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Toshiro Mifune
Toshiro Mifune 1954 Scan10003 160913.jpg
Mifune in 1954
Born(1920-04-01)April 1, 1920
DiedDecember 24, 1997(1997-12-24) (aged 77)
Resting placeKawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
Nationality Japan
OccupationActor
Years active1947–1995
Spouse(s)
Sachiko Yoshimine
(m. 1950; her death 1995)
Partner(s)Mika Kitagawa
Children3
Military career
Allegiance Empire of Japan
Service/branchImperial Japanese Army Air Service
Years of service1940–1945
RankSergeant
UnitAerial Photography
Battles/warsWorld War II
Websitemifuneproductions.co.jp

Toshiro Mifune (三船 敏郎, Mifune Toshirō, April 1, 1920 – December 24, 1997) was a Japanese actor who appeared in over 150 feature films. He is best known for his 16-film collaboration (1948–65) with filmmaker Akira Kurosawa in such works as Rashomon, Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Throne of Blood, and Yojimbo. He also portrayed Musashi Miyamoto in Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai Trilogy and one earlier Inagaki film, Lord Toranaga in the NBC TV miniseries Shōgun, and Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto in 3 different films.[1]

Early life[edit]

Toshiro Mifune was born on 1 April 1920 in Qingdao, Shandong, China, to Japanese parents. His parents were Methodist missionaries working there.[2][3] Mifune grew up with his parents and two younger siblings in Dalian, Liaoning, China, and, from 4 to 19 years of age, in Manchuria.[4]

In his youth, Mifune worked in the photography shop of his father Tokuzo, a commercial photographer and importer who had emigrated from northern Japan. After spending the first 19 years of his life in China, as a Japanese citizen, he was drafted into the Imperial Japanese Army Aviation division, where he served in the Aerial Photography unit during World War II.[5]

Early work[edit]

In 1947, one of Mifune's friends who worked for the Photography Department of Toho Productions suggested Mifune try out for the Photography Department. He was accepted for a position as an assistant cameraman.

At this time, a large number of Toho actors, after a prolonged strike, had left to form their own company, Shin Toho. Toho then organized a "new faces" contest to find new talent. Mifune's friends submitted an application and photo, without his knowledge. He was accepted, along with 48 others (out of roughly 4000 applicants), and allowed to take a screen test for Kajirō Yamamoto. Instructed to mime anger, he drew from his wartime experiences. Yamamoto took a liking to Mifune, recommending him to director Senkichi Taniguchi. This led to Mifune's first feature role, in Shin Baka Jidai.

Mifune first encountered director Akira Kurosawa when Toho Studios, the largest film production company in Japan, was conducting a massive talent search, during which hundreds of aspiring actors auditioned before a team of judges. Kurosawa was originally going to skip the event, but showed up when Hideko Takamine told him of one actor who seemed especially promising. Kurosawa later wrote that he entered the audition to see "a young man reeling around the room in a violent frenzy ... it was as frightening as watching a wounded beast trying to break loose. I was transfixed." When an exhausted Mifune finished his scene, he sat down and gave the judges an ominous stare. He promptly lost the competition. Kurosawa, however, had found his muse. "I am a person rarely impressed by actors," he later said. "But in the case of Mifune I was completely overwhelmed."[6]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Among Mifune's fellow performers, one of the 32 women chosen during the new faces contest was Sachiko Yoshimine. Eight years Mifune's junior, she came from a respected Tokyo family. They fell in love and Mifune soon proposed marriage.

Director Senkichi Taniguchi, with the help of Akira Kurosawa, convinced the Yoshimine family to allow the marriage. The wedding took place in February 1950 at the Aoyama Gakuin Methodist Church.[7] Yoshimine was a Buddhist but since Mifune was a Christian, they were married in church as per Christian tradition.[8]

In November of the same year, their first son, Shirō was born. In 1955, they had a second son, Takeshi. Mifune's daughter Mika was born to his mistress, actress Mika Kitagawa, in 1982.

Period of prosperity[edit]

His imposing bearing, acting range, facility with foreign languages and lengthy partnership with acclaimed director Akira Kurosawa made him the most famous Japanese actor of his time, and easily the best known to Western audiences. He often portrayed samurai or rōnin who were usually coarse and gruff (Kurosawa once explained that the only weakness he could find with Mifune and his acting ability was his "rough" voice), inverting the popular stereotype of the genteel, clean-cut samurai. In such films as Seven Samurai and Yojimbo, he played characters who were often comically lacking in manners, but replete with practical wisdom and experience, understated nobility, and, in the case of Yojimbo, unmatched fighting prowess. Sanjuro in particular contrasts this earthy warrior spirit with the useless, sheltered propriety of the court samurai. Kurosawa highly valued Mifune for his effortless portrayal of unvarnished emotion, once commenting that he could convey in only three feet of film an emotion for which the average Japanese actor would require ten feet.[9]

Mifune in Mexican film Animas Trujano

He was also known for the effort he put into his performances. To prepare for Seven Samurai and Rashomon, Mifune reportedly studied footage of lions in the wild; for Ánimas Trujano, he studied tapes of Mexican actors speaking, so he could recite all his lines in Spanish.

Mifune while filming Hell in the Pacific (1968)

Mifune has been credited as originating the "roving warrior" archetype, which he perfected during his collaboration with Kurosawa. His martial arts instructor was Yoshio Sugino of the Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū. Sugino created the fight choreography for films such as Seven Samurai and Yojimbo, and Kurosawa instructed his actors to emulate his movements and bearing.

Clint Eastwood was among the first of many actors to adopt this wandering ronin with no name persona for foreign films, which he used to great effect in his Western roles, especially in Spaghetti Westerns directed by Sergio Leone where he played the Man with No Name, a character similar to Mifune's seemingly-nameless ronin in Yojimbo.

