In medieval Japan, aging Rokubei, his younger wife of four years Osugi and her uncle run a tenement complex at the bottom of a cliff Read More »
Tag Archives: Toshirô Mifune
Miyamoto Musashi / Samurai 1: Musashi Miyamoto (1954) Hiroshi Inagaki, Toshirô Mifune, Mariko Okada, Rentarô Mikuni, Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
With his closest friend, Matahachi, Takezo (the town’s wild, orphan kid) leaves his village to join an army on its way to battle. Read More »
Nora Inu / Stray Dog (1949) Akira Kurosawa, Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Awaji, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Murukami, a young homicide detective, has his pocket picked on a bus and loses his pistol. Read More »
Yôjinbô / Yojimbo (1961) Akira Kurosawa, Toshirô Mifune, Eijirô Tôno, Tatsuya Nakadai, Action, Drama, Thriller
Sanjuro, a wandering samurai enters a rural town in nineteenth century Japan. After learning from the innkeeper that the town is divided between two gangsters, he plays one side off against the other. Read More »
Ikimono no kiroku / I Live in Fear (1955) Akira Kurosawa, Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Drama
Kiichi Nakajima, an elderly foundry owner, is so frightened and obsessed with the idea of nuclear extermination that his family decides to have him ruled incompetent. Read More »
Ginrei no hate / Snow Trail (1947) Senkichi Taniguchi, Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Yoshio Kosugi, Action, Crime, Drama
Three bank robbers, Eijima, Nojiri, and Takasugi, flee the police and escape into the mountains. Read More »
Kurobe no taiyo / The Sands of Kurobe (1968) Kei Kumai, Toshirô Mifune, Yûjirô Ishihara, Osamu Takizawa, Drama
Kitagawa is an engineer charged with construction of a gigantic tunnel through the Japan Alps for the transportation of equipment in the building of the massive Kurobe Dam. Read More »
Nihon no don: kanketsuhen / The Godfather: Resolution (1978) Sadao Nakajima, Toshirô Mifune, Bunta Sugawara, Naoko Ôtani, Crime, Drama
Double crosses and backstabbing while older yakuza bosses fight for the title of “The Godfather of Japan” violent history and a cast full of stars. Read More »
Ichiro Aoye, a young painter, encounters a famous singer, Miyako Saijo, while on holiday in the mountains. Read More »
A priest, a woodcutter and another man are taking refuge from a rainstorm in the shell of a former gatehouse called Rashômon.
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During World War II, a shot-down American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain find themselves stranded on the same small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. Following war logic, each time the crafty Japanese devises something useful, he guards it to deny its use to the Yank, who then steals it, its proceeds or the idea and/or ruins it. Yet each gets his chance to kill and/or capture the other, but neither pushes this to the end. After a while of this pointless pestering, they end up joining forces to build and man a raft…
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Bakurô ichidai / The Life of a Horse Trader (1951) Keigo Kimura, Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Takashi Shimura, Drama
This early gem starring the great Mifune Toshiba tells the tale of Katakana Yonetaro aka “The Shark,” a rough-and-tumble horse trader in Japan’s rugged northernmost territory of Hokkaddo.. always ready to drink, fight, gamble and chase women he falls victim to a crooked game with loaded dice. This little-known film captures the wild ways of early Japan after the fall of the shogunate when men had only their own strengths and skills to rely on. A brilliant yet tragic tale that can now be told.
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Fort Graveyard / Chi to suna (1965) Kihachi Okamoto, Toshirô Mifune, Makoto Satô, Reiko Dan, Drama, War
Charged with insubordination for punching a superior, Sergeant Kosugi is shipped to China in the last desperate days of the Second World War. His commander, Captain Sakuma, is vicious and dictatorial. Sakuma places Kosugi in charge of training for combat what once was the military band. Kosugi must somehow prepare his inept soldiers for the rigors of combat.
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Rick, a down-and-out American boxer, is hired to transport a sword to Japan, unaware that the whole thing is a set up in a bitter blood-feud between two brothers, one who follows the traditional path of the samurai and the other a businessman. At the behest of the businessman, Rick undertakes samurai training from the other brother, but joins his cause. He also becomes romantically involved with the samurai’s daughter.
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