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Actor Toshiro Mifune, who appeared in 16 Akira Kurosawa films, including “Rashomon” in 1950 and “Seven Samurai” in 1954, died Wednesday night at a hospital in Mitaka, Tokyo. He was 77.

Born in Qingdao, China, in 1920, he spent his teen years there. He debuted in 1947 as Toho Co.’s “new face” in “Ginrei no Hate (At the End of Snow Covered Slopes).” In the following year, he starred in Kurosawa’s “Yoidore Tenshi (Drunken Angel),” in which he portrayed a frustrated war veteran, winning high marks from critics.

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