Between 1948 and 1965, Akira Kurosawa directed 17 films. Of those 17, Toshiro Mifune starred in all but one. While the two had a falling out after the filming of their last collaboration, Red Beard, their mutual respect for one another remained intact until the end.
Kurosawa has this quality, this ability to bring things out of you that you never knew were there. It is enormously difficult work, but each picture with him is a revelation. When you see his films, you find them full realizations of ideas, of emotions, of a philosophy which surprises with its strength, even shocks with its power. You had not expected to be so moved, to find within your own self this depth of understanding.
— Toshiro Mifune
I am a person who is rarely impressed by actors, but in the case of Mifune, I was completely overwhelmed.
— Akira Kurosawa