Mifune may also be credited with originating the Yakuza archetype, with his performance as a mobster in Kurosawa's Drunken Angel (1948), the first Yakuza film.[citation needed]

Most of the sixteen Kurosawa–Mifune films are considered cinema classics. These include Drunken Angel, Stray Dog, Rashomon, Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, High and Low, Throne of Blood (an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth), Yojimbo, and Sanjuro. (See filmography, below)

Mifune and Kurosawa finally parted ways after Red Beard. Several factors contributed to the rift that ended this career-spanning collaboration. Most of Mifune's contemporaries acted in several different movies throughout the year. Since Red Beard required Mifune to grow a natural beard — one he had to keep for the entirety of the film's two years of shooting — he was unable to act in any other films during the production. This put Mifune and his financially strapped production company deeply into debt, creating friction between him and Kurosawa. Although Red Beard played to packed houses in Japan and Europe, which helped Mifune recoup some of his losses, the ensuing years held varying outcomes for both Mifune and Kurosawa. After the film's release, the careers of each man took different arcs: Mifune continued to enjoy success with a range of samurai and war-themed films (Rebellion, Samurai Assassin, The Emperor and a General, among others). In contrast, Kurosawa's output of films dwindled and drew mixed responses. During this time, Kurosawa attempted suicide. In 1980, Mifune experienced popularity with mainstream American audiences through his role as Lord Toranaga in the television miniseries Shogun. Yet Kurosawa did not rejoice in his estranged friend's success, and publicly made derisive remarks about Shogun.[10]

According to his daughter, Mifune turned down an offer from George Lucas to play either Darth Vader or Obi-Wan Kenobi.[11]

Later life and death[edit]

Early in the 1980s, Mifune founded an acting school, Mifune Geijutsu Gakuin (三船芸術学院). The school failed after only three years, due to mismanaged finances.[citation needed]

Mifune received wide acclaim in the West after playing Toranaga in the 1980 TV miniseries Shogun. However, the series' blunt portrayal of the Japanese shogunate and the greatly abridged version shown in Japan meant that it was not as well received in his homeland.[citation needed]

The relationship between Kurosawa and Mifune remained ambivalent. While Kurosawa made some very uncharitable comments about Mifune's acting, he also admitted in Interview magazine that "All the films that I made with Mifune, without him, they would not exist". He also presented Mifune with the Kawashita award which he himself had won two years prior. They finally made something of a reconciliation in 1993 at the funeral of their friend Ishirō Honda. After making tenuous eye contact, they tearfully embraced one another, ending nearly three decades of mutual avoidance.[citation needed] They never collaborated again, nor did they have a chance to restore their friendship fully. Both died within a year of each other.

The Mifune family tomb in Kawasaki, Kanagawa

In 1992, Mifune began suffering from a serious unknown health problem. It has been variously suggested that he destroyed his health with overwork, suffered a heart attack, or experienced a stroke. For whatever reason, he abruptly retreated from public life and remained largely confined to his home, cared for by his estranged wife Sachiko. When she succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 1995, Mifune's physical and mental state began to decline rapidly.[citation needed]

On Christmas Eve 1997, he died in Mitaka, Tokyo, of multiple organ failure at the age of 77. He was survived by his two sons, his daughter, a grandson and two granddaughters.

Honors[edit]

Mifune won Volpi Cup for Best Actor twice, in 1961 and 1965. Mifune was awarded the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon in 1986[12] and the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Japanese government in 1993.[13] In 1973 he was a member of the jury at the 8th Moscow International Film Festival.[14] In 1977 he was a member of the jury at the 10th Moscow International Film Festival.[15]

On November 14, 2016, Mifune received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in the motion pictures industry, located at 6912 Hollywood Boulevard.[16][17]

Personal quotations[edit]

Of Akira Kurosawa, Toshiro Mifune said, "I am proud of nothing I have done other than with him".[18]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Due to variations in translation from the Japanese and other factors, there are multiple titles to many of Mifune's films (see IMDB link). The titles shown here are the most common ones used in the United States, with the original Japanese title listed below it in parentheses.

