Toshiro Mifune with wife Sachiko during the filming of Red Beard, ca. 1964.
Toshiro Mifune in 醜聞 (Akira Kurosawa, 1950)
Toshirō Mifune in publicity stills for Rashōmon (Akira Kurosawa, 1950)
Toshiro Mifune and Akira Kurosawa with the cast and crew of Dersu Uzala at Mosfilm in 1975. A decade since last working together on Red Beard, Mifune visited Kurosawa during post-production on Dersu Uzala to interview him for a Japanese TV show. According to Kurosawa’s long-time assistant Teruyo Nogami, Mosfilm executives originally suggested Mifune for the role of Gold tribe hunter/guide Dersu, but Kurosawa did not believe Mifune was right for the part. The role eventually went to Tuvan theatre actor Maxim Munzuk.
Behind the scenes of Kurosawa Akira’s Sanjuro (椿三十郎), 1962
Mifune (R), Yuzo Kayama, and Kurosawa, on set for “Red Beard” (1965).
Kurosawa was so insistent upon realism for the film that an entire town was built, and all the cabinets and drawers in the hopsital were filled with medicine.
Toshirō Mifune and Misa Uehara on the set of The Hidden Fortress (Akira Kurosawa - 1958)
Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, & Yuzo Kayama on the set of Sword of Doom (dir. Kihachi Okamoto, 1966)