Toshiro Mifune was a Japanese actor who appeared in over feature films. He is best known for his film collaboration with Akira Kurosawa in such works as Rashomon, Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Throne of Blood, and Yojimbo. Toshiro Mifune (三船敏郎, Mifune Toshirō, April 1, – Decem) was a Japanese actor who appeared in over feature films. Toshirô Mifune, Actor: Yôjinbô. Toshiro Mifune achieved more worldwide fame than any other Japanese actor of his century. He was born in Tsingtao, China. Toshiro Mifune. Through over sixteen collaborations with director Akira Kurosawa, this Japanese actor created some of the most dynamic characters ever put. Although he amassed more than screen credits, Toshiro Mifune () will always be remembered for his 16 collaborations with director. Mifune Toshiro, leading actor in the post-World War II Japanese cinema, known internationally for his work in the films of Kurosawa Akira. Akira Kurosawa once said, “The ordinary Japanese actor might need ten feet of film to get across an impression. Toshiro Mifune needed only three feet. Although he had originally planned to work in films as an assistant cameraman, Toshiro Mifune was auditioned as an actor, a fortuitous career shift that. Toshiro Mifune () was a charismatic Japanese actor best known for his roles in Akira Kurosawa's masterpieces in the 's and. Toshiro Mifune's portrayal in 'Yojimbo' inspired American spaghetti westerns. Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune, left, in the film "Yojimbo" by.