Everything Coming Up Mifune

Left: Confit of monkfish, eggplant and achovy puree, shiso sauce, and daikon (Image: David Portnoy); right: Toshiro Mifune (Image: YouTube screen grab)

If you know the name Mifune, it may be for Japanese film actor Toshiro Mifune, best remembered for his 16-film collaboration with legendary director Akira Kurosawa. Or it may be for Mifune, the French-infused neo-Washoku restaurant in midtown Manhattan that bears the actor’s name.

If you’re a fan of both Mifunes, you’ll want to know about a film festival beginning this week and running through March 31 that celebrates the actor’s work. Attendees of the festival who present a ticket stub will receive a $25 discount off the price of dinner.

The festival, to be held at the Film Forum in Greenwich Village, will feature all 33 of Mifune’s films as well as rarities and rediscoveries in 35mm imported from the libraries of The Japan Foundation and The National Film Archive of Japan.

The restaurant serves a daily-changing 8-course omakase menu curated by co-executive chefs Yuu Shimano and Tomohiro Urata, who worked in the kitchens respectively of Maison Troisgros and Guy Savoy.

The full schedule for the festival can be found here.

Mifune, 245 E 44th Street (bet Second and Third Aves.), 212-986-2800.

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