• Force of nature: Mifume's raw spirit is captured in this still from Kurosawa's 1954 classic, Seven Samurai. Photo: Japanesefilmarchive/Creative Commons
    Force of nature: Mifume's raw spirit is captured in this still from Kurosawa's 1954 classic, Seven Samurai. Photo: Japanesefilmarchive/Creative Commons
  • Toshiro Mifune (right) as Musashi Miyamoto duels with Rentaro Mikuni in The Samurai Trilogy – a series that influenced future films like Kill Bill. Photo: Strand Releasing
    Toshiro Mifune (right) as Musashi Miyamoto duels with Rentaro Mikuni in The Samurai Trilogy – a series that influenced future films like Kill Bill. Photo: Strand Releasing
  • Mifune and Kurosawa during filming of 1961 classic Yojimbo. Photo: Strand Releasing
    Mifune and Kurosawa during filming of 1961 classic Yojimbo. Photo: Strand Releasing
  • Smokin'. Mifune takes a break on the set of Yojimbo. Photo: Strand Releasing
    Smokin'. Mifune takes a break on the set of Yojimbo. Photo: Strand Releasing
  • Dramatic standoff in The Samurai Trilogy. Photo: Strand Releasing
    Dramatic standoff in The Samurai Trilogy. Photo: Strand Releasing
  • Rough look: Mifune in a scene from Sanjuro. Photo: Strand Releasing
    Rough look: Mifune in a scene from Sanjuro. Photo: Strand Releasing
  • Always the hero: Toshiro Mifune with director Akira Kurosawa on the set of Seven Samurai. Photo: Strand Releasing
    Always the hero: Toshiro Mifune with director Akira Kurosawa on the set of Seven Samurai. Photo: Strand Releasing
  • Eye contact: Mifune in a scene from 1950 film Rashomon. Photo: Strand Releasing
    Eye contact: Mifune in a scene from 1950 film Rashomon. Photo: Strand Releasing
  • Toshiro Mifune in the 1965 film Red Beard. Photo: Strand Releasing
    Toshiro Mifune in the 1965 film Red Beard. Photo: Strand Releasing
  • Mifune and Kurosawa during a break in filming for 1961 classic Yojimbo. Photo: Strand Releasing
    Mifune and Kurosawa during a break in filming for 1961 classic Yojimbo. Photo: Strand Releasing
  • Dashing, even when eating ramen. Photo: Strand Releasing
    Dashing, even when eating ramen. Photo: Strand Releasing

The Last Samurai

'Mifune had a wildness that came through in his characters, and that was unusual back then. There was shock value to it that made him hard to ignore'

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