Mifune, Toshirō 1920-1997
Most widely held works about Toshirō Mifune
Most widely held works by Toshirō Mifune
七人の侍 ( Visual )
15 editions published between 1954 and 2009 in Japanese and English and held by 1,742 libraries worldwide
This epic masterpiece is about a group of 16th century samurai who are hired to defend a small Japanese village that finds itself annually raided by an army of bandits who steal the meager crops harvested by the peasants. Tired of relinquishing their food supply but woefully inept in combat skills, the villagers decide to hire a band of samurai to protect them. In addition to the primary conflict between the villagers and the bandits, much of the tale revolves around young Katsushiro's coming-of-age, both sexually and emotionally. Kikuchiyo's search for acceptance forms the other major storyline. Indeed, everyone in Seven Samurai is searching: for adventure, for experience, for freedom from their oppressors.
羅生門 ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1952 and 2009 in Japanese and English and held by 1,545 libraries worldwide
Set in the Middle Ages, the nature of truth and subjective reality are probed in a series of flashbacks from four viewpoints to present the case history of a man's murder and the rape of his wife by a bandit.
Rashomon ( Visual )
46 editions published between 1950 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,131 libraries worldwide
Four people involved in the murder of a gentleman in feudal Japan and the seduction of his wife report differing views of what actually happened.
蜘蛛巢城 Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1980 and 2003 in Japanese and held by 1,066 libraries worldwide
Adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in feudal Japan. Tells the story of a Samurai lord who kills his master and usurps his power in fulfillment of a witch's prophecy.
七人の侍 Seven samurai ( Visual )
46 editions published between 1954 and 2010 in Japanese and English and held by 895 libraries worldwide
A 16th century Japanese village hires professional warriors to fend off bandits.
椿三十郎 Sanjuro ( Visual )
39 editions published between 1962 and 2010 in Japanese and English and held by 729 libraries worldwide
A skilled but slovenly ronin comes to the aid of a group of naive young warriors fighting their corrupt clan leaders and manages to keep them out of trouble and alive in spite of their high ideals.
Yojimbo The bodyguard ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in Japanese and held by 667 libraries worldwide
In the year 1860, a wandering samurai-for-hire turns the war between two clans fighting for control of a small town to his own advantage. A satire on greed, violence, paranoia and human weakness. Includes theatrical trailer.
James Clavell's shōgun ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1988 and 2004 in English and held by 655 libraries worldwide
John Blackthorne is a ship-wrecked English navigator who becomes both an observer and a participant in historic changes in Japan during the Tokugawa, or, Edo period. Toranaga is a feuding warlord vying to become the supreme military dictator, or shōgun. Blackthorne is drawn into the turmoil and becomes determined to be the first foreigner to become a samurai warrior.
隠し砦の三悪人 ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2001 in Japanese and held by 636 libraries worldwide
A princess must escape across enemy lines with the royal treasure, guarded only by a loyal general and two greedy peasants.
Yojimbo ( Visual )
38 editions published between 1961 and 2010 in Japanese and English and held by 628 libraries worldwide
A wandering Samurai-for-hire eventually finds a dramatic solution to the problems of a town with two warring clans.
天国と地獄 ( Visual )
17 editions published between 1963 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 586 libraries worldwide
A complex crime thriller in which a wealthy Japanese shoe manufacturer's chauffeur's son is kidnapped in mistake for his own, and he faces a moral dilemma.
赤ひげ Red Beard ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1965 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 566 libraries worldwide
A vain young doctor learns a valuable lesson from the dedicated director of a clinic for destitute patients.
悪い奴ほどよく眠る ( Visual )
15 editions published between 1960 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 555 libraries worldwide
A young executive hunts down his father's killer. A tale about corruption in the boardrooms of postwar corporate Japan as seen through the rising executive eyes.
Midway ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1976 and 2001 in English and held by 540 libraries worldwide
Portrays the Battle of Midway, including the events that led to this tide-turning battle, from American and Japanese points of view.
野良犬 ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1949 and 2004 in Japanese and held by 537 libraries worldwide
A bad day gets worse for rookie detective Murakami when a pickpocket steals his gun on a hot, crowded bus. Desperate to right the wrong, he goes undercover, scavenging Tokyo's sweltering streets for the thief, whose desperation has led him to a life of crime. With each step, the cop and the criminal's lives become more intertwined and the investigation becomes an examination of Murakami's own dark side.
醉いどれ天使 Drunken angel ( Visual )
15 editions published between 1948 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 495 libraries worldwide
Dr. Sanada is an alcoholic, in part due to the despair that constantly assails him as he tries to keep the inhabitants of a post-World War II Tokyo slum as healthy as possible. Food and medical supplies are scarce, the neighborhood is around an open sewer, and the only place to buy medicines is the black market-- controlled by the Yakuza. Matsunaga, a young yakuza with a violent temper, seeks Sanada's help to remove a bullet from his hand, but Matsunaga's cough catches the doctor's attention. What follows is a wrestling match for Matsunaga's life. Will he follow Sanada's instructions and make the smart, healthy decision, or will he let the fabled yakuza code of honor destroy him?
Les bas-fonds The lower depths ( Visual )
17 editions published between 1957 and 2009 in Japanese and French and held by 462 libraries worldwide
Les bas-fonds (93 min.): A Baron, forced by circumstances, gives up his life of luxury and to takes up residence in the slums of Paris. The Baron observes the frustrated romance between Wasska Pepel and Natacha, the thwarted dreams of an actor, and the oppressive cruelties of landlord Kostileff.
大菩薩峠 ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2005 in Japanese and held by 372 libraries worldwide
Ryunosuke is a sociopathic samurai. When he is scheduled for an exhibition match at his fencing school, the wife of his opponent begs Ryunosuke to throw the match, offering her own virtue in trade.
1941 ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in English and held by 370 libraries worldwide
This zany comedy spectacular from Steven Spielberg is set in Los Angeles just days after the attack on Pearl Harbor when the fear of a Japanese invasion threw the city into a state of pandemonium.
Hell in the Pacific ( Visual )
16 editions published between 1968 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 369 libraries worldwide
During WWII two pilots, one American and one Japanese, crash on a small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. There, they must let go of their hostility and cooperate in order to survive, but will they?
Action and adventure films Adams, William,--1564-1620 Biography Drama Epic films Escapes Feature films Feature films Feudalism Fiction films Film adaptations Film and video adaptations Films--for English speakers Films for the hearing impaired Films--for the hearing impaired Foreign films Gold Historical films History Japan Japanese language Kidnapping Kurosawa, Akira,--1910-1998 Manners and customs Man-woman relationships Memory Merchant mariners Mifune, Toshirō,--1920-1997 Miyamoto, Musashi,--1584-1645 Motion picture actors and actresses Motion picture producers and directors Motion pictures, Japanese Murder Political corruption Princesses Rape Rogues and vagabonds Rōnin Samurai Samurai films Samurai films Shoguns Social history Subjectivity Swordsmen Television mini-series Tokugawa, Ieyasu,--1543-1616 Video recordings--for the hearing impaired War films World War (1939-1945)
Mifune, Toshirô 1920-1997
Mifune, Tosiro, 1920-1997.
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