One of my favorite films is ‘Drunken Angel’ by Akira Kurosawa. This was Toshiro Mifune’s first collaboration with Kurosawa and the results leave a great impression on me.  His acting is aggressive(as in most of his roles)  but you begin to sympathize with him as the film progresses.  Any who’s, great film, I recommend it.

This is a drawing of Mifune’s character in the film, from the first scene.


Behind the scenes of Akira Kurosawa’s 1958 film The Hidden Fortress.

“In 1981, we visited George Lucas’s enormous studios… At the studio entrance stood R2D2 and C3PO, the robot pair inspired by a pair of farmers in The Hidden Fortress. Someone evidently told Lucas that Kurosawa had come to collect a copyright fee for their use. On hearing that, Kurosawa hastily told Lucas, ‘No, no!’ adding with a smile, 'Please use them all you like.’” – Teruyo Nogami

Star Wars: Why Toshiro Mifune Turned Down Obi-Wan Kenobi Role
Had things gone differently with Toshiro Mifune, Star Wars would have had a different Obi-Wan Kenobi… and Darth Vader!

George Lucas wanted Toshiro Mifune to play Obi-Wan Kenobi (when he turned down the role, he was offered the part of Darth Vader), but Mifune didn’t want to be a part of a space movie, based on the cheesy effects seen in sci-fi movies at the time.