidden Fortress." This documentary, narrated by Keanu Reeves (?), features interviews with Mifune's co-stars and co-workers, his son, and directors Steven Speilberg and Martin Scorsese. It's short, but is a must for any fan of Mifune and Kurosawa. I'd also recommend the book about their work together, "The Emperor and the Wolf."


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