The Bromance of Mifune and Kurosawa

Toshiro Mifune and Akira Kurosawa had a collaborative destiny in film par excellence. Both were superb in the expression of their individual talents. But it is with Toshiro Mifune that we will focus our attention. We’ll look to see what it is in the heavenly bodies that reflect what took place during his lifetime.

Mifune was born in China to Japanese parents, and he followed in the footsteps of his father’s career, albeit in film as opposed to still photography. His first encounter with film was when he was a very young child when his father used him as a model. As he grew, he was catapulted into starring roles because of his larger than life prowess on screen.

His emotional power is easily seen in his natal wheel by the Grand Water Trine shown by connected orange lines. Pluto and Mars play an essential role in this triangular configuration that develops in pyramiding fashion over time. Grand Trines create momentum for good or for bad, depending on the grooves of experience with which the native concentrates their efforts. If a negative habit-pattern of activity is set from childhood, there is the possibility to break away from that downward spiral through an activation of any Squares the native has to the Grand Trine. That stops the momentum and Mifune has that capability to break negative cycles with the Grand Trine Mars participant also applying in Square to natal Jupiter/Neptune. Pyramiding High Focus Mars in Scorpio is in its rulership, and that endowed Mifune with ultra sex appeal, although his roles were played out in restraint, and that made him all the more desirable. Off a bit by itself, Mars becomes Excitation in keyword, as opposed to its normal keyword Initiative.

The Jupiter/Neptune exact Conjunction shows the potentials as a screen personality. The exact Conjunction is also the give-away indicator for the heavy drinking for which he was notorious. Neptune rules the screen of the mind and imagination, and a projection of that is imagery played out on the silver screen of the film industry. Jupiter expands that potential and makes it “bigger than life.”

Five planets are retrograde including Mercury, and that is likely the reason for his quiet internalized intensity for which he was known. The sympathy and compassion for his fellow actors, and the tender side he revealed to some, is shown by the three planets in Pisces. Uranus is the Leading Planet of his powerful Locomotive Temperament Type, and the pattern is fairly ideal with its Grand Trine and Core Opposition stemming from that High Focus Leader. The keyword for Uranus in High Focus becomes Experimentative, instead of the keyword Independence it would have been if remaining in a normal and less prominent role.

If Mifuni was born in the wee early hours of April 1, 1920, his Sun’s Sabian Symbol would be The president of the country.* The fascinating thing about the description of the symbol is the several references to playing a role among his fellows and of the impact that position would have in bringing the native notoriety. Powerful effects of one’s personality on others are shown in the chart through multiple Conjunctions. Planets that join forces amplify their potentials to the outside world.

The astrological connection between the two creatives is in the very tight Opposition of Kurosawa’s Jupiter, shown at the top of the outer wheel, to Mifune’s Sun at the bottom of the inner wheel. This is great good fortune for both of them, with Kurosawa being a Paternal (Jupiter keyword) figure to Mifune, and one that releases controls over what the other would express through his own Will; the Aries Sun Mifune was born to be. With a Natal Moon Conjunct Saturn, there more calculated rather than spontaneous method in his acting, and it is known he would prepare far in advance of performance. And the Trine to the Sun from the Jupiter/Neptune Conjunction is all he needs for a smooth expression of his Aspiring talents; Aries keyword is Aspiration.

Major collaborative films were Rashomon, Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Throne of Blood, and Yojimbo.

*ARIES 11 The president of the country This is a symbol of high ego on the impersonal side, evident in the complete and naïve dedication of the individual to some part he chooses to play among his fellows. Implicit here is the selection of such a role as will have a maximum breadth of recognition, so that the player may be established in a reality which he would be quite unable to sustain by himself. There is a subordination of all other considerations to one primary act of individual assurance. The keyword is IDEALIZATION. When positive, the degree is the self-sacrifice required of anybody who would be­come the creative representative of eternal value, and when negative, an often well-meaning but usually destructive assertiveness or vain pretense.

 

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