Release Title Director Country Role Category Series
1947.08.05 Snow Trail
(銀嶺の果て)
Senkichi Taniguchi
(谷口千吉)
Japan Ejima
(江島)
Drama / Action / Suspense
1947.10.12 These Foolish Times
(新馬鹿時代 前篇)
Kajirō Yamamoto
(山本嘉次郎)
Japan Genzaburō Ōno
(大野源三郎)
Drama / Comedy These Foolish Times [1]
(新馬鹿時代)
1947.10.26 These Foolish Times Part 2
(新馬鹿時代 後篇)
Kajirō Yamamoto
(山本嘉次郎)
Japan Genzaburō Ōno
(大野源三郎)
Drama / Comedy These Foolish Times [2]
(新馬鹿時代)
1948.04.27 Drunken Angel
(醉いどれ天使)
Akira Kurosawa
(黒澤明)
Japan Matsunaga
(松永)
Yakuza film
(ヤクザ映画)
1949.03.13 The Quiet Duel
(静かなる決闘)
Akira Kurosawa
(黒澤明)
Japan Kyōji Fujisaki
(藤崎恭二)
Drama
1949.07.11 Jakoman and Tetsu
(ジャコ萬と鉄)
Senkichi Taniguchi
(谷口千吉)
Japan Tetsu
(鐵)
Drama
1949.10.17 Stray Dog
(野良犬)
Akira Kurosawa
(黒澤明)
Japan Detective Murakami
(村上刑事)
Drama / Action / Suspense
1950.01.22 Conduct Report on Professor Ishinaka
(石中先生行状記)
Mikio Naruse
(成瀬巳喜男)
Japan Teisaku Nagasawa
(長沢貞作)
Drama Professor Ishinaka [1]
(石中先生)
1950.03.05 Escape from Prison
(脱獄)
Kajirō Yamamoto
(山本嘉次郎)
Japan Shinkichi
(新吉)
Drama
1950.04.26 Scandal
(醜聞)
Akira Kurosawa
(黒澤明)
Japan Ichirō Aoe
(青江一郎)
Drama
1950.07.01 Engagement Ring
(婚約指環)
Keisuke Kinoshita
(木下惠介)
Japan Takeshi Ema
(江間猛)
Drama / Romance
1950.08.26 Rashomon
(羅生門)
Akira Kurosawa
(黒澤明)
Japan Tajōmaru
(多襄丸)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1951.01.11 Beyond Love and Hate
(愛と憎しみの彼方へ)
Senkichi Taniguchi
(谷口千吉)
Japan Gorō Sakata
(坂田五郎)
Drama / Romance / Action
1951.02.22 Elegy
(悲歌)
Mikio Naruse
(成瀬巳喜男)
Japan Prosecutor Daisuke Toki
(土岐大輔検事)
Drama / Romance
1951.05.23 The Idiot
(白痴)
Akira Kurosawa
(黒澤明)
Japan Denkichi Akama
(赤間伝吉)
Drama / Romance
1951.07.13 Pirates
(海賊船)
Hiroshi Inagaki
(稲垣浩)
Japan Tora
(虎)
Drama / Action
1951.08.03 Meeting of the Ghost Après-Guerre
(戦後派お化け大会)
Kiyoshi Saeki
(佐伯清)
Japan Kenji Kawakami (special appearance)
(川上謙二 (特別出演))
Drama / Romance Professor Ishinaka [2]
(石中先生)
1951.10.26 Conclusion of Kojiro Sasaki: Duel at Ganryu Island
(完結 佐々木小次郎 巌流島決闘)
Hiroshi Inagaki
(稲垣浩)
Japan Musashi Miyamoto
(宮本武蔵)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1951.12.07 The Life of a Horsetrader
(馬喰一代)
Keigo Kimura
(木村恵吾)
Japan Yonetarō Katayama
(片山米太郎)
Drama
1951.12.21 Who Knows a Woman's Heart
(女ごころ誰が知る)
Kajirō Yamamoto
(山本嘉次郎)
Japan Mizuno
(水野)
Drama / Romance
1952.01.03 Vendetta for a Samurai
(荒木又右衛門 決闘鍵屋の辻)
Kazuo Mori
(森一生)
Japan Mataemon Araki
(荒木又右衛門)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1952.03.05 Foghorn
(霧笛)
Senkichi Taniguchi
(谷口千吉)
Japan Chiyokichi
(千代吉)
Drama / Romance
1952.04.17 The Life of Oharu
(西鶴一代女)
Kenji Mizoguchi
(溝口健二)
Japan Katsunosuke
(勝之介)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1952.05.14 Golden Girl
(金の卵)
Yasuki Chiba
(千葉泰樹)
Japan * supporting role * Drama
1952.05.22 Sword for Hire
(戦国無頼)
Hiroshi Inagaki
(稲垣浩)
Japan Hayatenosuke Sasa
(佐々疾風之介)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1952.07.15 Tokyo Sweetheart (aka Jewels in our Hearts)
(東京の恋人)
Yasuki Chiba
(千葉泰樹)
Japan Kurokawa
(黒川)
Drama / Comedy
1952.10.23 Swift Current
(激流)
Senkichi Taniguchi
(谷口千吉)
Japan Shunsuke Kosugi
(小杉俊介)
Drama / Romance / Action
1952.11.27 The Man Who Came to Port
(港へ来た男)
Ishirō Honda
(本多猪四郎)
Japan Gorō Niinuma
(新沼五郎)
Drama
1953.01.15 My Wonderful Yellow Car
(吹けよ春風)
Ishirō Honda
(本多猪四郎)
Japan Matsumura
(松村)
Drama
1953.03.12 The Last Embrace
(抱擁)
Masahiro Makino
(マキノ雅弘)
Japan Shinkichi / Hayakawa (dual roles)
(伸吉 / 早川 (二役))
Drama / Romance
1953.03.26 Love in a Teacup (aka Sunflower Girl)
(ひまわり娘)
Yasuki Chiba
(千葉泰樹)
Japan Ippei Hitachi
(日立一平)
Drama
1953.10.21 Eagle of the Pacific
(太平洋の鷲)
Ishirō Honda
(本多猪四郎)
Japan 1st Lieutenant Jōichi Tomonaga
(友永丈市大尉)
World War II film
(第二次世界大戦映画)
1954.04.26 Seven Samurai
(七人の侍)
Akira Kurosawa
(黒澤明)
Japan Kikuchiyo
(菊千代)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1954.09.26 Samurai I : Musashi Miyamoto
(宮本武蔵)
Hiroshi Inagaki
(稲垣浩)
Japan Musashi Miyamoto (Takezō Shinmen)
(宮本武蔵 (新免武蔵))
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
The Samurai Trilogy [1]
(宮本武蔵)
1954.10.20 The Sound of Waves
(潮騒)
Senkichi Taniguchi
(谷口千吉)
Japan Skipper of the Utashima-maru
(歌島丸の船長)
Drama / Romance
1954.11.30 The Black Fury
(密輸船)
Toshio Sugie
(杉江敏男)
Japan Eiichi Tsuda
(津田栄一)
Action / Drama / Suspense
1955.01.03 The Merciless Boss: A Man Among Men
(顔役無用 男性No.1)
Kajirō Yamamoto
(山本嘉次郎)
Japan "Buick" Maki
(ビュイックの牧)
Yakuza film
(ヤクザ映画)
1955.01.29 All Is Well
(天下泰平)
Toshio Sugie
(杉江敏男)
Japan Daikichi Risshun
(立春大吉)
Drama All is Well [1]
(天下泰平)
1955.02.20 All Is Well Part 2
(続天下泰平)
Toshio Sugie
(杉江敏男)
Japan Daikichi Risshun
(立春大吉)
Drama All is Well [2]
(天下泰平)
1955.05.10 No Time for Tears
(男ありて)
Seiji Maruyama
(丸山誠治)
Japan Mitsuo Yano
(矢野光男)
Drama
1955.07.12 Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple
(続宮本武蔵 一乗寺の決斗)
Hiroshi Inagaki
(稲垣浩)
