Mifune: The Last Samurai

Mifune: The Last Samurai
  • Saturday, May 27, 12:30 Naxoshalle Kino
  • Japan 2016, DCP, 80 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • Director: Steven OKAZAKI
  • Script: Steven OKAZAKI, Stuart Galbraith IV
  • Production: “Mifune: The Last Samurai” Film Partners
  • Camera: Toru HINA, Yasuyuki ISHIKAWA
  • Distribution: Koch Media
  • Voice actors: Keanu Reeves
  • German premiere in the presence of the producer Yukie KITO
  • Competition Nippon Visions Jury Award and Nippon Visions Audience Award


Legendary actor Toshiro MIFUNE (1920–1997) participated in almost 170 film productions. While his work goes far beyond his collaboration with director Akira KUROSAWA, these two names will make every movie buff think of such classics as RASHOMON, THE SEVEN SAMURAI or YOJIMBO. Steven OKAZAKI portrays a fascinating personality and sheds light on a major chapter in the history of Japanese cinema.

Director’s Bio
Steven OKAZAKI was born in Los Angeles in 1952 as a grandson to Japanese immigrants. Since his filmmaking debut in 1976 he has directed numerous documentary films, including DAYS OF WAITING, which won the 1991 Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject, and WHITE LIGHT/BLACK RAIN, which won a 2008 Emmy Award. Other films like UNFINISHED BUSINESS (1985) and THE MUSHROOM CLUB (2006) received nominations for an Academy Award.

Filmography (selection)
1985 Unfinished Business; 1987 Living on Tokyo Time; 1999 Black Tar Heroin; 2007 White Light/Black Rain

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