Friends and Fans (From Elena in Russia)
Fujiwara Fan Page includes a boxing match with Robert
Toshiro Mifune's acting school
Shiro Mifune / Mifune Productions
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free plays, list of award winning videos, etc.
WORLD OF WRITTEN WORDS-- Robert's publications, the secrets of vending hot-dogs and getting rid of flies, etc.
WORLD OF CAMPUS-- Robert and his students at Edogawa Women's Junior college in Japan.
from Mifune to Kurosawa to Japan
from eye color to recent play productions
to Toshiro Mifune
More than a great actor, a great man!
Go to Mifune's acting school,
"Mifune Geijutsu Gakuin"
|Red-Baer and Toshiro Mifune on the same occasion as the top picture||Shooting on Mifune Productions' open set. Acting students got to be extras in "Samurai" movies.|
|Dance class at Mifune Geijutsu Gakuin (Acting school). Komatsu Sensei is instructing.||Red-Baer and Toshiro Mifune talking at a New Year's party.|
|Red-Baer during lesson at "Mifune Geijutsu Gakuin." Click here to go to the acting school.||Shiro MIfune in Kurosawa's 31st film. Click here for the story of meeting him.|
PERSONAL BIOGRAPHY OF TOSHIRO MIFUNE
Contributed by Georgie-San
Tokuzo was raised in northern Japan. Following
family tradition, he was a physician schooled in Natural
His Father sent him to Tokyo to study medicine. He never
medical school. Instead he & his wife Sen immigrated
Tao, now Qingdao in the Shandong providence of China, where he opened a
On Thursday, 1 April, 1920, their first child, Toshiro was born. When he was 4 years old, the family moved to Manchuria. They were Christians of the Methodist sect. It has been reported that they were missionaries also, who ministered to the Japanese Christian population when they took up residence in Manchuria.
There Toshiro grew up in a foreign enclave with virtually no contact with the Chinese population, reared in traditional Japanese ways. It is believed he possibly had 2 siblings. (Since we who have THE LAST SAMURAI haven't had it translated yet, this about the siblings is a supposition from the photos seen in that book.)
Mifune, Toshiro was conscripted into military service in 1939. He repatriated to Japan in 1946.
Mifune applied to & was accepted by TOHO Studios as an assistant cameraman. The union was controlled by a Communist faction. Being uncomfortable with this, Mifune resigned & put in an application for the "New Faces" contest. This contest was generated because a large contingency of the leading actors & actresses had gone on strike & left to form their own company. The contest was the impetus to replace them.
There were 4000 applicants. 16 men & 32 women were chosen. Mifune was among the men, chosen as an alternate. After 3 months of acting lessons with the director Tanaka, Eizo, these 48 were put in front of the cameras.
Yoshimine, Sachiko , her actual name,was one of the 32 women. She was a member of the first class of new actors & made her acting debut in 1946 at the age of 18. She was 8 years younger than Mifune & was from a well established Tokyo family.
When Mifune asked for her hand, her family had strong objections. These could have been because being of a religion other than Buddhistputs one in an outsiders place in Japanese Society. Japanese from Manchuria were regarded as being sort of misfits of Japan. Lastly, acting was a lowly & notoriously "iffy" profession.
Director Taniguchi, Senkichi, who loved Mifune, with Kurosawa, Akira persuaded the Yoshimines to give their blessings. In February, 1950 they were married.
The first apartment the newlywed Mifunes had was so small, they would go to the home of the Shimura, Takashi's to bathe.
25 November, 1950, Mifune, Shiro was born.
Actors in the early years of the Japanese Golden Era of Movies had to provide their own wardrobe for modern day films, so the clothing Mifune wears is his own.
In 1951 RASHOMON won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
In 1955 SAMURAI I - THE LEGEND OF MIYAMOTO, MUSHASHI won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
In 1955, Mifune, Takeshi was born.
In 1961 for YOJIMBO, Mifune won as Best Actor in the Venice Film Festival
In 1965 for AKAHIGE - RED BEARD, Mifune won as Best Actor in the Venice Film Festival He blew them away because he wore a black silk Kimono to the awards.
He is the only actor to have received this award twice.
In 1970, Mifune met Kitagawa (stage name), Mika during the filming of MACHIBUSE - AMBUSH: INCIDENT AT BLOOD PASS. She is 29 years younger than him.
In 1981, Mifune & Richard Chamberlain each won an Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series.
September, 1982, Mifune's daughter, Mika was born.
In a 1984 magazine survey, Mifune was chosen : "The most Japanese Man among men. The One whose face expressed the Best of Japanese Pride, Power & Virility."
As to what
caused his final, extended illness, here are 3
with a different cause.
Sachiko returned & cared for Mifune after his illness began.
Mifune & Kurosawa did get together
several times after the
but their relationship never reconciled to the point where they were
1993 they shyly made eye contact & hugged in tears at
for their mutual friend, Hondo, Ishiro, mending a 28-year rift."
Sachiko contracted Pancreatic Cancer
which took her life
September, 1995. She was 67. After her death,
In 1995, in PICTURE BRIDE, Mifune's character corrects the sword grip & technique of 2 young boys named Toshiro & Akira.
Mifune died on Wednesday, 24 December, 1997.
to Current Biography Yearbook, 1981:
Mifune accrued 60 individual acting awards.
70 of Mifune's 134 films were honoured with Japanese &/or International awards.
Mifune was called "World-wide Mifune"
A nickname for Mifune was "Rick Rashid" which denotes a
of actor with bravado, swagger & a bit of "taint"
LINKS TO TOSHIRO MIFUNE
(I borrowed many of these links and comments from the Sprout site. I hope they don't mind and I would like to thank them)
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