Actor Toshiro Mifune appears in the movie "Zatoichi meets Yojimbo," Showing May 5 at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

The Japanese Action Film Series will be shown at the Wexner Center

Japanese movie star Toshiro Mifune turned 102 years old this year.

Mifune, who appeared in 16 films by legendary director Akira Kurosawa, was born in 1920 and died in 1997, but in the eyes of global movie fans, he remains a vital force.

Explaining the actor’s continued allure, USC Associate Professor Karim Yasar puts it bluntly.

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

“Everyone loves badass, because they provide an imaginative escape from our own feelings of powerlessness in the face of evil, injustice and corruption,” said Yasar, an expert in Japanese cinema who previously taught at Ohio State University.

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