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 Marin 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.
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 actor discusses his life and career in this interview with critic and writer David Shipman, recorded at the NFT
Illustrated booklet with new writing by Steven Okazaki and Stuart Galbraith lV, an interview with the director, biography of Toshiro Mifune by Philip Kemp and full film credits