- General info
Nearly 20 years after his death, Toshiro Mifune remains a true giant of Japanese cinema. Rich with archive footage and personal reminiscences from family and friends, this Keanu Reeves - narrated documentary shines a light on both the man and the actor, from his childhood and military service to his early years in the film industry and the string of masterpieces made with legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. Directed by Academy Award-winning director Steven Okazaki and featuring contributions from Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese, 'Mifune: The Last Samurai' reveals him as a formidable and mercurial talent, both onscreen and off, and an influence that still resonates through world cinema.
- Wataru Akashi, Kyôko Kagawa, Takeshi Katô, Hisao Kurosawa, Shirô Mifune, Toshirô Mifune, Haruo Nakajima, Sadao Nakajima, Yôsuke Natsuki, Terumi Niki, Teruyo Nogami, Keanu Reeves, Tadao Sato, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Yôko Tsukasa, Kanzô Uni, Kaoru Yachigusa, Kôji Yakusho
- Steven Okazaki
- Taro Goto, Yukie Kito, Toshiaki Nakazawa, Steven Okazaki, Tôichirô Shiraishi, Kensuke Zushi
- Narrated By:
- Keanu Reeves
- Stuart Galbraith IV, Steven Okazaki
- Mifune: Last Samurai
- BFI Video
- Action & Adventure, Documentary, Special Interest
- Release Date:
- Run Time:
- 77 minutes
- English, Japanese
- English Hard of Hearing
- DVD Regions:
- Region 2
- Aspect Ratio:
- Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
- Colour and B & W
- Steven Spielberg on Toshiro Mifune (2016, 20 mins): the Oscar-winning director discusses Mifune's career, including his collaborations with Kurosawa, his influence on western cinema and working with him on 1941
- Toshiro Mifune Guardian Interview (1986, 61 mins, audio only): the legendary Japanese actor discusses his life and career in this interview with critic and writer David Shipman, recorded at the NFT
- Original Theatrical Trailer
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- Mifune: The Last Samurai review by LE
I mainly rented this to hear Scorsese's views but he's in very little of it - although still worth hearing. Spielberg is also very interesting and they have an extended interview with him as one of the extras. It's a good documentary - not just on Mifune's life but also on Japan at that time. He had some shocking experiences during the war and it's amazing he didn't go a bit mad. Maybe he used that for his acting. The other extra is a bit of a damp squib - a 1986 BFI interview in front on an audience. It's mainly long periods of translation and you don't really get any new information. They should have maybe found a way of excising a lot of the translation parts as it's a bit of a slog.
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