Japan Musashi Miyamoto
(宮本武蔵)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
The Samurai Trilogy [2]
(宮本武蔵)
1955.11.22 I Live in Fear (aka Record of a Living Being)
(生きものの記録)
Akira Kurosawa
(黒澤明)
Japan Kiichi Nakajima
(中島喜一)
Drama
1956.01.03 Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island
(宮本武蔵 完結篇 決闘巌流島)
Hiroshi Inagaki
(稲垣浩)
Japan Musashi Miyamoto
(宮本武蔵)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
The Samurai Trilogy [3]
(宮本武蔵)
1956.01.29 Rainy Night Duel
(黒帯三国志)
Senkichi Taniguchi
(谷口千吉)
Japan Masahiko Koseki
(小関昌彦)
Judo film / Yakuza film
(柔道映画) / (ヤクザ映画)
1956.02.26 The Underworld
(暗黒街)
Kajirō Yamamoto
(山本嘉次郎)
Japan Chief Inspector Kumada
(熊田捜査主任)
Yakuza film
(ヤクザ映画)
The Underworld [1]
(暗黒街)
1956.03.28 Settlement of Love
(愛情の決算)
Shin Saburi
(佐分利信)
Japan Shuntarō Ōhira
(大平俊太郎)
Drama / Romance
1956.05.03 A Wife's Heart
(妻の心)
Mikio Naruse
(成瀬巳喜男)
Japan Kenkichi Takemura
(竹村健吉)
Drama / Romance
1956.05.10 Scoundrel
(ならず者)
Nobuo Aoyagi
(青柳信雄)
Japan Kanji
(寛次)
Drama / Action
1956.08.08 Rebels on the High Seas
(囚人船)
Hiroshi Inagaki
(稲垣浩)
Japan Tokuzō Matsuo
(松尾徳造)
Action / Adventure
1957.01.15 Throne of Blood (aka Spider Web Castle)
(蜘蛛巣城)
Akira Kurosawa
(黒澤明)
Japan Taketoki Washizu
(鷲津武時)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1957.02.05 A Man in the Storm
(嵐の中の男)
Senkichi Taniguchi
(谷口千吉)
Japan Saburō Watari
(渡三郎)
Judo film / Yakuza film
(柔道映画) / (ヤクザ映画)
1957.02.19 Be Happy, These Two Lovers
(この二人に幸あれ)
Ishirō Honda
(本多猪四郎)
Japan Toshio Maruyama
(丸山俊夫)
Drama / Romance
1957.04.14 Yagyu Secret Scrolls Part 1
(柳生武芸帳)
Hiroshi Inagaki
(稲垣浩)
Japan Tasaburō Kasumi
(霞の多三郎)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
Yagyu Secret Scrolls [1]
(柳生武芸帳)
1957.07.30 A Dangerous Hero
(危険な英雄)
Hideo Suzuki
(鈴木英夫)
Japan Athlete Kawada
(川田選手)
Drama
1957.09.17 The Lower Depths
(どん底)
Akira Kurosawa
(黒澤明)
Japan Sutekichi (the thief)
(捨吉 (泥棒))
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1957.10.29 Downtown
(下町)
Yasuki Chiba
(千葉泰樹)
Japan Yoshio Tsuruishi
(鶴石芳雄)
Drama
1958.01.03 Yagyu Secret Scrolls Part 2
(柳生武芸帳 双龍秘剣)
Hiroshi Inagaki
(稲垣浩)
Japan Tasaburō Ōtsuki
(大月多三郎)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
Yagyu Secret Scrolls [2]
(柳生武芸帳)
1958.04.15 Holiday in Tokyo
(東京の休日)
Kajirō Yamamoto
(山本嘉次郎)
Japan Tenkai's nephew Jirō
(天海の甥・二郎)
Drama
1958.04.22 Muhomatsu, The Rikshaw Man
(無法松の一生)
Hiroshi Inagaki
(稲垣浩)
Japan Matsugorō Tomishima
(富島松五郎)
Drama
1958.04.29 Yaji and Kita on the Road (aka The Happy Pilgrimage)
(弥次喜多道中記)
Yasuki Chiba
(千葉泰樹)
Japan Toshinoshin Taya
(田谷敏之進)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1958.05.26 All About Marriage
(結婚のすべて)
Kihachi Okamoto
(岡本喜八)
Japan Acting teacher (cameo appearance)
(演出家 (カメオ出演))
Drama / Romance
1958.11.23 Theater of Life
(人生劇場 青春篇)
Toshio Sugie
(杉江敏男)
Japan Hishakaku
(飛車角)
Yakuza film
(ヤクザ映画)
1958.12.28 The Hidden Fortress
(隠し砦の三悪人)
Akira Kurosawa
(黒澤明)
Japan Rokurōta Makabe
(真壁六郎太)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1959.01.15 Boss of the Underworld
(暗黒街の顔役)
Kihachi Okamoto
(岡本喜八)
Japan Daisuke Kashimura
(樫村大助)
Yakuza film
(ヤクザ映画)
The Underworld [2]
(暗黒街)
1959.04.28 Samurai Saga
(或る剣豪の生涯)
Hiroshi Inagaki
(稲垣浩)
Japan Heihachirō Komaki
(駒木兵八郎)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1959.08.09 The Saga of the Vagabonds
(戦国群盗伝)
Toshio Sugie
(杉江敏男)
Japan Rokurō Kai
(甲斐六郎)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1959.10.06 Desperado Outpost
(独立愚連隊)
Kihachi Okamoto
(岡本喜八)
Japan Battalion Commander Kodama
(児玉大尉)
World War II film
(第二次世界大戦映画)
1959.10.25 The Three Treasures
(日本誕生)
Hiroshi Inagaki
(稲垣浩)
Japan Prince Takeru Yamato / Prince Susano'o (dual roles)
(日本武尊 / 須佐之男命 (二役))
Tokusatsu / Japanese mythology
(特撮) / (日本神話)
1960.01.03 The Last Gunfight
(暗黒街の対決)
Kihachi Okamoto
(岡本喜八)
Japan Detective Saburō Fujioka
(藤丘三郎刑事)
Yakuza film
(ヤクザ映画)
The Underworld [3]
(暗黒街)
1960.03.29 The Gambling Samurai
(国定忠治)
Senkichi Taniguchi
(谷口千吉)
Japan Chūji Kunisada
(国定忠治)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1960.04.26 Storm Over the Pacific
(ハワイ・ミッドウェイ大海空戦 太平洋の嵐)
Shūe Matsubayashi
(松林宗恵)
Japan Tamon Yamaguchi
(山口多聞)
World War II film
(第二次世界大戦映画)
1960.08.14 Man Against Man
(男対男)
Senkichi Taniguchi
(谷口千吉)
Japan Kaji
(梶)
Yakuza film
(ヤクザ映画)
1960.09.15 The Bad Sleep Well
(悪い奴ほどよく眠る)
Akira Kurosawa
(黒澤明)
Japan Kōichi Nishi
(西幸一)
Drama / Suspense
1960.12.25 Salaryman Chushingura Part 1
(サラリーマン忠臣蔵)
Toshio Sugie
(杉江敏男)
Japan Kazuo Momoi
(桃井和雄)
Drama / Comedy Salaryman Chushingura [1]
(サラリーマン忠臣蔵)
1961.01.03 The Story of Osaka Castle
(大坂城物語)
Hiroshi Inagaki
(稲垣浩)
Japan Mohei[19]
(茂兵衛)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1961.02.25 Salaryman Chushingura Part 2
(続サラリーマン忠臣蔵)
Toshio Sugie
(杉江敏男)
Japan Kazuo Momoi
(桃井和雄)
Drama / Comedy Salaryman Chushingura [2]
(サラリーマン忠臣蔵)
