Toshiro Mifune started his career as an assistant cameraman and then got into acting in his first feature film ‘Shin Baka Jidai.’ He went on to work with director Akira Kurosawa and appeared in several of his hit movies, including ‘Rashomon’ (1950), ‘Seven Samurai’ (1954), ‘Throne of Blood’ (1957), and ‘Yojimbo’ (1961). He parted ways with Kurosawa after the movie ‘Red Beard’ (1965). While Kurosawa’s career saw a downward turn after they parted, Mifune continued to prove himself as an accomplished actor and received positive reviews for his performance in ‘Grand Prix’ (1966) and ‘Samurai Rebellion’ (1967).
He gained popularity with American audiences and appeared on the television miniseries ‘Shogun,’ in 1980. Though the series was popular abroad, it was not very popular in his homeland.
His 1981 movie ‘Inchon’ also failed to impress his home audience. After several movies with mixed reviews, his performance was appreciated in ‘Picture Bride’ (1995) and ‘Mifune: The Last Samurai’ (2016).