Toshiro Mifune married Sachiko Yoshimine a fellow actress in the year 1950. Sachiko was eight years younger to him. There was a lot of opposition from Sachiko’s family and it took a lot of convincing before they actually married. They were blessed with two sons. In 1982 out of his relationship with actress Mika Kitagawa, a baby girl was born to them.
His close association with renowned film director Akira Kurosawa, his acting versatility, his personality and his knowledge of many languages made him the most popular actor of his times. He was very famous in the west.
In his acting career, he has more often played the roles of a samurai or a ronin. In films like ‘Seven Samurai’ and ‘Yojimbo’ he plays characters usually funny without being gentle and usually the hero attitude but with lot of practical knowledge, nobility and with a great sense of humor. While in ‘Yojimbo’, he has displayed terrific fighting skills. The ‘Sanjiuro’, ‘Samurai Trilogy’, ‘Seven Samurai’, ‘Rashomon’, ‘Animas Trujano’ and ‘Red Beard’ were few of the many acclaimed films he has acted. He even ventured English movies such as ‘Grand Prix’, ‘Red Sun’ and ‘Midway’.
During the production of the ‘Red Beard’ Mifune’s Production Company went into depths. Although this movie ran successfully in Europe and Japan it did not do much good to Mufune’s financial condition. At this stage he separated from his wife. His director and mentor Kurosawa being a very conservative person and moreover instrumental in convincing Sachiko Yoshimine’s family for their wedding was very upset about their separation and eventually resulted in his separation from Mufune. The situation worsened to the extent that they called each other names in public appearances.
In 1980 Mifune opened an acting school which also failed miserably due to mismanaged finances. The only good thing in those years is that his role of ‘Toranaga’ in the series of shogun which found him much acclaim.
Much later Mifune and Kurosawa reconciled but they never got as close as they were earlier. Mifune was in his last years taken care by his estranged wife Sachiko.