The best movies with Toshirō Mifune

List of the 10 best movies starring Toshirō Mifune, order based on the average from the IMDB, TMDB and Rotten Tomatoes ratings
Red Beard (Akahige)
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Red Beard (Akahige)

Role in movie: Dr. Kyojio Niide ("Red Beard")
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et in feudal times, novice physician, Yuzo Kayama, is sent to a poor infirmary expecting just to visit, but is infuriated to learn he must stay. He tries to provoke his termination, but is foiled by head doctor "Red Beard" (Toshiro Mifune), a man whose methods are as caring as they are unpredictable.

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Samurai Banners (Furin kazan)
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Samurai Banners (Furin kazan)

Role in movie: Kansuke Yamamoto
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eudal Japan, 1543 to 1562. Kansuke Yamamoto is a samurai who dreams of a country united, peaceful from sea to sea. He enters the service of Takeda, the lord of Kai domain. He convinces Takeda to kill the lord of neighboring Suwa and take his wife as a concubine. He then convinces the widow, Princess Yu, to accept this arrangement and to bear Takeda a son. He pledges them his life. He then spends years using treachery, poetic sensibility, military and political strategy to expand Takeda's realm, advance the claim of Yu's son as the heir, and prepare for an ultimate battle with the forces of Echigo. Has Kansuke overreached? Are his dreams, blinded by love, too big? Written by [email protected]

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The Hidden Fortress (Kakushi-toride no san-akunin)
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The Hidden Fortress (Kakushi-toride no san-akunin)

Role in movie: Rokurota Makabe
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ured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general.

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Rashomon
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Rashomon

Role in movie: Tajômaru
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n ancient Japan a crime take place as told from three different travelers who have experienced the crime: a man being killed and his wife being raped. Which if any of the stories is true? A Akira Kurosawa film about morals, truth, and communication.

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Sanjuro
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Sanjuro

Role in movie: Sanjûrô Tsubaki / The ronin
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crafty ronin helps a young man and his fellow samurai save his uncle, their lord chamberlain Mutsuta, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt local superintendent.

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The Life of Oharu (Saikaku ichidai onna)
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The Life of Oharu (Saikaku ichidai onna)

Role in movie: Katsunosuke
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peerless chronicler of the soul who specialized in supremely emotional, visually exquisite films about the circumstances of women in Japanese society, Kenji Mizoguchi had already been directing movies for decades when he made The Life of Oharu in 1952. But this epic portrait of an inexorable fall from grace, starring the astounding Kinuyo Tanaka as an imperial lady-in-waiting who gradually descends to street prostitution, was the movie that gained the director international attention, ushering in a new golden period for him.

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Throne of Blood (Kumonosu-jo)
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Throne of Blood (Kumonosu-jo)

Role in movie: Taketori Washizu
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ikio and Washizu are the commanders of the 1st and 2nd Fortress under a local lord, who reigns in the Spiders' Web Castle. After defeating the lord's enemies in battle, they visit the fortress. Washizu, driven by his wife, conspires and murders the lord, becoming lord of the castle. But his evil deeds come back to haunt him.

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High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku)
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High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku)

Role in movie: Kingo Gondo
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n executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.

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Yojimbo (Yojinbo)
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Yojimbo (Yojinbo)

Role in movie: Sanjuro Kuwabatake / The Samurai
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he incomparable Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa’s visually stunning and darkly comic Yojimbo. To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai Sanjuro turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage. Remade twice, by Sergio Leone and Walter Hill, this exhilarating genre-twister remains one of the most influential and entertaining films of all time.

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Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai)
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Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai)

Role in movie: Kikuchiyo
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veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times, answers a village's request for protection from bandits. He gathers 6 other samurai to help him, and they teach the townspeople how to defend themselves, and they supply the samurai with three small meals a day. The film culminates in a giant battle when 40 bandits attack the village.

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Toshirō Mifune

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Toshirō Mifune ( April 1, 1920 – December 24, 1997) was a Japanese actor who appeared in almost 170 feature films. He is best known for his 16-film collaboration with filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, from 1948 to 1965, in works such as Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood, and Yojimbo. He is also popular for portraying Musashi Miyamoto in Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai Trilogy. Description above from the Wikipedia article Toshirō Mifune, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
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