Mr. Takata attended the unveiling of the Hollywood Star for legendary actor Toshiro Mifune. It was an exciting event with several celebrities there. Mr. Takata met Rieki Mifuno, the grandson of Toshiro Mifune. It was a fun ceremony with politicians and celebrities giving speeches. Rikiya Mifune also gave a speech about his grandfather. It was an honor for Mr. Takata to attend.
The Japan Times wrote an article describing the event:
" Hollywood celebrated the life of legendary Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune on Monday, honoring him with a star on its iconic Walk of Fame two decades after his death.
Mifune rose to stardom through Akira Kurosawaâ€™s classics, including â€œRashomonâ€ (1950) and â€œSeven Samuraiâ€ (1954), with masculine portrayals of powerful warlords that earned him a reputation as the worldâ€™s best samurai actor.
He died in Tokyo at that age of 77 in 1997. He had been mostly confined to his home since suffering a heart attack five years earlier.
His death shocked Japanâ€™s cinema industry, which took pride in him as its most presentable actor in international cinema, fondly calling him â€œMifune of the world.â€
Kurosawa cast Mifune in leading roles in all but one of 17 films he made between 1948 and 1965. â€œRashomon,â€ in which Mifune played a cynical bandit, won the Grand Prix award at the 1951 Venice Film Festival.
Mifune played a peasant-turned samurai leading farmersâ€™ resistance against bandits in â€œSeven Samurai,â€ which inspired two Western remakes, both titled â€œThe Magnificent Sevenâ€ (1960 and 2016).
Born in Qingdao, China, on April 1, 1920, to a photographic studio owner, Mifune joined film company Toho Co. in 1946 after serving six years in an Imperial Japanese Army aerial photography unit during World War II.
He appeared in around 170 feature films, including such foreign productions as Terence Youngâ€™s â€œRed Sunâ€ (1972) and Steven Spielbergâ€™s â€œ1941â€ (1979).
He also starred in the 1980 popular U.S. television mini-series â€œShogun,â€ based on James Clavellâ€™s bestselling book.
Mifuneâ€™s last role on the silver screen was in â€œFukai Kawaâ€ (â€œDeep Riverâ€)â€in 1995, in which he portrayed a man tortured to the last moment of his life by his experience eating one of his comrades during war.
He left assets of Â¥630 million (then $5.4 million), according to local tax officials.
â€œMy grandfather passed away when I was 9 so the memories I have of him are mainly as a grandfather figure, but I remember him as a gentleman at home,â€ said his grandson, the actor Rikiya Mifune.
â€œHe would talk in a gruff and manly manner and always have perfect posture, like a true samurai, even at home.â€
His life is the subject of documentary â€œMifune: The Last Samurai,â€ screened at the American Film Instituteâ€™s AFI Fest this year. It is set to be released in U.S. theaters on Dec. 2."