Toronto: 'Mifune: The Last Samurai' Goes to Strand Releasing

Mifune the Last Samurai Still - H 2015
Courtesy of Venice Film Festival

Directors Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese pay tribute to celebrated Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune in the the documentary that screened at Venice and Telluride.

Strand Releasing has picked up the U.S. rights to Mifune: The Last Samurai, an indie doc paying tribute to legendary Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune.

The film, by Oscar-winning director Steven Okazaki, is narrated by Keanu Reeves and screened at Telluride and Venice before a deal was unveiled in Toronto by Celluloid Dreams. Mifune: The Last Samurai features interviews with Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg as well as Mifune's co-stars Kyoko Kagawa, Haruo Nakajima and Yoshio Tsuchiya.

"I've long admired Steven Okazaki as a filmmaker, and we could not be more thrilled to finally get to work with him on this beautiful film," Marcus Hu, co-president of Strand Releasing, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Celluloid Dreams also closed deals for Mifune: The Last Samurai for all German-speaking territories with Koch Media, and for France with La Rabbia.

The U.S. deal was negotiated between Hu and Jon Gerrans for Strand Releasing, and Hengameh Panahi for Celluloid Dreams.