Trailer for Steven Okazaki's Documentary 'Mifune: The Last Samurai'

September 21, 2016
Source: YouTube

Mifune: The Last Samurai Trailer

"A lot of people try to imitate Mifune, but nobody can." Stop and watch this now! The first official trailer has debuted online for a fantastic documentary called Mifune: The Last Samurai, profiling the life and work of Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune. If you're a cinephile you're already very familiar with Mifune - he starred in numerous Akira Kurosawa films including The Seven Samurai, Yojimbo and Rashomon, as well as tons of other classic Japanese films. This doc examines his life work with old footage and photographs and tells his story from the early beginnings of his career, to his falling out with Kurosawa and final roles. Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg are two of the filmmakers who talk about how incredible Mifune was, with more special guests. I caught this film at the Telluride Film Festival and loved it - highly recommended.

Here's the first trailer for Steven Okazaki's documentary Mifune: The Last Samurai, found on YouTube:

Mifune: The Last Samurai Doc

Nearly 20 years after his death and in the final run-up to his centenary, 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, starting with his childhood and military service, through to his early years in the popular 'chanbara' action movies that he would later draw on for a string of masterpieces made with legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. Mifune: The Last Samurai reveals him as a formidable and mercurial talent, both onscreen and off, and offers rare insights into his background that draw intriguing parallels with Lee Marvin, Robert Mitchum and the Hollywood hard men of his generation. Mifune: The Last Samurai is directed by Steven Okazaki, of The Mushroom Club previously. The film premiered at the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals, and also played in London. Opens limited in the US starting November 25th, Thanksgiving week. Excited for this?

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    Much respect. This will be one to watch for any one who loves classic cinema.
  • Dan Hibiki
    Narrated by Keanu?
    • shiboleth
      Makes me wonder too ...
      • Bo
        Why? I don't get it...this dislike of Keanu Reeves. I'm a hard man to please, but I've always liked Reeves. He's an interesting actor and a very intelligent man from what I know about him and seen in he flies way below the nonsensical, tabloid, red carpet Hollywood BS. What's the problem, shiboleth?
        • shiboleth
          No Bo, it's not the dislike it just somehow looks inappropriate. Not in a bad way. As a matter of fact, I also like K. Reeves, but he somehow does not fit in this. It's like he's coming from different time and different context and different universe. I don't know. But then again, you made me think, Bo, you made me think ...
          • Bo
  , it's good to make one think...and even better when one admits to've always liked Reeves and have often wondered why he was disliked or dismissed by so many...or some...or whatever....he's worked and sustained, to me, an interesting career over a long period of time. Not an easy thing to do. I do know people who know him and they say he's a very laid back, easy going, nice man. I met him once and that was also my impression. I was particularly impressed with his producing the excellent documentary film, Side By Side, about digital vs. film where he also interviewed different filmmakers, etc. Very intelligent and very well done film. I like the guy and think his voice and intelligence will come through in his narration of this film about Mifune. Thanks for replying to my wonderment regarding Reeves and his being dismissed out of hand for his involvement in this film. I appreciate it and your open mind...Cheers!
          • shiboleth
            As always, Bo, it is not hard to admit that someone's thoughts have some substance. As yours do so many times. I am also quite fond of mr. Reeves work and I also think he's doing fine in many of his projects. Yes, sometimes I think he could choose better ones, but, at least, he's honest at trying. And, from knowing what I know about him, he's a decent person. And intelligent one. I saw parts of that documentary you mentioned, Side by Side, and it was quite good which gives more arguments in mr. Reeves favor. So, ok, let's see how good is he going to be here, in this one. Hoping for the best, right? It's true, when I think of it, who would be the alternative... As for open mind, we both like it, right? And you noticed that nuance regarding mr. Reeves I wasn't sure about. Glad to be at anyone's disposal with that when it comes to conversation. Cheers!
          • Bo
            Well, actors and their careers and choices I try to not find too much fault with as my favorite, Brando, made some pretty awful films too. Not to compare Reeves to Brando in acting talent, but they both were actors who had very long careers, which is not easy to do. A little tid-bit, human interest thing if you will...I researched out of curiosity Keanu Reeves worth and he's worth something like 350 million dollars. Not that I value the accumulation of wealth, but it does seem to indicate that he's a successful actor, producer and business person so his choices seem to be paying off in that respect. He's up there with the likes of Nicholson and Cruise and a few others which is an interesting bit of I don't know I think he did fine narrating the Mifune doc, if not they would have shit-canned his narration and did it over with someone else.
          • shiboleth
            Well, he's obviously doing fine. Nothing else to add. Except, I see no harm in questioning someone's work. Even if I like that person or his previous work. Regardless the producers who might think the opposite. Or anyone else for that matter. No harm in that, right? Cheers ...
          • Bo
            I guess not, but then again, who the hell are we to question anything they, or anyone else, does with regards to movie choices. There's always that. I find that I either like someone or not; or their work, or not. They either appeal to me or not and many, many do
          • shiboleth
            We are who we are and that's enough for a start. I might not change a lot when I say something, but if I express something about anything I, at least, change myself. Might not look too much for anyone else, but it is enough for me. Same goes for films. Many people talking about them and people attitudes change and influence film industry. Not always for good or in favor in ordinary educated spectator, but that industry is following people's desire. But you are right, those film desires are not mostly yours or mine ...
          • Bo
            Cheers then!
  • Very interesting.
  • shiboleth
    I never watched enough films with Mifune and Kurosawa ... Things I try to make up all the time. And now, there's more. I have to put more effort to it ...
  • Dawn Matsumoto
    Yes, yes and YES--there was no actor more physical, visceral, volcanic--smoldering than Mifune. His performances were always mesmerizing. I am VERY MUCH looking forward to this documentary.
  • Lyle Swann
    Mifune was the MAN! No denying. Even his supporting role in Okamoto's Sword of Doom, he totally steals the show. High And Low is one of the finest works of cinema I've ever seen. So glad this was made, can't wait to see it.




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