Mifune (film)

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Mifune's Last Song FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed bySøren Kragh-Jacobsen
Written bySøren Kragh-Jacobsen
Anders Thomas Jensen
Produced byBirgitte Hald
Morten Kaufmann
StarringIben Hjejle
Anders W. Berthelsen
CinematographyAnthony Dod Mantle
Edited byValdís Óskarsdóttir
Music byThor Backhausen
Karl Bille
Christian Sievert
Release date
  • 12 March 1999 (1999-03-12)
Running time
98 minutes

Mifune (Danish: Mifunes sidste sang, "Mifune's Last Song") is a 1999 romantic comedy film, it is the third film to be made according to the Dogme 95 group rules. It was directed by Søren Kragh-Jacobsen. The film was a great success in Denmark and an international blockbuster, ranked among the ten best-selling Danish films worldwide. It was produced by Nimbus Film.

At the 49th Berlin International Film Festival, the film won the Silver Bear – Special Jury Prize and Iben Hjejle won an Honourable Mention.[1]


Kresten had moved from his parents' farm on Lolland, an out-of-the-way small Danish island, to Copenhagen to pursue his working career. When his father dies, he has to move back to the farm, where nothing much has happened since he left. He places an ad in the local newspaper to get help running the farm and taking care of his brother. The prostitute Liva, who is running away from harassing telephone calls, takes the job. But running away from one's past isn't easy.



The title of the film is a reference to recently deceased Toshiro Mifune (1920–1997), prolific Japanese film actor whose roles included that of Kikuchiyo, one of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. Mifune's look and demeanor is imitated by Kirsten in a terrifying and/or delighting entertainment for his brother Rud.[3][4] It also refers to Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson's poem Sidste Sang (1870).[5]


The "confession" is an idea adapted by Thomas Vinterberg in the first Dogme 95 film: Make a confession if elements of the film do not comply with the strict interpretation of the Dogme-rules. It is written from the director's point of view.

As one of the DOGME 95 brethren and co-signatory of the Vow of Chastity I feel moved to confess to the following transgressions of the aforesaid Vow during the production of Dogme 3 – Mifune. Please note that the film has been approved as a Dogme work, as only one genuine breach of the rules has actually taken place. The rest may be regarded as moral breaches.[6]

  • I confess to having made one take with a black drape covering a window. This is not only the addition of a property, but must also be regarded as a kind of lighting arrangement.
  • I confess to moving furniture and fittings around the house.
  • I confess to having taken with me a number of albums of my favourite comic book series as a youth, Linda & Valentin (Valérian and Laureline).
  • I confess to helping to chase the neighbour's free-range hens across our location and including them in the film.
  • I confess that I brought a photographic image from an old lady from the area and hung it in a prominent position in one scene: not as part of the plot, but more as a selfish, spontaneous, pleasureable whim.
  • I confess to borrowing a hydraulic platform from a painter, which we used for the only two bird's-eye overview shots in the film.
  • I do solemnly declare that in my presence the remainder of Dogme 3 – Mifune was produced in accordance with the vow of chastity.
  • I also point out that the film has been approved by DOGME 95 as a Dogme film, as in real terms no more than a single breach of the rules has been committed. The rest may be regarded as moral transgressions.[6]

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  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1999 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  2. ^ Danske filmskuespillere: 525 portrætter (in Danish). Gyldendal. 2003. p. 178. ISBN 978-87-02-02104-2. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  3. ^ James Bowman (1 February 2000). "Mifune (Mifunes sidste sang)". EPPC Online.
  4. ^ Noel Megahey (2005). "Mifune (Mifunes Sidste Sang) Review". (review of DVD including documentary of film's production)
  5. ^ Partial English translation of Bjørnson's poem
  6. ^ a b Kragh-Jacobsen, Søren (20 January 1999). "Mifune: Dogma 95". sonyclassics.com. Archived from the original on 5 February 2005. Retrieved 12 September 2020.

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