Toshirô Mifune

BirthDay:

01 Apr 1920

BirthPlace:

Tsingtao, China [now Qingdao, Shandong, China]

BirthName:

Sanchuan Minlang

Bio:

Toshiro Mifune achieved more worldwide fame than any other Japanese actor of his century. He was born in Tsingtao, China, to Japanese parents and grew up in Dalian. He did not set foot in Japan until he was 21. His father was an importer and a commercial photographer, and young Toshiro worked in his father's studio for a time after graduating from Dalian Middle School. He was automatically drafted into the Japanese army when he turned 20, and enlisted in the Air Force where he was attached to the Aerial Photography Unit for the duration of the World War II. In 1947 he took a test for Kajirô Yamamoto, who recommended him to director Senkichi Taniguchi, thus leading to Mifune's first film role in These Foolish Times II (1947). Mifune then met and bonded with director Akira Kurosawa, and the two joined to become the most prominent actor-director pairing in all Japanese cinema. Beginning with Drunken Angel (1948), Mifune appeared in 16 of Kurosawa's films, most of which have become world-renowned classics. In Kurosawa's pictures, especially Rashomon (1950), Mifune would become the most famous Japanese actor in the world. A dynamic and ferocious actor, he excelled in action roles, but also had the depth to plumb intricate and subtle dramatic parts. A personal rift during the filming of Red Beard (1965) ended the Mifune-Kurosawa collaboration, but Mifune continued to perform leading roles in major films both in Japan and in foreign countries. He was twice named Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival (for Yojimbo (1961) and Red Beard (1965)). In 1963 he formed his own production company, directing one film and producing several others. In his later years he gained new fame in the title role of the American TV miniseries Shogun (1980), and appeared infrequently in cameo roles after that. His last years were plagued with Alzheimer's Syndrome and he died of organ failure in 1997, a few months before the death of the director with whose name he will forever be linked, Akira Kurosawa.
Filmography

Actor ( 167 credits )

