- Actors: Keanu Reeves, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Takeshi Kato, Wataru Akashi
- Directors: Steven Okazaki
- Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
- Language: Japanese
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Studio: Strand Releasing
- DVD Release Date: April 25, 2017
- Run Time: 80 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B01MYZHT0P
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,353 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Mifune: The Last Samurai, a new film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, explores the accidental movie career of Toshiro Mifune, one of the true giants of world cinema. Mifune made 16 remarkable films with director Akira Kurosawa during the Golden Age of Japanese Cinema, including Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Yojimbo. Together they thrilled audiences and influenced filmmaking around the world, providing direct inspiration for not only The Magnificent Seven and Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood's breakthrough, A Fistful of Dollars, but also George Lucas' Star Wars.
Narrated by Keanu Reeves
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It seems most scenes were chosen to show Mifune in the midst of battle. Little dialogue. And no clips from Hidden Fortress -- just a reference to it as the inspiration for Star Wars? It seems a throwaway mention. Most of the documentary is flash over substance.
For a documentary that is less that two hours long and supposed to be about Mifune -- too much time is spent on the *history* of samurai films. That stuff is indeed interesting, and would have made its *own* good documentary, but choosing to focus on the samurai aspect does not do Mifune justice. It was only one side of him. Mifune made more than 40 films and this documentary focuses (in a very superficial way) on a handful of well-known samurai films. The documentary makes it seem as though Mifune's career was over when he could no longer be an action hero. Again, it ignores some great dramatic performances later in his career, like Japan's Longest Day. I can give this a few stars if it makes people more aware of Mifune and prompts them to check out *all* his films (I urge you to do so), and not just the samurai films. I can give it a star for including some nice candid photos I hadn't seen before, and a star for including some nice interviews with people who worked with Mifune. But are there *no* archival interviews with Mifune? Fans of Kurosawa and Mifune will enjoy the still photos, but be disappointed with the lack of depth. Hopefully, there will be a more thoughtful documentary that will illustrate that Mifune was *much* more than a samurai actor. A good documentary could have been made focusing on the Mifune/Kurosawa collaboration. Or a more extensive documentary about Mifune entire career. This one is neither.
The characters played by Mifune may be larger than life, but they are only a reflection of the man himself. From his childhood, to his service in the Japanese military during WW2 (where he was often as rebellious as his characters), through his many films and TV shows over his decades-long acting & producing career, his life is more interesting than I ever knew.
Keanu Reeves as narrator was a surprisingly great choice. I could identify him as the speaker, but his voice was not a distraction in the least.
Overall, this is one of my favorite documentaries. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
While this documentary covers Mifune’s entire career, it emphasizes his association with the great director Akira Kurosawa. This was a wise production choice. For all of his movie roles, for all the great directors he worked with, Mifune felt only his work with Kurosawa really mattered. Each was ideally suited for each other and one complimented the best work from the other.
For those who want to understand more about that work, commentaries from Seven Spielberg and Martin Scorcese, both huge admirers of Mifune’s work, provide the necessary background of what allowed that working relationship to create movie magic. For those who want to know about Mifune the man, his children provide extensive interviews. Artists are a product of great personal tragedy, and Mifune was no exception. And, as always, greatness had a great personal cost to his life.
You don’t have to be a Mifune fan to like this movie. After you watch the movie, however, you will become one!
The moments these people reveal truly are hard to come by, and I think for this reason this film stands above the several Kurosawa documentaries that have been released over the past 20 years.