Benjie Lu wrote:
Agreed, he did some fight choreography before he went to Hollywood. So it is not really a wild claim. Some are pretty wild but this one is true.
Yes, he did advise on the Challenge but Mifune's real sword instructor was Sugino sensei of the Katori Shinto Ryu. Sugino was the technical advisor for many of the Mifune films directed by Kurosawa, including the Seven Samurai.
My two favorites are: The Seven Samurai and Chushingura (the story if the 47 Ronin; the color version by Inagaki)
The Samurai Trilogy starring Mifune again (the story of Miyamoto Musashi) is also high on the list.
And never forget, Sword of Doom with Tetsuya Nakadai. Truly a cult film.
Am waiting for the upcoming remake of Zatoichi withTakeshi! The trailer shows great promise.