Best Toshirō Mifune movies

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Best Toshirō Mifune movies
We present our ranking of the best Toshirō Mifune movies. Do you love cinema? Or are you looking for a movie of your favorite actor to watch tonight? Surely you have some to see or that you did not know yet about Toshirō Mifune.

TOP 25:
Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo
Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo
Original Title: 座頭市と用心棒
Toshirō Mifune as: Yojimbo/Sasa
Genre: Adventure, Action, Drama
Release: 1970
With a price on his head, Ichi seeks tranquillity in a favorite village. Since his last visit, it has fallen prey to Boss Masagoro, the son of a merchant rumored to have stolen gold from the shogunate. The boss has hired Yojimbo as his hard-drinking enforcer, but Yojimbo is both a spy for the shogunate, trying to find the gold, and in love with the merchant's unwilling mistress, Umeno. Ichi hires on as the merchant's masseur and buys Umeno's freedom with his employer's own money. This embarrasses Yojimbo who withdraws from a pact with Ichi to stir up trouble between father and son and their gangs. As the two sides fight, Ichi finds the gold and sets up a final set of confrontations.

TOP 24:
Hell in the Pacific
Hell in the Pacific
Toshirō Mifune as: Captain Tsuruhiko Kuroda
Genre: Drama, War
Release: 1968
During World War II, a shot-down American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain find themselves stranded on the same small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. Following war logic, each time the crafty Japanese devises something useful, he guards it to deny its use to the Yank, who then steals it, its proceeds or the idea and/or ruins it. Yet each gets his chance to kill and/or capture the other, but neither pushes this to the end. After a while of this pointless pestering, they end up joining forces to build and man a raft...


TOP 23:
The Lower Depths
The Lower Depths
Original Title: どん底
Toshirō Mifune as: Sutekichi the Thief
Genre: Drama
Release: 1957
Residents of a rundown boardinghouse in 19th-century Japan, including a mysterious old man and an aging actor, get drawn into a love triangle that turns violent. When amoral thief Sutekichi breaks off his affair with landlady Osugi to romance her younger sister, Okayo, Osugi extracts her revenge by revealing her infidelity to her jealous husband.

TOP 22:
Grand Prix
Grand Prix
Toshirō Mifune as: Izo Yamura
Genre: Action, Drama
Release: 1966
The story tells about the confrontation of four first-class racers of Formula 1. Each of the competitors had their own additional motivation to become a champion. Their world is a risk and extreme, fast driving on the highway. The taste of adrenaline is what race lovers live. Outside of competition, they all experience personal dramas and upheavals, and the more important the desired title becomes for them.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best James Garner movies?

TOP 21:
47 Ronin
47 Ronin
Original Title: 忠臣蔵 花の巻・雪の巻
Toshirō Mifune as: Genba Tawaraboshi
Genre: History, Drama, Action
Release: 1962
The story tells of a group of samurai who were left leaderless (becoming ronin) after their daimyo (feudal lord) was forced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) for assaulting a court official named Kira Yoshinaka, whose title was Kōzuke no suke. The ronin avenged their master's honor after patiently waiting and planning for over a year to kill Kira. In turn, the ronin were themselves forced to commit seppuku for committing the crime of murder.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Mie Hama movies?


TOP 20:
The Idiot
The Idiot
Original Title: 白痴
Toshirō Mifune as: Denkichi Akama
Genre: Drama, Romance
Release: 1951
Kameda, who has been in an asylum on Okinawa, travels to Hokkaido. There he becomes involved with two women, Taeko and Ayako. Taeko comes to love Kameda, but is loved in turn by Akama. When Akama realizes that he will never have Taeko, his thoughts turn to murder, and great tragedy ensues.

TOP 19:
Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island
Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island
Original Title: 宮本武蔵完結編 決闘巌流島
Toshirō Mifune as: Musashi Miyamoto
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, History
Release: 1956
A humble and simple Takezo abandons his life as a knight errant. He's sought as a teacher and vassal by Shogun, Japan's most powerful clan leader. He's also challenged to fight by the supremely confident and skillful Sasaki Kojiro. Takezo agrees to fight Kojiro in a year's time but rejects Shogun's patronage, choosing instead to live on the edge of a village, raising vegetables. He's followed there by Otsu and later by Akemi, both in love with him. The year ends as Takezo assists the villagers against a band of brigands. He seeks Otsu's forgiveness and accepts her love, then sets off across the water to Ganryu Island for his final contest.

