Steven Okazaki's documentary Mifune: The Last Samurai will begin it's theatrical run in the U.S. in November. On November 25th it opens in New York at the IFC Center followed by Los Angeles on December 2nd and San Francisco on December 9th.
There is a new trailer and a poster for the release from Strand Releasing. You can see both below.
Nearly 20 years after his death, Toshiro Mifune remains a true giant of world cinema. He made 16 remarkable films with director Akira Kurosawa, including Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Yojimbo, and together they shook the film world, inspiring not only The Magnificent Seven and Clint Eastwood’s breakthrough movie, A Fistful of Dollars, but also George Lucas’ Star Wars.
MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI, the new feature-length documentary by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, explores the evolution of the samurai film; Mifune's childhood and World War II experience; his accidental entry into the movies; and dynamic but sometimes turbulent collaboration with Kurosawa.
Mifune – wry, charismatic and deadly -- was the first non-white action star. “A lot of people try to imitate Mifune, especially when they’re playing strong and silent,” says Steven Spielberg, “ but nobody can. He was unique in all the world.”
Includes Interviews with: Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Teruyo Nogami (Kurosawa's longtime script supervisor), Kyoko Kagawa (RED BEARD), Yoshio Tsuchiya (SEVEN SAMURAI), Takeshi Kato (THRONE OF BLOOD), Yoko Tsukasa (YOJIMBO), and many more.
Narrated by: Keanu Reeves.
ScreenAnarchy's Patryk Czekaj caught the film at the Kyoto Film Festival. You will find the link to his review below as well. Here is an excerpt...
Arguably, what stands out among the many curious anecdotes, charming comments, and other more or less humorous bits is the fascinating discussion about the unforgettable finale of Kurosawa’s ravishing 1957 masterpiece Throne of Blood. While some of the more eager followers of Internet film trivia won't find this part of narration especially surprising, it’s nonetheless edited and delivered in such a clever way that demands constant attention.