The Director/Actor Partnership:
Kurosawa was a measured, scrupulous filmmaker, while Mifune had a cracker-jack energy - which, of course made them perfect partners for their 16 films.
"All the films that I made with Mifune, without him, they would not exist," said Kurosawa after Mifune's death, despite the fact that they had a falling-out on Red Beard.
Drunken Angel, The Quiet Duel, Stray Dog, Scandal, Rashomon, The Idiot, Seven Samurai, I Live In Fear, Throne of Blood, The Lower Depths, The Hidden Fortress, The Bad Sleep Well, Yojimbo, Sanjuro, High And Low, Red Beard.
If You Only Watch One:
just about has the edge thanks to its huge cultural impact, and the fact that it gave Mifune an opportunity to show he could be funny, too.