Japanese action film series to be shown at the Wexner Center

Actor Toshiro Mifune appears in the movie

The Japanese movie star Toshiro Mifune would have turned 102 this year. 

Mifune, whose greatest prominence came with his performances in 16 films by legendary director Akira Kurosawa, was born in 1920 and died in 1997, but in the eyes of fans of international cinema, he remains a vital force.

Explaining the actor’s ongoing appeal, University of Southern California assistant professor Kerim Yasar puts it bluntly.

“In the simplest and most vulgar terms, he was a badass,” Yasar, who teaches in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, said by email.

“And everyone likes a badass, because they offer a fantasy escape from our own feelings of powerlessness in the face of evil, injustice and corruption,” said Yasar, who is an expert in Japanese cinema who previously taught at Ohio State University.

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