1961.04.25 Yojimbo (aka The Bodyguard)
(用心棒)
Akira Kurosawa
(黒澤明)
Japan Sanjūrō Kuwabata
(桑畑三十郎)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
Sanjūrō [1]
(三十郎)
1961.09.17 The Youth and his Amulet
(ゲンと不動明王)
Hiroshi Inagaki
(稲垣浩)
Japan Fudō Myō-ō
(不動明王)
Tokusatsu / Drama
(特撮映画) / (ドラマ映画)
1961.11.03 Ánimas Trujano, the Important Man
(ÁNIMAS TRUJANO, EL HOMBRE IMPORTANTE)
Ismael Rodríguez Mexico Ánimas Trujano Cinema of Mexico
1962.01.01 Sanjuro
(椿三十郎)
Akira Kurosawa
(黒澤明)
Japan Sanjūrō Tsubaki
(椿三十郎)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
Sanjūrō [2]
(三十郎)
1962.04.29 Tatsu
(どぶろくの辰)
Hiroshi Inagaki
(稲垣浩)
Japan Tatsu
(辰)
Drama
1962.06.01 Three Gentlemen Return from Hong Kong
(続・社長洋行記)
Toshio Sugie
(杉江敏男)
Japan Cho Chishō (Zhang Zhizhang) (cameo role)
(張知章 (カメオ出演))
Comedy
1962.11.03 Chushingura: Story of Flower, Story of Snow
(忠臣蔵 花の巻・雪の巻)
Hiroshi Inagaki
(稲垣浩)
Japan Genba Tawaraboshi
(俵星玄蕃)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1963.01.03 Attack Squadron!
(太平洋の翼)
Shūe Matsubayashi
(松林宗恵)
Japan Lt. Colonel Senda
(千田中佐)
World War II film
(第二次世界大戦映画)
1963.03.01 High and Low (aka Heaven and Hell)
(天国と地獄)
Akira Kurosawa
(黒澤明)
Japan Kingo Gondō
(権藤金吾)
Drama / Suspense
1963.04.28 Legacy of the 500,000
(五十万人の遺産)
Toshirō Mifune
(三船敏郎)
Japan Takeichi Matsuo and Producer and Director
(松尾武市 兼 製作 兼 監督)
Drama / Action / Adventure
1963.10.26 The Great Bandit (aka The Lost World of Sinbad)
(大盗賊)
Senkichi Taniguchi
(谷口千吉)
Japan Sukezaemon Naya (Sukezaemon Luzon)
(菜屋助左衛門 (呂宋助左衛門))
Tokusatsu / Jidaigeki
(特撮) / (時代劇)
1964.01.13 Whirlwind
(士魂魔道 大龍巻)
Hiroshi Inagaki
(稲垣浩)
Japan Morishige Akashi
(明石守重)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1965.01.03 Samurai Assassin (aka Samurai)
(侍)
Kihachi Okamoto
(岡本喜八)
Japan Tsuruchiyo Niiro
(新納鶴千代)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1965.04.03 Red Beard
(赤ひげ)
Akira Kurosawa
(黒澤明)
Japan Dr. Kyojō Niide (Red Beard)
(新出去定医師 (赤ひげ))
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1965.05.29 Sanshiro Sugata
(姿三四郎)
Seiichirō Uchikawa
(内川清一郎)
Japan Shōgorō Yano
(矢野正五郎)
Judo film
(柔道映画)
1965.06.19 The Retreat from Kiska
(太平洋奇跡の作戦 キスカ)
Seiji Maruyama
(丸山誠治)
Japan Major General Omura
(大村少将)
World War II film
(第二次世界大戦映画)
1965.09.18 Fort Graveyard
(血と砂)
Kihachi Okamoto
(岡本喜八)
Japan Sergeant Kosugi
(小杉曹長)
World War II film
(第二次世界大戦映画)
1966.01.15 Rise Against the Sword (aka Wild Goemon)
(暴れ豪右衛門)
Hiroshi Inagaki
(稲垣浩)
Japan Shinobu no Gōemon
(信夫の豪右衛門)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1966.02.25 The Sword of Doom
(大菩薩峠)
Kihachi Okamoto
(岡本喜八)
Japan Toranosuke Shimada[20]
(島田虎之助)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1966.04.28 The Adventure of Kigan Castle
(奇巌城の冒険)
Senkichi Taniguchi
(谷口千吉)
Japan Ōsumi
(大角)
Tokusatsu / Adventure
(特撮) / (冒険)
1966.07.13 The Mad Atlantic
(怒涛一万浬)
Jun Fukuda
(福田純)
Japan Heihachirō Murakami
(村上平八郎)
Drama / Adventure
1966.12.21 Grand Prix John Frankenheimer U.S. Izō Yamura
(矢村以蔵)
Auto racing drama
1967.05.27 Samurai Rebellion
(上意討ち 拝領妻始末)
Masaki Kobayashi
(小林正樹)
Japan Isaburō Sasahara
(笹原伊三郎)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1967.08.03 Japan's Longest Day
(日本のいちばん長い日)
Kihachi Okamoto
(岡本喜八)
Japan Korechika Anami
(阿南惟幾)
World War II film
(第二次世界大戦映画)
1968.02.17 The Sands of Kurobe
(黒部の太陽)
Kei Kumai
(熊井啓)
Japan Satoshi Kitagawa
(北川覚)
Drama
1968.08.14 Admiral Yamamoto
(連合艦隊司令長官 山本五十六)
Seiji Maruyama
(丸山誠治)
Japan Isoroku Yamamoto
(山本五十六)
World War II film
(第二次世界大戦映画)
1968.11.23 The Day the Sun Rose (aka Gion Festival)
(祇園祭)
Tetsuya Yamanouchi
(山内鉄也)
Japan Kumaza
(熊左)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1968.12.18 Hell in the Pacific John Boorman U.S. Captain Tsuruhiko Kuroda
(黒田鶴彦大尉)
World War II film
(第二次世界大戦映画)
1969.03.01 Samurai Banners
(風林火山)
Hiroshi Inagaki
(稲垣浩)
Japan Kansuke Yamamoto
(山本勘助)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1969.07.15 Safari 5000
(栄光への5000キロ)
Koreyoshi Kurahara
(蔵原惟繕)
Japan Yūichirō Takase
(高瀬雄一郎)
Auto racing drama
1969.08.01 The Battle of the Japan Sea
(日本海大海戦)
Seiji Maruyama
(丸山誠治)
Japan Heihachirō Tōgō
(東郷平八郎)
Russo-Japanese War film
(日露戦争映画)
1969.10.10 Red Lion
(赤毛)
Kihachi Okamoto
(岡本喜八)
Japan Akage no Gonzō and Producer
(赤毛の権三 兼 製作)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1969.12.05 Shinsengumi
(新選組)
Tadashi Sawashima
(沢島忠)
Japan Isami Kondō and Producer
(近藤勇 兼 製作)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1970.01.15 Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo
(座頭市と用心棒)
Kihachi Okamoto
(岡本喜八)
Japan Daisaku Sasa
(佐々大作)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1970.02.14 The Ambitious
(幕末)
Daisuke Itō
(伊藤大輔)
Japan Shōjirō Gotō
(後藤象二郎)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1970.03.21 Incident at Blood Pass
(待ち伏せ)
Hiroshi Inagaki
(稲垣浩)
