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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day was exactly like me. A naked sword. It didn't stay in his sheath.

UPDATE: Once again, I've put my foot in my mouth. The picture is not from Seven Samurai, but another Kurosawa Masterpiece... either Sanjuro or Yojimbo. It was represented as Seven Samurai from my source and I stupidly didn't bother to double check.

I mean, that's definitely Toshiro Mifune in samurai garb, just the wrong garb to be from Seven Samurai. Looking at it more closely I'd say that's Sanjuro, but what do I know?

Thanks to eagle-eyed readers Ryan Gallagher and James Marsh for quickly spotting the error. I've edited the article and will now go fall on my sword to make amends.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I am here today both incredibly happy and a little sheepish. Happy because Pee-Wee himself tweeted the link to yesterday’s picture to his (ample) Twitter follwers. Sheepish because the pic I promised yesterday isn’t exactly what you’re getting today.

I hate the smell of cigarette smoke, but guess what? If Toshiro Mifune blew smoke in my face (especially if he was in costume) I’d be nothing but smiles… bright, wide cancer-absorbing smiles.

Hope you guys enjoy the shot!



Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic will go in, through and beyond!

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  • Feb. 20, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Have to see this movie.

    by TheMcflyFarm

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Samurai Tobacconist!

    by Shubniggorath

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 8:13 p.m. CST

    shameless plug for my DIE HARD Trilogy tribute video

    by TheSeeker7

    Forgive me, I know Die Hard has absolutely zero to do with this particular BTS pic, but I already emailed this link to Harry, I'm sure there's a .000001% chance at best he'd actually post it on the site, so I'm putting it in a Talkback. I've been into amateur editing as a hobby for a long time, and just got finished remaking my extended Die Hard trilogy music video (from the original I made back in the late 90's). I chose to ignore Live Free Or Die Hard. thanks (though I'm sure nobody will be shy in informing me what a piece of shit it is lol)

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST

    What's with the herringbone pattern on the pic above?

    by planetran_fan

    Was it scanned from a textured paper photograph?

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 8:33 p.m. CST

    thats what im talking about

    by Smack_Teddy

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Looks like Sanjuro not Yojimbo

    by Dark Doom

    He (Toshiro Mifune) doesn't have the full beard until after Yojimbo (the bodyguard), so this looks like it is Sanjuro (thirty years old going on forty). These are some of the best movies ever made, and show Kurosawa at his best.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    great movie, fun pic

    by Stifler's Mom

    very slow death before dishonor.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST

    It is Sanjuro

    by monkeybrow

    w/o a DOUBT

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Not sword, backsword or Katana would be better

    by Dark Doom

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Cool stuff, Quint! :)

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    This is probably the most consistently COOL feature on AICN. Thanks for sharing all of this great film history...

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST

    great picture. samurai are so frigging cool

    by stu_pickles

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Definitely Sanjuro.

    by Tacom

    The other guy looks like Tatsuya Nakadai.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Samurai

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    definitely Sanjuro-Great shot

    by AlGoreHole

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST


    by The Aquarian 1

    Sanjuro is the unsung masterpiece that gets overshadowed by Yojimbo. To be honest Sanjuro may be a better film.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Pee Wee is on twitter? that is so depressing...

    by MST3KPIMP

    call me dopey but I hate when entertainers I admire do superficial shit like twitter.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:08 p.m. CST

    "Come On, light that fucker, hurry up"

    by brocknroll

    "You better light my fucking smoke, or I'll chop your fucking head off."

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:08 p.m. CST


    by _Venkman

    As does everything else in this country arghhh

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:29 p.m. CST

    by quentintarantado

    Judging from the other guy's costume, that's probably Hanbei (Tatsuya Nakadai), and here's a GIF of the famous last scene (spoiler):

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Tomorrow a BTS picture from "The Black Hole"?

