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5' 9" (1.75 m)
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That the Japanese film is known at all in the West is due mainly to the pictures of Akira Kurosawa
. That I am known both here and abroad is also mainly due to him. He taught me practically everything I know, and it was he who first introduced me to myself as an actor. Kurosawa has this quality, this ability to bring things out of you that you never knew were there. It is enormously difficult work...
Mexican director/producer Ismael Rodríguez
cast him as the drunken Mexican-Indian title role of his film Ánimas Trujano (El hombre importante)
(1962). Mifune studied a tape of a Mexican actor speaking his dialog to memorize his lines. Then, on the shooting he was able to speak his entire part in Spanish. Despite this fact, in the finished film, his voice is dubbed by Mexican actor Narciso
Intense, macho acting style that was often both bombastic and emotionally honest.