TOP 18:
Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple
Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple
Original Title: 続宮本武蔵 一乗寺の決闘
Toshirō Mifune as: Musashi Miyamoto
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Release: 1955
After years on the road establishing his reputation as Japan's greatest fencer, Takezo returns to Kyoto. Otsu waits for him, yet he has come not for her but to challenge the leader of the region's finest school of fencing. To prove his valor and skill, he walks deliberately into ambushes set up by the school's followers. While Otsu waits, Akemi also seeks him, expressing her desires directly. Meanwhile, Takezo is observed by Sasaki Kojiro, a brilliant young fighter, confident he can dethrone Takezo. After leaving Kyoto in triumph, Takezo declares his love for Otsu, but in a way that dishonors her and shames him. Once again, he leaves alone.


TOP 17:
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
Original Title: 宮本武蔵
Toshirō Mifune as: Musashi Miyamoto
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Release: 1954
Struggling to elevate himself from his low caste in 17th century Japan, Miyamoto trains to become a mighty samurai warrior.

TOP 16:
I Live in Fear
I Live in Fear
Original Title: 生きものの記録
Toshirō Mifune as: Kiichi Nakajima
Genre: Drama
Release: 1955
Kiichi Nakajima, an elderly foundry owner convinced that Japan will be affected by an imminent nuclear war, resolves to move his family to safety in Brazil. His family decides to have him ruled incompetent and Dr. Harada, a Domestic Court counselor, attempts to arbitrate.

TOP 15:

The Quiet Duel

The Quiet Duel
Original Title: 静かなる決闘
Toshirō Mifune as: Dr. Kyoji Fujisaki
Genre: Drama
Release: 1949
Toshirō Mifune plays a young idealistic doctor who works at his father's (Takashi Shimura) clinic in a small and seedy district. During the war, he contracts syphilis from the blood of a patient when he cuts himself during an operation. Treating himself in secret and tormented by his conscience, he rejects his heartbroken fiancée without explanation.


TOP 14:

Stray Dog

Stray Dog
Original Title: 野良犬
Toshirō Mifune as: Det. Murakami
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Release: 1949
A bad day gets worse for young 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 stray dog whose desperation has led him to a life of crime. With each step, cop and criminal’s lives become more intertwined and the investigation becomes an examination of Murakami’s own dark side.

TOP 13:

The Sword of Doom

The Sword of Doom
Original Title: 大菩薩峠
Toshirō Mifune as: Toranosuke Shimada
Genre: Action, Drama
Release: 1966
Ryunosuke, a gifted swordsman plying his trade during the turbulent final days of Shogunate rule, has no moral code and kills without remorse. It’s a way of life that leads to madness.

TOP 12:

Drunken Angel

Drunken Angel
Original Title: 酔いどれ天使
Toshirō Mifune as: Matsunaga
Genre: Drama
Release: 1948
The chaotic worlds of the Yakuza and an alcoholic doctor collide in this film noir classic from Akira Kurosawa. Gangster Toshiro Mifune visits doctor Takashi Shimura, after an unfortunate incident with a bullet. The doctor, who despises the Yakuza, discovers the young man is suffering from tuberculosis, a disease symbolic of what is happening to the doctor and the community he serves. Facing his own anger and fear, the doctor aligns himself with the gangster's world.

TOP 11:

The Bad Sleep Well

The Bad Sleep Well
Original Title: 悪い奴ほどよく眠る
Toshirō Mifune as: Kôichi Nishi
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Release: 1960
In this loose adaptation of "Hamlet," illegitimate son Kôichi Nishi climbs to a high position within a Japanese corporation and marries the crippled daughter of company vice president Iwabuchi. At the reception, the wedding cake is a replica of their corporate headquarters, but an aspect of the design reminds the party of the hushed-up death of Nishi's father. It is then that Nishi unleashes his plan to avenge his father's death.


TOP 10:

Throne of Blood

Throne of Blood
Original Title: 蜘蛛巣城
Toshirō Mifune as: Taketori Washizu
Genre: Drama, History
Release: 1957
Returning to their lord's castle, samurai warriors Washizu and Miki are waylaid by a spirit who predicts their futures. When the first part of the spirit's prophecy comes true, Washizu's scheming wife, Asaji, presses him to speed up the rest of the spirit's prophecy by murdering his lord and usurping his place. Director Akira Kurosawa's resetting of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in feudal Japan is one of his most acclaimed films.