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    Normally I'd say cool, way cool; but, I refuse to get my hopes up since Quint has a long history in this column of mis-using the wrong quotes with the wrong movie. I'd give it even odds it'll be a picture from a totally different film and Quint will claim he forgot about the obvious reference.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Quint, Mifune plays a half-crazed bum...

    by MooseMalloy

    ... in SEVEN SAMURAI, not an actual samurai. Didn't you know that? Basic film school stuff here.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 11:32 p.m. CST


    by bee152

    watched it last week

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Definitely Sanjuro.

    by Rhuragh

    Because that's definitely Tatsuya Nakadai. And yes, I agree, Sanjuro is superior to Yojimbo.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Look, it's Thomas Edison!

    by JethroBodine

    Look, it's Thomas Edison!

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Holy shit.

    by Rhuragh

    Nakadai is still acting. That's so fucking cool. In fact, he's in the new Zatoichi. God, all this talk about Kurosawa makes me want spend the next 12 hours watching his films. If only I weren't 800 miles away from my DVD collection. *sigh*

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 1 a.m. CST

    Tatsuya Nakadai had more hair in Yojimbo

    by Setsuled

    It's definitely Sanjuro.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Holy #$^*!!!

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    That's cool as Hell. And I don't even think smoking is cool.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 3:22 a.m. CST

    yay some non whites

    by Jonathhan Kana

    and a good picture finally too. THIS kind of pic is what this behind the scenes series should be going for. awesome! now get us some REAL behind the scenes of some real black actors as well and you will be out of the dog house with me.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Blatant yellowface stereotyping!

    by buggerbugger

    Should have gone with Christopher Lee as Fu Manchu, man.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 5:18 a.m. CST


    by AnUsulDarkley

    Kurasawa was the master. So far I've seen 23 of his 30 films. Still looking for the other 7.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 5:38 a.m. CST

    copd seppuku

    by vulturess

    some samurai take slow way out.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Backaroo Banzai tomorrows pic?

    by KilliK

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Asian Cinema

    by Garett

    The best thing next to Italian cinema! Either way neither is worth a mention neither is "World CLass" Neither should be up for any American awards ie Globes oscars etc.. If Michael bay Had Optimus Punch Megatron in the jaw and the sound effect came after the fact yous would demand his head...Asians do it it`s first rate action!! Hold all to one level not each to their own! If nothing else at least these people can still make something original.. All we get now is rehashed bs and sequels!

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 7:04 a.m. CST

    My grandfather

    by proevad

    Went through unspeakable things in the pacific during the war. He's told me some of what he witnessed. Kurosawa is the reason he didn't die hating the japanese people. That's why he's my favorite filmmaker. His genius helped an old man forgive.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Qunit, Foot In Mouth Isn't Just The Problem

    by Ace of Wands 2

    "UPDATE: Once again, I've put my foot in my mouth. The picture is not from Seven Samurai, but another Kurosawa Masterpiece... either Sanjuro or Yojimbo. It was represented as Seven Samurai from my source and I stupidly didn't bother to double check." Not only that but considering you posted this with the previous day's BTS picture: "Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic features one of the best remakes of all time and one of the baddest badasses cinema has ever produced!" even if the photo HAD been from Seven Samurai how would that have fitted with it being "one of the best remakes of all time"???

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST


    by Snuggle_Bunny

    Quint's afraid of cigarettes!

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    I'd walk a mile across feudal Japan for a Camel.


  • Feb. 22, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Mr. Mifune

    by AlbertPyun

    I had the great honor of working with Mr. Mifune fresh out of high school. He brought me to Japan and gave me my first real professional experience. He was not only a very kind man but very imposing as well. He treated everyone with respect and generosity. I'm actually discussing a project with his son, Shiro, and it involves casting Mr. Mifune's grandson in a key part of my version of "Satomi Hakkenden", a very famous Japanese story. I miss Mr. Mifune and never got a chance to work with him on one of my movies. I did fly to Japan in 1991 to discuss his possibly appearing in my film, Nemesis. Albert Pyun Facebook / Albert Pyun Movies