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Actor + Director | 40 Great Collaborations In Movies
2. Toshiro Mifune & Akira Kurosawa   View Complete List Back Page 2/40 Next

Akira Kurosawa
Toshiro Mifune

Best Film
Tough choice, but let's go with Seven Samurai, which offered Mifune the chance to showcase his comedy side, and Kurosawa perhaps his most influential film.
Notable Pairings
Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood, Yojimbo, Sanjuro

What's The Secret Of Their Success?
Mifune's quickness of spirit and of action contrasted brilliantly with Kurosawa's meticulous approach to filmmaking, making them a team to be reckoned with. Kurosawa's series of films with Mifune marked the high point in both careers, with most of the incredible 16 films they made together regarded as cinema classics. The pair more-or-less created the wandering warrior archetype in Japanese (and world) cinema, and influenced actors and directors from Clint Eastwood to George Lucas.

Were They As Good With Anyone Else?
Both had stellar careers both inside and outside Japan, but it's probably fair to say that both did their very best work together. Mifune said that he was only proud of the films he did with Kurosawa, while the latter described Mifune as "a kind of talent I had never encountered before in the Japanese film world."

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