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Cop Toshiro Mifune's Look

Whether appearing as a badass Samurai, a beaten-down gangster, or a vengeful businessman, Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune's style remains as relevant as ever, even two decades after his death.

February 23, 2017
Whether appearing as a badass Samurai, a beaten-down gangster, or a vengeful businessman, Toshiro Mifune captures an audience’s attention with his bold energy from the moment he appears on screen. Akira Kurosawa discovered Mifune while Mifune was auditioning for a role in another director’s film. Mifune and Kurosawa became Japanese cinema’s dynamic duo, collaborating in 16 films throughout the 1950s.

Even though most of Mifune’s characters come off as stern and intense (a kind of Kirk Douglas of the East), his off-screen style is relaxed and yet has a sense of refined simplicity: an understated white polo shirt, occasionally layered with a simple black sweater, with tapered, pleated pants in basic black or khaki and polished two-toned loafers (accessories are usually limited to a classic round-dial watch). Topping it all off with cigarette and a killer attitude, Mifune is truly the king of cool: an icon of Japanese cinematic history.
Toshiro Mifune