Japan Tōzaburō Shinogi and Producer
(鎬刀三郎 兼 製作)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1970.06.06 The Walking Major
(ある兵士の賭け)
Keith Eric Burt Japan Tadao Kinugasa
(衣笠忠夫)
Korean War film
1970.08.11 The Militarists
(激動の昭和史 軍閥)
Hiromichi Horikawa
(堀川弘通)
Japan Isoroku Yamamoto
(山本五十六)
World War II film
(第二次世界大戦映画)
1971.09.15 Red Sun Terence Young France / Italy / Spain Jūbei Kuroda
(黒田重兵衛)
Western / Samurai
1975.05.01 Paper Tiger Ken Annakin U.K. Ambassador Kagoyama
(カゴヤマ大使)
Drama / Action
1976.06.18 Midway Jack Smight U.S. Isoroku Yamamoto
(山本五十六)
World War II film
(第二次世界大戦映画)
1977.10.08 Proof of the Man
(人間の証明)
Junya Satō
(佐藤純彌)
Japan Yōhei Kōri (special appearance)
(郡陽平 (特別出演))
Drama / Suspense
1977.10.29 Japanese Godfather: Ambition
(日本の首領 野望篇)
Sadao Nakajima
(中島貞夫)
Japan Kōsuke Ōishi
(大石剛介)
Yakuza film
(ヤクザ映画)
Japanese Godfather [2]
(日本の首領)
1978.01.21 Shogun's Samurai (aka The Yagyu Clan Conspiracy)
(柳生一族の陰謀)
Kinji Fukasaku
(深作欣二)
Japan Yoshinao Tokugawa
(徳川義直)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1978.04.01 Shag (aka Dog Flute)
(犬笛)
Sadao Nakajima
(中島貞夫)
Japan Captain Takeo Murata
(村田武雄船長)
Drama / Action / Suspense
1978.06.03 Lady Ogin
(お吟さま)
Kei Kumai
(熊井啓)
Japan Hideyoshi Toyotomi
(豊臣秀吉)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1978.09.09 Japanese Godfather: Conclusion
(日本の首領 完結篇)
Sadao Nakajima
(中島貞夫)
Japan Kōsuke Ōishi
(大石剛介)
Yakuza film
(ヤクザ映画)
Japanese Godfather [3]
(日本の首領)
1978.10.28 The Fall of Ako Castle
(赤穂城断絶)
Kinji Fukasaku
(深作欣二)
Japan Chikara Tsuchiya
(土屋主税)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1978.12.23 Lord Incognito
(水戸黄門)
Tetsuya Yamanouchi
(山内鉄也)
Japan Sakuzaemon Okumura
(奥村作左衛門)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1979.05.11 Winter Kills William Richert U.S. Keith (secretary)
(キース (秘書))
Drama / Suspense
1979.07.14 The Adventures of Kosuke Kindaichi
(金田一耕助の冒険)
Nobuhiko Ōbayashi
(大林宣彦)
Japan Kōsuke Kindaichi XI
(11代目金田一耕助)
Comedy / Mystery
1979.12.01 Onmitsu Doshin: The Edo Secret Police
(隠密同心・大江戸捜査網)
Akinori Matsuo
(松尾昭典)
Japan Sadanobu Matsudaira
(松平定信)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1979.12.13 1941 Steven Spielberg U.S. Cmdr. Akiro Mitamura
(アキロー・ミタムラ中佐)
Action / Comedy / WWII
1980.08.02 The Battle of Port Arthur (aka 203 Koichi)[21]
(二百三高地)
Toshio Masuda
(舛田利雄)
Japan Emperor Meiji
(明治天皇)
Russo-Japanese War film
(日露戦争映画)
1980.11.09 Shogun [theatrical edit]
(将軍 SHOGUN)
Jerry London U.S. / Japan Toranaga Yoshii
(吉井虎長)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
Shogun [1]
(将軍)
1981 The Bushido Blade Tom Kotani
(小谷承靖)
U.S. / U.K. / Japan Shogun's Commander Fukusai Hayashi
(江戸幕府の特命全権大使・林復斎)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1981.05.04 Inchon! Terence Young U.S. Saitō-san
(斉藤さん)
Korean War film
1982.07.23 The Challenge John Frankenheimer U.S. Toru Yoshida
(吉田徹)
Action / Samurai
1982.10.30 Conquest
(制覇)
Sadao Nakajima
(中島貞夫)
Japan Masao Tadokoro
(田所政雄)
Yakuza film
(ヤクザ映画)
1983.01.29 Theater of Life
(人生劇場)
Kinji Fukasaku (深作欣二)
Junya Satō (佐藤純彌)
Sadao Nakajima (中島貞夫)
Japan Hyōtarō Aonari (special appearance)
(青成瓢太郎 (特別出演))
Yakuza film
(ヤクザ映画)
1983.06.04 Battle Anthem
(日本海大海戦 海ゆかば)
Toshio Masuda
(舛田利雄)
Japan Heihachirō Tōgō
(東郷平八郎)
Russo-Japanese War film
(日露戦争映画)
1984.04.28 The Miracle of Joe Petrel
(海燕ジョーの奇跡)
Toshiya Fujita
(藤田敏八)
Japan Fisherman
(漁師)
Drama / Action
1985.03.23 Legend of the Holy Woman
(聖女伝説)
Tōru Murakawa
(村川透)
Japan Kōzō Kanzaki (special appearance)
(神崎弘造 (特別出演))
Drama / Crime / Romance
1986.01.15 Song of the Genkai Sea
(玄海つれづれ節)
Masanobu Deme
(出目昌伸)
Japan Kyūbei Matsufuji
(松藤九兵衛)
Drama / Comedy / Yakuza
1987 Shatterer (aka Sicilian Connection) Tonino Valerii Italy / Japan Murai
(村井)
Drama / Action
1987.08.15 Tora-san Goes North
(男はつらいよ 知床慕情)
Yōji Yamada
(山田洋次)
Japan Junkichi Ueno
(上野順吉)
Drama / Comedy / Romance
1987.09.26 Princess from the Moon
(竹取物語)
Kon Ichikawa
(市川崑)
Japan Taketori-no-Miyatsuko
(竹取の造)
Tokusatsu / Japanese folklore
(特撮) / (日本の伝承)
1989.04.15 The Demon Comes in Spring
(春来る鬼)
Akira Kobayashi
(小林旭)
Japan Kukkune no jî
(くっくねの爺)
Drama / Romance
1989.10.07 CF Girl
(CFガール)
Izō Hashimoto
(橋本以蔵)
Japan Shūichirō Hase
(長谷周一郎)
Drama
1989.10.07 Death of a Tea Master
(千利休 本覺坊遺文)
Kei Kumai
(熊井啓)
Japan Sen no Rikyū
(千利休)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1991.04.27 Strawberry Road
(ストロベリーロード)
Koreyoshi Kurahara
(蔵原惟繕)
Japan Taoka
(田岡)
Issei drama
1991.04.27 Journey of Honor
(兜 KABUTO)
Gordon Hessler U.S. / U.K. / Japan Ieyasu Tokugawa
(徳川家康)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
Shogun [2]
(将軍)
1992.11.12 Shadow of the Wolf
(AGAGUK)
Jacques Dorfmann,
Pierre Magny
Canada / France Kroomak Inuit adventure
1995.04.28 Picture Bride Kayo Hatta U.S. The Benshi
(弁士)
Issei drama
1995.06.24 Deep River
(深い河)
Kei Kumai
(熊井啓)
Japan Tsukada
(塚田)
Drama

