Legendary Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune, known worldwide for his portrayal of samurai in film, was presented with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Nov. 14 by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Mifune starred in some 150 films, including classics directed by Akira Kurosawa: Rashomon, Seven Samurai, and Yojimbo.
Mifune’s grandson Rikiya Mifune, actor and president of Mifune Productions Co., accepted the award at the ceremony, thanking all in attendance for making it a special day for Toshiro Mifune. Noting that next year will mark 20 years since his grandfather’s passing, “it’s great to know his accomplishments are acknowledged and appreciated,” said Rikiya Mifune.
The ceremony followed the screening a day earlier of Mifune: The Last Samurai at AFI Fest 2016 presented by Audi. The film directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki explores the movie career of Mifune and will open theatrically in New York late November, Los Angeles and San Francisco in December and then nationwide. JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles and Japan Foundation Los Angeles provided cultural support for the screening, with community support from the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles.