Mifune Toshirō Given Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (News)
Los Angeles, Nov. 14 (Jiji Press)—Legendary Japanese actor Mifune Toshirō, who rose to international stardom for his performances in movies directed by Kurosawa Akira, such as Shichinin no samurai (Seven Samurai), was honored posthumously with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday.
A ceremony was held at the site of Mifune’s star on the famous Hollywood sidewalk, attended by his family members, including his 28-year-old grandson Mifune Rikiya, a movie producer.
“Next year it will be twenty years since Mifune passed away, and it is great to know that his accomplishments are still acknowledged and appreciated,” Rikiya said in a speech at the ceremony as movie fans and tourists watched.
Mifune is the 2,594th celebrity to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, joining other Japan-related icons, such as Hollywood actors Hayakawa Sessue and George Takei, as well as Japanese movie monster Godzilla.
Mifune, who appeared in some 150 motion pictures during his lifetime, worked closely with Kurosawa to build the golden age of Japanese cinema in the 1950s. He died in 1997 at the age of 77.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]