Monday, February 8, 2010

mifune on monday

Of Akira Kurosawa, Mifune said, "I am proud of nothing I have done other than with him".

were one to begin and end a research of toshiro's work by only watching the films he made with the master kurosawa, no tears need by shed. every viewing of 'rashomon' is like the tale itself: another layer of truth to be discovered. 'seven samauri' may sound like a steep hill to climb as it is EPIC (207 minutes) but every second is precious. toshiro is one of cinema's greatest thieves. he truly takes all of you.

in the words of kurosawa: 'Mifune had a kind of talent I had never encountered before in the Japanese film world. It was, above all, the speed with which he expressed himself that was astounding. The ordinary Japanese actor might need ten feet of film to get across an impression; Mifune needed only three.'

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