Filmmakers vs. Tycoons (2005) (archive footage)
Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create (2002)  Himself (archive footage)
Deep River (1995) Tsukada
Picture Bride (1994) The Benshi
Shadow of the Wolf (1992) Kroomak
Journey of Honor (1991) Lord Ieyasu
Strawberry Road (1991) Taoka
Sen no Rikyu: Honkakubô ibun (1989) Rikyu Sen-no
The Demon Comes in Spring (1989)
CF Girl (1989) Shuichiro
Tora-san Goes North (1987) Junkichi Ueno
Princess from the Moon (1987) Taketori-no-Miyatsuko
Sicilian Connection (1987) Murai
Genkai tsurezure-bushi (1986)
Seijo densetsu (1985) Kozo Kanzaki
The Miracle of Umitsubame Joe (1984) Fisherman
Sanga moyu (1984)
Cine de aliento de los 60, 2da parte (1984) Himself (archive footage)
Battle Anthem (1983) Admiral Heihachiro Togo
Theater of Life (1983)
Conquest (1982) Masao Tadokoro
The Challenge (1982) Toru Yoshida
Cinéma cinémas (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1989)
Inchon (1981) Saito-San (as Toshiro Mifune)
The Bushido Blade (1981) Shogun's Commander
203 kochi (1980) Emperor Meiji
1941 (1979) Cmdr. Akiro Mitamura (as Toshiro Mifune)
Onmitsu dôshin: Ôedo sôsamô (1979)
Kindaichi Kosuke no boken (1979) Kindaichi from Future
Winter Kills (1979) Keith
The Shogun's Samurai (1978) Lord of Owari
Shag (1978) Captain Murata
Tono Eijirô no Mito Kômon (1978)
Nihon no don: kanketsuhen (1978) Kosuke Oishi
Akô-jô danzetsu (1978) Tsuchiya
Love and Faith (1978) Taiko Hideyoshi
Edo no taka (1978)
Nippon no don: Yabohen (1977) Kosuke Oishi
Ningen no shômei (1977) Yohei Kori
Muhogai no suronin (1977)
Auf los geht's los (1977)  Himself (1 episode, 1978)
Otoko no shiken (1977)
Midway (1976) Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (as Toshiro Mifune)
Tetsuko's Room (1976)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 1981)
Ken to kaze to komoriuta (1976)
Paper Tiger (1975) Ambassador Kagoyama
The New Spartans (1975)
Kôya no surônin (1972)  Kujuro Toge
Red Sun (1971) Kuroda Jubie (as Toshiro Mifune)
V.I.P.-Schaukel (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 1975)
Dai Chûshingura (1971)
The Militarists (1970) Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto
Machibuse (1970) The yojimbo
Bakumatsu (1970) Shojiro Goto
Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970) Sassa the yojimbo
Aru heishi no kake (1970) Tadao Kinugasa
Battle of the Japan Sea (1969) Admiral Heihachiro Togo
Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor (1969) Isami Kondo
Red Lion (1969) Gonzo
Safari 5000 (1969)
Samurai Banners (1969) Kansuke Yamamoto
8 ji dayo! zen'in shûgô (1969)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Gion matsuri (1968) Kumaza
Rengô kantai shirei chôkan: Yamamoto Isoroku (1968) Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto
Hell in the Pacific (1968) Captain Tsuruhiko Kuroda (as Toshiro Mifune)
The Sands of Kurobe (1968) Kitagawa
Japan's Longest Day (1967) War Minister General Korechika Anami
Samurai Rebellion (1967) Isaburo Sasahara
Kiganjô no bôken (1966) Osami
Doto ichiman kairi (1966) Heihachirô Murakami
Grand Prix (1966) Izo Yamura
Abare Gôemon (1966) Abare Goemon
The Sword of Doom (1966) Toranosuke Shimada
Grand Prix: Challenge of the Champions (1966) Himself (uncredited)
Taiheiyô kiseki no sakusen: Kisuka (1965) Omura
Fort Graveyard (1965) Sergeant Kosugi
Sanshiro Sugata (1965) Shogoro Yano
Samurai Assassin (1965) Tsuruchiyo Niiro
Red Beard (1965) Dr. Kyojô Niide
Shikonmado - Dai tatsumaki (1964) Lord Akashi
Attack Squadron! (1963) Lt. Colonel Senda
The Lost World of Sinbad (1963) Sukezaemon Naya, alias 'Luzon' (Sinbad in English versi
500,000 (1963) Takeichi Matsuo
High and Low (1963) Kingo Gondo
Chûshingura (1962) Genba Tawaraboshi
Sanjuro (1962) Sanjûrô Tsubaki / The Samurai
Doburoku no Tatsu (1962) Tatsu
