Toshiro Mifune’s Devastating Sword Draw from “Yojimbo!”

“Japan’s Greatest Samurai Action Star!”

The great Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune in the role of “Yojimbo” demonstrates a sword draw in six movements in a “surprise killing attack.” Toshiro Mifune participated in more than 170 Japanese films. He became famous especially for his collaboration with director Akira Kurosawa from 1948 to 1965 in such films as “Yojimbo,” “Rashomon” and “The Seven Samurai.”

As a side note, this is another Kurosawa film choreographed by an early student of Morihei Ueshiba named Yoshio Sugino. Sugino Sensei was a master of Katori Shinto-ryu and choreographed many sword fighting scenes in Japanese movies of the 1950s and 60s.

Read more about Yoshio Sugino Sensei here.

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Selected by Sakura Mai


  1. Interesting. There has to be a twist on the first move to get the edge going in the right direction. I liked the left hand drawing slash in the last scene, too, and sometimes practice it.

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