10 things You Should Know About Toshirō Mifune

Here are 10 things you should know about Toshirō Mifune, born 100 years ago today. He was arguably the greatest international star Japan has ever produced.

Today, Turner Classic Movies is airing 10 classic films Mifune made with director Akira Kurosawa, and the Criterion Channel is currently featuring twenty-six—count ’em, 26—Mifune films, plus a documentary about his life and career (and the Criterion Channel offers a two-week free trial… just sayin’).

Happy 112th Birthday, Mikio Naruse!

Director and screenwriter Mikio Naruse was born 112 years today in Tokyo, Japan. Naruse isn’t as well-known as some other directors of classic Japanese cinema, such as Yazujiro Ozu, Akira Kurosawa, and Kenji Mizoguchi, but we are great admirers of his quiet, well-crafted family dramas and the compelling women who are so often at the center of them (not to mention the remarkable actresses who played them). 誕生日おめでとう、成瀬巳喜男、どこにおしています… (Happy birthday, Mikio Naruse, wherever you may be…)

Here are 10 things you should know about Mikio Naruse…