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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Reader Feedback - 11 Comments


Much respect. This will be one to watch for any one who loves classic cinema.

DAVIDPD on Sep 21, 2016


Narrated by Keanu?

Dan Hibiki on Sep 22, 2016


Makes me wonder too ...

shiboleth on Sep 22, 2016


Very interesting.

tarek on Sep 22, 2016


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 ...

shiboleth on Sep 22, 2016


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.

Dawn Matsumoto on Sep 23, 2016


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.

Lyle Swann on Sep 29, 2016

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