Television[edit]

All programs originally aired in Japan except for Shōgun which aired in the U.S. on NBC in September 1980 before being subsequently broadcast in Japan on TV Asahi from March 30 to April 6, 1981.

All 'episodes' ran one-hour on TV, unless noted otherwise. All 'TV movies' and mini-series 'parts' ran two-hours on TV, unless noted otherwise.

Airdate Title Type Role Category
1967.05.11 He of the Sun
(太陽のあいつ)
TV series - Episode 3
(30 min)
Himself (uncredited appearance)
(本人 (ノンクレジット出演))
TV drama
(テレビドラマ)
1968.10.08 -
1969.04.01
Five Freelance Samurai
(五人の野武士)
TV series - Episodes 1,2,14,15,17,26 Jirō Yoshikage Funayama
(船山次郎義景)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1971.01.05 -
1971.12.28
Dai Chushingura
(大忠臣蔵)
TV series - All 52 episodes Kuranosuke Ōishi
(大石内蔵助)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1972.01.04 -
1973.03.27
Ronin of the Wilderness [Season 1]
(荒野の素浪人)
TV series - All 65 episodes Kujūrō Tōge
(峠九十郎)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1973.04.03 -
1973.12.25
Yojimbo of the Wilderness
(荒野の用心棒)
TV series - Episodes 3,5,7,9,11 Kujūrō Tōge (Wandering Lowly Rōnin)
(峠九十郎 (旅の素浪人))
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1974.01.01 -
1974.09.24
Ronin of the Wilderness [Season 2]
(新・荒野の素浪人)
TV series - All 39 episodes Kujūrō Tōge
(峠九十郎)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1975.04.01 -
1975.09.30
The Sword, the Wind, and the Lullaby
(剣と風と子守唄)
TV series - All 27 episodes Jūzaburō Toride
(砦十三郎)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1976.04.03 -
1976.09.25
The Secret Inspectors
(隠し目付参上)
TV series - Episodes 1,2,3,4,7,10,11,18,22,26 Naizen-no-shō Tsukumo / Izu-no-kami Nobuakira Matsudaira (dual roles)
(九十九内膳正 / 松平伊豆守信明 (二役))
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1976.04.28 -
1976.09.22
Ronin in a Lawless Town
(人魚亭異聞 無法街の素浪人)
TV series - All 23 episodes Mister Danna
(ミスターの旦那)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1977.07.16 Edo Dragnet
(大江戸捜査網)
TV series - Episode 301 Yūgen Ōtaki
(大滝幽玄)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1978.01.10 -
1978.09.26
Falcons of Edo
(江戸の鷹 御用部屋犯科帖)
TV series - All 38 episodes Kanbei Uchiyama
(内山勘兵衛)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1979.04.02 Edo o Kiru IV
(江戸を斬るIV)
TV series - Episode 8 Shūsaku Chiba (special appearance)
(千葉周作 (特別出演))
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1979 Prosecutor Saburo Kirishima
(検事霧島三郎)
TV series - Episode ...?... Chief Prosecutor Mori (special appearance)
(森検事正 (特別出演))
TV drama
(テレビドラマ)
1979 Akō Rōshi
(赤穂浪士)
TV series - Episode 30 Sakon Tachibana (special appearance)
(立花左近 (特別出演))
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1979.10.02 -
1980.03.25
Fangs of Edo
(江戸の牙)
TV series - Episodes 1, 17, 26 Gunbei Asahina
(朝比奈軍兵衛)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1979.10.13 -
1979.12.29
Hideout in Room 7
(駆け込みビル7号室)
TV series - 11 Episodes Gōsuke Saegusa
(三枝剛介)
TV drama
(テレビドラマ)
1980.09.15 -
1980.09.19
Shōgun
(将軍 SHOGUN)
TV mini-series - 5 parts [Note 1] Toranaga Yoshii
(吉井虎長)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1980.12.27 It's 8 O'Clock! Everybody Gather 'Round
(8時だョ!全員集合)
TV variety show - 1 episode [Note 2] Himself / Sakon Shima (big guest)
(本人 / 島左近 (ビッグゲスト))
Public variety show
(公開バラエティ番組)
1981.01.02 -
1981.01.04
Sekigahara
(関ヶ原)
TV mini-series - 3 parts [Note 3] Sakon Shima
(島左近)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1981.05.15 -
1982.02.26
Ten Duels of Young Shingo
(新吾十番勝負)
TV movie series - Parts 1 and 2 [Note 4] Tamon Umei
(梅井多聞)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1981.07.09 My Daughter! Fly on the Wings of Love and Tears
(娘よ! 愛と涙の翼で翔べ)
TV movie TV drama
(テレビドラマ)
1981.09.29 Tuesday Suspense Theater: The Spherical Wilderness
(火曜サスペンス劇場 球形の荒野)
TV movie Kenichirō Nogami
(野上顕一郎)
TV drama
(テレビドラマ)
1981.10.20 -
1982.04.13
Bungo Detective Story
(文吾捕物帳)
TV series - Episodes 5,10,13,18,26 Shūsaku Chiba (special appearances)
(千葉周作 (特別出演))
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1981.10.30 -
1983.08.05
The Lowly Ronin
(素浪人罷り通る)
TV movie series - 6 parts Lowly Rōnin Shūtō Shunka
(素浪人 春夏秋冬)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1982.09.19 The Happy Yellow Handkerchief
(幸福の黄色いハンカチ)
TV series - Episode 4 Kenzō Shima
(島謙造)
TV drama
(テレビドラマ)
1983.02.07 -
1983.02.10
The Brave Man Says Little
(勇者は語らず いま、日米自動車戦争は)
TV series - All 4 episodes Ryūzō Kawana
(川奈龍三)
TV drama
(テレビドラマ)
1983.11.03 The Women at Osaka Castle
(女たちの大坂城)
TV movie Ieyasu Tokugawa
(徳川家康)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1983.11.10 The Secret of Cruel Valley
(魔境 殺生谷の秘密)
TV movie Lowly Rōnin
(素浪人)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1984.01.08 -
1984.12.23
The Burning Mountain River
(山河燃ゆ)
TV series - …51… episodes Otoshichi Amō
(天羽乙七)
WWII Taiga drama [22]
(大河ドラマ)
1984.04.02 Okita Soji: Swordsman of Fire
(燃えて、散る 炎の剣士 沖田総司)
TV movie Shūsai Kondō
(近藤周斎)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1984.08.26 Toshiba Sunday Theater #1442: Summer Encounter
(東芝日曜劇場 第1442回 夏の出逢い)
TV movie Takeya Ōnuki
(大貫剛也)
TV drama
(テレビドラマ)
1987.09.10 Masterpiece Jidaigeki: National Advisor Breakthrough! Hikozaemon Geki
(傑作時代劇 天下の御意見番罷り通る!彦左衛門外記)
TV anthology series - Episode 21 Hikozaemon Ōkubo
(大久保彦左衛門)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)
1990.04.20 Heaven and Earth: Dawn Episode
(天と地と~黎明編)
TV movie Tamekage Nagao
(長尾為景)
Jidaigeki
(時代劇)

