In , one of Mifune's friends who worked for the Photography Department of Toho Productions suggested Mifune try out for the Photography Department. He was accepted for a position as an assistant cameraman. At this time, a large number of Toho actors, after a prolonged strike, had left to form their own company, Shin Toho. Toho then organized a "new faces" contest to find new talent.
Mifune's friends submitted an application and photo, without his knowledge.
Instructed to mime anger, he drew from his wartime experiences. Yamamoto took a liking to Mifune, recommending him to director Senkichi Taniguchi. This led to Mifune's first feature role, in Shin Baka Jidai. Mifune first encountered director Akira Kurosawa when Toho Studios , the largest film production company in Japan, was conducting a massive talent search, during which hundreds of aspiring actors auditioned before a team of judges.
Kurosawa was originally going to skip the event, but showed up when Hideko Takamine told him of one actor who seemed especially promising. Kurosawa later wrote that he entered the audition to see "a young man reeling around the room in a violent frenzy He promptly lost the competition. Kurosawa, however, had found his muse.
Among Mifune's fellow performers, one of the 32 women chosen during the new faces contest was Sachiko Yoshimine. Eight years Mifune's junior, she came from a respected Tokyo family.
They fell in love and Mifune soon proposed marriage. Director Senkichi Taniguchi, with the help of Akira Kurosawa, convinced the Yoshimine family to allow the marriage. Yoshimine was a Buddhist but since Mifune was a Christian, they were married in church as per Christian tradition. In , they had a second son, Takeshi.
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Mifune's daughter Mika was born to his mistress, actress Mika Kitagawa, in His imposing bearing, acting range, facility with foreign languages and lengthy partnership with acclaimed director Akira Kurosawa made him the most famous Japanese actor of his time, and easily the best known to Western audiences. In such films as Seven Samurai and Yojimbo , he played characters who were often comically lacking in manners, but replete with practical wisdom and experience, understated nobility, and, in the case of Yojimbo , unmatched fighting prowess.
Sanjuro in particular contrasts this earthy warrior spirit with the useless, sheltered propriety of the court samurai. Kurosawa highly valued Mifune for his effortless portrayal of unvarnished emotion, once commenting that he could convey in only three feet of film an emotion for which the average Japanese actor would require ten feet.
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He was also known for the effort he put into his performances. Mifune has been credited as originating the "roving warrior" archetype, which he perfected during his collaboration with Kurosawa. Sugino created the fight choreography for films such as Seven Samurai and Yojimbo , and Kurosawa instructed his actors to emulate his movements and bearing. Clint Eastwood was among the first of many actors to adopt this wandering ronin with no name persona for foreign films, which he used to great effect in his Western roles, especially in Spaghetti Westerns directed by Sergio Leone where he played the Man with No Name , a character similar to Mifune's seemingly-nameless ronin in Yojimbo.
Mifune may also be credited with originating the Yakuza archetype, with his performance as a mobster in Kurosawa's Drunken Angel , the first Yakuza film. Most of the sixteen Kurosawa—Mifune films are considered cinema classics. Mifune and Kurosawa finally parted ways after Red Beard. Several factors contributed to the rift that ended this career-spanning collaboration. Most of Mifune's contemporaries acted in several different movies throughout the year.
Since Red Beard required Mifune to grow a natural beard — one he had to keep for the entirety of the film's two years of shooting — he was unable to act in any other films during the production. This put Mifune and his financially strapped production company deeply into debt, creating friction between him and Kurosawa. Although Red Beard played to packed houses in Japan and Europe, which helped Mifune recoup some of his losses, the ensuing years held varying outcomes for both Mifune and Kurosawa.
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After the film's release, the careers of each man took different arcs: Mifune continued to enjoy success with a range of samurai and war-themed films Rebellion , Samurai Assassin , The Emperor and a General , among others. In contrast, Kurosawa's output of films dwindled and drew mixed responses. During this time, Kurosawa attempted suicide. In , Mifune experienced popularity with mainstream American audiences through his role as Lord Toranaga in the television miniseries Shogun.
Yet Kurosawa did not rejoice in his estranged friend's success, and publicly made derisive remarks about Shogun. The school failed after only three years, due to mismanaged finances. However, the series' blunt portrayal of the Japanese shogunate and the greatly abridged version shown in Japan meant that it was not as well received in his homeland. The relationship between Kurosawa and Mifune remained ambivalent.
While Kurosawa made some very uncharitable comments about Mifune's acting, he also admitted in Interview magazine that "All the films that I made with Mifune, without him, they would not exist". He also presented Mifune with the Kawashita award which he himself had won two years prior.
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After making tenuous eye contact, they tearfully embraced one another, ending nearly three decades of mutual avoidance. Both died within a year of each other. In , Mifune began suffering from a serious unknown health problem. It has been variously suggested that he destroyed his health with overwork, suffered a heart attack , or experienced a stroke.
For whatever reason, he abruptly retreated from public life and remained largely confined to his home, cared for by his estranged wife Sachiko. This is the first that worked! Recent Activity Loading activity Korryn McMinn Finally I can download and read this ebook. Tara Leigh I was worry at first time when I got redirected to the membership site. Kate Desjardins I don't think it will worked, but my best friend showed me this site and it does!
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