Toshiro Mifune

Toshiro Mifune

[mi-foo-nee; Japn. mee-foo-ne]
Mifune, Toshiro, 1920-97, Japanese actor, b. Qingdao, China. Mifune was a versatile actor, noted for a wide range of roles in more than 120 films. He appeared in more than a dozen films for director Akira Kurosawa, including Stray Dog (1949), Rashomon (1950), and Throne of Blood (1957). After he broke with Kurosawa in 1965, he appeared occasionally in American films, most notably the television miniseries Shogun (1980), and continued to appear in Japanese films, most successfully as the wandering samurai Yojimbo, first introduced in the 1960 Kurosawa film of that name.

See S. Galbraith 4th, The Emperor and the Wolf: The Lives and Films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune (2002).

Mifune ( characters for "three" and "ship") is a Japanese surname.

People with the name include:

Fictional characters:

  • Go Mifune, main character in the anime series Speed Racer
  • Captain Mifune, a character from The Matrix Revolutions. He is commander of the APUs (Armored Personnel Units) who leads the ground defenses against the sentinels when they break through the dock walls.
  • Admiral Mifune, a character from the anime The Irresponsible Captain Tylor. An admiral from the United Planets Space Force who acts as one of the show's few antagonists. He seeks to bring down the main character, Captain Tylor, despite being on the same side of the war in which the anime takes place.

Films with the name:

Places with the name:

  • Mifune, Kumamoto (御船町; -machi), located in Kamimashiki District, Kumamoto, Japan

Name of a Musical Group:

  • Mifuné more info, Name of American Musical Ensemble, a group from Cleveland Ohio that plays afro-electronique music.

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