Documentary[edit]

2016 film Mifune: The Last Samurai directed by Steven Okazaki.[22][23]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Shogun Parts 1 & 5: 159 minutes, Parts 2-4: 93 minutes (without commercials).
  2. ^ Mifune's appeareance on It's 8 O'Clock! Everybody Gather 'Round was to promote the upcoming New Year's broadcast of Sekigahara. Mifune appeared on stage in a comedic samurai sketch wearing his Sakon Shima armor from the mini-series. In addition, Mifune sang with the "Little Singers of Tokyo" (少年少女合唱隊) in another segment.
  3. ^ Sekigahara Parts 1 & 2: 93 minutes, Part 3: 148 minutes (without commercials).
  4. ^ Ten Duels of Young Shingo Part 3, which did not feature Mifune but which concludes the story, aired on 1982.07.30.

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Toshiro Mifune presented in Arts section". www.newsfinder.org. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  4. ^ James E. Wise Jr.; Scott Baron. International Stars at War. p. 132.
  5. ^ Sharp, Jasper (2011). Historical Dictionary of Japanese Cinema. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. pp. 162–65. ISBN 9780810857957. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Rashomon". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  7. ^ "Oddstuff, Toshiro Mifune and Sachiko Yoshimine' wedding,..." Oddstuff. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  8. ^ "A great photo spread of Toshiro Mifune's wedding to Sachiko Yoshimine in 1950. Eiga Fan, March 1950". Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  9. ^ Kurosawa, Akira. Something like an autobiography. Translated by Audie Bock. p. 161.
  10. ^ "Akira Kurosawa Film director shocked by 'Shogun' – - Lawrence Journal-World Nov. 2, 1980 page 20". Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  11. ^ "Toshiro Mifune turned down Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader roles". The Guardian. 2015.
  12. ^ "Toshiro Mifune -Biography-". www.mifuneproductions.co.jp. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  13. ^ L'Harmattan web site (in French), Order with gold ribbon
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  15. ^ "10th Moscow International Film Festival (1977)". MIFF. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
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  19. ^ Stuart Galbraith IV (16 May 2008). The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography. Scarecrow Press. p. 177. ISBN 978-1-4616-7374-3.
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  21. ^ The Battle of Port Arthur (203 Koshi) in the Internet Movie Database
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