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Peter Martin
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Posted: 01 April 2020 at 7:31pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Toshiro Mifune was born 1st April 1920. TCM has today been showing a selection of his films, including Rashomon, Yojimbo, Throne of Blood and Seven Samurai.

I think he was a remarkable actor, quite unlike anyone else.
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 02 April 2020 at 5:45pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Throne of Blood is an absolute must-see. I generally do not like subtitled films, but it is hands down my favorite adaptation of Macbeth.

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Mario Ribeiro
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Posted: 03 April 2020 at 6:29am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

One of the amazing. I see they also showed High and Low, which is one of their best.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 03 April 2020 at 8:17am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

His name will be forever cemented in my mind in connection with an exchange on the old HE & SHE sitcom from the late Sixties. Oscar North, a pompous and not too bright actor (and prototype for Ted Baxter) is buying a house in Hollywood, and he shows a picture to HE, Dick Hollister.

OSCAR: Whose house do you think that is?

DICK: That's Toshiro Mifune's house, Oscar.

OSCAR: How did you guess?

DICK: That's Toshiro standing on the front lawn.

OSCAR: Oh. I thought that was the gardener.

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Peter Martin
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Posted: 03 April 2020 at 9:20am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I see they also showed High and Low, which is one of their best.
Yes, that's what I watched (and I DVR'd Yojimbo). Fascinating snapshot of a certain time and place in Japan. First Kurosawa pic I've seen in a 'contemporary' setting. Mifune as excellent as ever. A curious experience to have so many familiar faces from other Kurosawa films crop up, including three of the Seven Samurai (checking t'internet, it's actually four!), and Tatsuya Nakadai as the leading investigator, previously ingrained in my mind as the psycho with a gun in Yojimbo.

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Cory Vandernet
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Posted: 03 April 2020 at 12:57pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Mifune is a favorite actor of mine. He did a lot of great movies beyond the Kurosawa films. 

Mifune played the wandering Yojimbo in 2 more films 
'Zatoichi meets Yojimbo' and 'Incident at Blood Pass' (Machibuse) there was going to be a 5th Yojimbo appearance in 'Goyokin' but Mifune walked off the set due to extreme weather and director problems.

Other favorites of mine are..

The Samurai Trilogy (Musashi Miyamoto)

Samurai Rebellion (Joiuchi) - Probably my favorite Mifune film

Japan's Longest Day - The true story of the last day of WWII


Life of a Swordsman - Mifune plays Cyrano de Bergerac

Samurai Pirate (The Great Bandit) - kind of a Sinbad move

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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 03 April 2020 at 4:08pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Hard to pick what would be his greatest role, but his turn in SEVEN SAMURAI is easily my favorite.

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