Ánimas Trujano (El hombre importante) (1962) Ánimas Trujano (as Toshiro Mifune)
Zoku shachô yôkôki (1962)
Gen to fudômyô-ô (1961) Fudo-Myo (Immovable Bright King)
Daredevil in the Castle (1961) Mohei
Zoku sararîman Chûshingura (1961) Kazuo Momoi
Yojimbo (1961) Sanjuro Kuwabatake / The Samurai
The Bad Sleep Well (1960) Kôichi Nishi
Storm Over the Pacific (1960) Adm. Yamaguchi
Man Against Man (1960) Kaji
Sararîman Chûshingura (1960) Kazuo Momoi
The Gambling Samurai (1960) Chûji Kunisada
The Last Gunfight (1960) Detective Saburo Fujioka
Samurai Saga (1959) Heihachiro Komaki
Nippon tanjô (1959) Prince Yamato Takeru
The Saga of the Vagabonds (1959) Rokuro Kai
Dokuritsu gurentai (1959) Battalion Commander
Ankokugai no kaoyaku (1959) Kashimura
Yagyû bugeichô: Sôryû hiken (1958) Tasaburo
The Hidden Fortress (1958) General Rokurota Makabe
The Rickshaw Man (1958) Matsugoro
The Happy Pilgrimage (1958)
Theater of Life (1958)
All About Marriage (1958) Acting teacher (uncredited)
Tôkyô no kyûjitsu (1958) Tenkai's nephew
Yagyû bugeichô (1957) Tasaburo
The Lower Depths (1957) Sutekichi the Thief
Throne of Blood (1957) Taketoki Washizu
A Dangerous Hero (1957)
Be Happy, These Two Lovers (1957)
A Man in the Storm (1957) Saburô Watari
Downtown (1957)
Rebels on the High Sea (1956)
Narazu-mono (1956) Kanji
A Wife's Heart (1956)
Aijô no kessan (1956)
The Underworld (1956) Chief Inspector Kumada
Rainy Night Duel (1956) Masahiko Koseki
Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956) Musashi Miyamoto (Takezo)
Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955) Musashi Miyamoto (Takezo)
I Live in Fear (1955) Kiichi Nakajima
No Time for Tears (1955) Yano
All is Well, Part2 (1955)
All is Well (1955)
A Man Among Men (1955) Maki
The Sound of Waves (1954) Skipper of the Utashima-maru
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954) Musashi Miyamoto (Takezo)
The Black Fury (1954) Eiichi Tsuda
Seven Samurai (1954) Kikuchiyo (as Toshiro Mifune)
Eagle of the Pacific (1953) 1st Lieutenant Tomonaga
Sunflower Girl (1953) Ippei Hitachi
The Last Embrace (1953) Shinkichi / Hayakawa
My Wonderful Yellow Car (1953) Matsumura
The Life of Oharu (1952) Katsunosuke
Sword for Hire (1952) Sasa Hayatenosuke
The Man Who Came to Port (1952) Goro Niinuma
Swift Current (1952)
Tokyo Sweetheart (1952) Kurokawa
Kin no tamago: Golden girl (1952)
Foghorn (1952) Chiyokichi
Araki Mataemon: Kettô kagiya no tsuji (1952) Mataemon Araki
The Idiot (1951) Denkichi Akama
Who Knows a Woman's Heart (1951)
The Life of a Horsetrader (1951) Yonetaro Katayama
Kanketsu Sasaki Kojirô: Ganryû-jima kettô (1951) Musashi Miyamoto
Sengoha obake taikai (1951)
Pirates (1951)
Elegy (1951)
Beyond Love and Hate (1951)
Scandal (1950) Ichirô Aoye
Rashomon (1950) Tajômaru
Wedding Ring (1950) Takeshi Ema
Conduct Report on Professor Ishinaka (1950)
Escape from Prison (1950)
The Quiet Duel (1949) Dr. Kyoji Fujisaki
Stray Dog (1949) Det. Murakami
Jakoman and Tetsu (1949) Tetsu
Drunken Angel (1948) Matsunaga
These Foolish Times II (1947) Genzaburo Ohno (Gang Boss)
These Foolish Times (1947) Gang Boss
Snow Trail (1947) Eijima

Producer ( 15 credits )

The Miracle of Umitsubame Joe (1984) planning producer
Onmitsu dôshin: Ôedo sôsamô (1979) associate producer
Shag (1978) executive producer
Kôya no surônin (1972) associate producer
Futari dake no asa (1971) producer
Machibuse (1970) producer
Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor (1969) producer
Red Lion (1969) producer
Samurai Banners (1969) producer
The Sands of Kurobe (1968) producer
Samurai Rebellion (1967) producer
Kiganjô no bôken (1966) associate producer
Doto ichiman kairi (1966) executive producer
Fort Graveyard (1965) associate producer
500,000 (1963) associate producer

Director ( 1 credit )

500,000 (1963)