TOP 9:

Sanjuro

Sanjuro
Original Title: 椿三十郎
Toshirō Mifune as: Sanjûrô Tsubaki / The ronin
Genre: Drama, Action, Comedy
Release: 1962
Toshiro Mifune swaggers and snarls to brilliant comic effect in Kurosawa's tightly paced, beautifully composed "Sanjuro." In this companion piece and sequel to "Yojimbo," jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic group of young warriors weed out their clan's evil influences, and in the process turns their image of a proper samurai on its ear.

TOP 8:

The Hidden Fortress

The Hidden Fortress
Original Title: 隠し砦の三悪人
Toshirō Mifune as: Rokurota Makabe
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Action, Comedy
Release: 1958
Japanese peasants Matashichi and Tahei try and fail to make a profit from a tribal war. They find a man and woman whom they believe are simple tribe members hiding in a fortress. Although the peasants don't know that Rokurota is a general and Yuki is a princess, the peasants agree to accompany the pair to safety in return for gold. Along the way, the general must prove his expertise in battle while also hiding his identity.

TOP 7:

The Life of Oharu

The Life of Oharu
Original Title: 西鶴一代女
Toshirō Mifune as: Katsunosuke
Genre: Drama
Release: 1952
Follows a woman's fight and survival amid the vicissitudes of life and the cruelty of the society.

TOP 6:

Rashomon

Rashomon
Original Title: 羅生門
Toshirō Mifune as: Tajômaru
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Release: 1950
Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, "Rashomon" is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice. Through an ingenious use of camera and flashbacks, Kurosawa reveals the complexities of human nature as four people recount different versions of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife.


TOP 5:

Yojimbo

Yojimbo
Original Title: 用心棒
Toshirō Mifune as: Sanjuro Kuwabatake / The Samurai
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Release: 1961
A nameless ronin, or samurai with no master, enters a small village in feudal Japan where two rival businessmen are struggling for control of the local gambling trade. Taking the name Sanjuro Kuwabatake, the ronin convinces both silk merchant Tazaemon and sake merchant Tokuemon to hire him as a personal bodyguard, then artfully sets in motion a full-scale gang war between the two ambitious and unscrupulous men.

TOP 4:

Samurai Rebellion

Samurai Rebellion
Original Title: 上意討ち 拝領妻始末
Toshirō Mifune as: Isaburo Sasahara
Genre: Drama, Action
Release: 1967
Toshiro Mifune stars as Isaburo Sasahara, an aging swordsman living a quiet life until his clan lord orders that his son marry the lord's mistress, who has recently displeased the ruler. Reluctantly, father and son take in the woman, and, to the family’s surprise, the young couple fall in love. But the lord soon reverses his decision and demands the mistress’s return. Against all expectations, Isaburo and his son refuse, risking the destruction of their entire family. Director Masaki Kobayashi's Samurai Rebellion is the gripping story of a peaceful man who finally decides to take a stand against injustice.

TOP 3:

Red Beard

Red Beard
Original Title: 赤ひげ
Toshirō Mifune as: Dr. Kyojio Niide ("Red Beard")
Genre: Drama
Release: 1965
Aspiring to an easy job as personal physician to a wealthy family, Noboru Yasumoto is disappointed when his first post after medical school takes him to a small country clinic under the gruff doctor Red Beard. Yasumoto rebels in numerous ways, but Red Beard proves a wise and patient teacher. He gradually introduces his student to the unglamorous side of the profession, ultimately assigning him to care for a prostitute rescued from a local brothel.

TOP 2:

High and Low

High and Low
Original Title: 天国と地獄
Toshirō Mifune as: Kingo Gondo
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Release: 1963
An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.

TOP 1:

Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai
Original Title: 七人の侍
Toshirō Mifune as: Kikuchiyo
Genre: Action, Drama
Release: 1954
A samurai answers a village's request for protection after he falls on hard times. The town needs protection from bandits, so the samurai gathers six others to help him teach the people how to defend themselves, and the villagers provide the soldiers with food. A giant battle occurs when 40 bandits attack the village.



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