George O’Brien and Janet Gaynor in Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (F.W. Murnau, 1927)
I’m still thinking about this beautiful film after seeing it four days ago….
It’s a movie that feels like a dream…
Film stills don’t get much better than this. Mifune (L) and Seiji Miyaguchi (R) in “Seven Samurai” (1954).
After “Ikiru,” Kurosawa and his screenwriting team - Shinobu Hashimoto and Hideo Oguni - wanted to make a film exploring a day in the life of a samurai, but the idea was too vague. Looking over the enormous amount research material compiled, Kurosawa found a tidbit about a group of samurai who came together to protect a village from bandits.
The team sat down to explore the idea and ended up writing a 500 page script.
A very young and very snowy Mifune from Ginrei no Hate (Snow Trail 1947). I suspect that is real snow, since it was filmed on location!
George O’Brien rescues Janet Gaynor in Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (F.W. Murnau, 1927)
Mifune made nearly 170 movies, 16 of which with Akira Kurosawa. He won the best actor award twice at Venice, in 1961 for “Yojimbo,” and in 1965 for “Red Beard,” both directed by Kurosawa.
Principal photography will start in Tokyo on September 19, with other locations including Los Angeles and San Francisco.
“Last Samurai” will feature rare archive footage and interviews with key Japanese actors and filmmakers who worked with Mifune such as Tatsuya Nakadai, Kyoko Kagawa, Yuzo Kayama, and others.”