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    As a recent big fan of Akira Kurosawa's films, I am curious about Mifume himself as most bio about him that I read is short, In japanese ( I can't read japanese...) and mostly about his film not his life.

    One thing that fascinate me is that some his beginning into films is pretty much a movie in it self. I wonder if the The clerk who made the error on putting his application into the "audition file" instead of job application basket ever realized what he/she just done.

    With all the samurai films that Toshiro Mifune played, did he ever had any formal training in swords or in martial arts in general besides the military ?. I wonder if there is a movie based upon Mifune's life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dimaria View Post

    With all the samurai films that Toshiro Mifune played, did he ever had any formal training in swords or in martial arts in general besides the military ?. I wonder if there is a movie based upon Mifune's life.

    Thanks...
    Not formal training, but Kurosawa brought in Sugino Sensei of the Katori Shinto ryu as swordsmanship advisor for several films, beginning with Seven Samurai.




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    Quote Originally Posted by dimaria View Post
    ...With all the samurai films that Toshiro Mifune played, did he ever had any formal training in swords or in martial arts in general...
    I don't have my notes or reference citations handy, but from memory I recall that he spent considerable time training with Sugino Sensei in Sugino-ha Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu (Sugino being the main sword-fight coordinator for his classic samurai films), and he also trained in Kendo and ZNKR Iaido. If I recall, he was ranked nanadan (7th degree) in Kendo. Along with Takakura Ken, he was considered one of the most-skilled swordsmen in Japanese films.
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