Mifune: The Last Samurai

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Mifune: The Last Samurai

#1 Post by MichaelB » Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:44 pm

MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI (2016): Toshiro Mifune, one of the acting legends of Japanese cinema (and star of Seven Samurai, the BFI’s best-selling DVD of all-time) is celebrated in this feature-length documentary directed by Steven Okazaki and narrated by Keanu Reeves.
Currently slated for 25 February 2019.

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Re: Mifune: The Last Samurai

#2 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:59 am

A timely announcement since Seven Samurai just topped a BBC poll of critics on their favourite foreign language films.

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Re: Mifune: The Last Samurai

#3 Post by rapta » Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:09 pm

I assume this is DVD-only? Was curious to see this film, so glad it's getting decent distribution. Be nice if BFI followed that with some Kurosawa upgrades...

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Re: Mifune: The Last Samurai

#4 Post by MichaelB » Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:58 am

Full specs announced:
Mifune: The Last Samurai
Directed by Steven Okazaki
Narrated by Keanu Reeves


BFI DVD release on 18 March 2019 (iTunes release on 25 February)

Nearly 20 years after his death, Toshiro Mifune (1920 – 1997) remains a true giant of Japanese cinema. Rich with archive footage and personal reminiscences from family and friends, this documentary, narrated by Keanu Reeves, shines a light on both the man and the actor, from his childhood and military service to his early years in the film industry and the string of masterpieces made with legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa.

Mifune: The Last Samurai will be released by the BFI on DVD on 18 March 2019. This follows an iTunes release on 25 February.

Directed by Academy Award®-winning director Steven Okazaki and featuring contributions from Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese, Mifune: The Last Samurai reveals him as a formidable and mercurial talent, both onscreen and off, and an influence that still resonates through world cinema.

Special features
Steven Spielberg on Toshiro Mifune (2016, 20 mins): the Oscar®-winning director discusses Mifune’s career, including his collaborations with Kurosawa, his influence on western cinema and working with him on 1941
Toshiro Mifune Guardian Interview (1986, 61 mins, audio only): the legendary Japanese actor discusses his life and career in this interview with critic and writer David Shipman, recorded at the NFT
• Original theatrical trailer
• Illustrated booklet with new writing by Steven Okazaki and Stuart Galbraith IV, an interview with the director, biography of Toshiro Mifune by Philip Kemp and full film credits

Product details
RRP: £19.99/ Cat. no. BFIV2122 / Cert 12
US / 2016 / black and white, colour / 77 mins / English and Japanese, with optional English hard-of-hearing subtitles / original aspect ratio 1.78:1 / DVD9: PAL, 25fps, Dolby Digital 5.1 audio and 2.0 stereo audio (48kHz/16-bit)

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