Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + +)

Jan.27, 2014, mystery Photo

And for Monday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: One of the many things that is notable about Akira Kurosawa’s “I Live in Fear” (1955) is how much the actors disappear into their characters. Burt Lancaster, for all his talent, is always Burt Lancaster. But as Michael Ryerson pointed out, Toshiro Mifune is barely recognizable as the paranoid industrialist Kiichi Nakajima, who wants to uproot his family (and his mistresses and their children — ahem) and move them to Brazil because he’s afraid of another atomic attack.

The same is true for Takashi Shimura, better known as the leader of the “Seven Samurai.” In “I Live in Fear,” he plays a rather meek, humble dentist who is a mediator in family disputes.

Monday’s mystery gent, Toranosuke Ogawa, also appears in “Seven Samurai,” but in a small role. Likewise, Thursday’s mystery fellow, Minoru Chiaki, appeared in many Kurosawa films, including “Stray Dog,” Rashomon” and “Throne of Blood.”

Jan.28, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Tuesday, another mystery gent.

Please congratulate Michael Ryerson, who recognized Monday’s mystery fellow immediately.

Jan. 29, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday, a mystery woman with a hose.

Please congratulate Michael Ryerson (Tuesday’s mystery fellow), Benito (mystery movie and cast), Gary Martin (Tuesday’s mystery fellow), Julie Merholz (Tuesday’s mystery fellow/wrong movie) and Patrick (mystery movie and cast).

If anyone wants a hint, email me.

Jan. 30, 2014, Mystery Photo

This has become a bit tricky. I mistakenly gave Michael Ryerson credit for Tuesday’s mystery gent, but he has since identified our guest. Mike Hawks has also identified Tuesday’s mystery guest, as has Mary Mallory. For Wednesday, Leila Hyams has misidentified our male guest, but named someone else who is in the mystery movie.

Jan. 31, 2014, Mystery Photo

Jan. 31, 2014, Mystery Photo

Jan. 31, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, here are three photos of our final mystery gent.

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27 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + +)

  1. Floyd Thursby says:

    Akira Kurosawa.


  2. aryedirect says:

    Doubt that it is, but just want to add his name anyway. Percy Helton.


  3. For Tuesday, Fuyuki Murakami.


  4. Mary Mallory says:

    Is this Chishu Ryu today, and AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON?


  5. Benito says:

    Tuesday’s gent is Takashi Shimura, best known as leader of the Seven Samurai. Is the movie I Live In Fear?


  6. Gary Martin says:

    Monday reminds me of Takashi Shimura and Tuesday reminds me of Chishu Ryu. Hmmm.


  7. juliemerholz says:

    Takashi Shimura on Tuesday


  8. juliemerholz says:

    Drunken Angel?


  9. Gary Martin says:

    Oh. I’m somewhat backwards. Tuesday is Takashi Shimura.


  10. Patrick says:

    Monday = Toranosuke Ogawa, Tuesday = Takashi Shimura. The film is Kurosawa’s “I Live in Fear” from 1955.


  11. I think you gave me credit for Tuesday on Fuyuki Murakami when, in fact, I think it is Takashi Shimura. I hate being late but I’d rather be right.


  12. Gary Martin says:

    Wednesday’s actress is, I believe, Chikage Awashima.


  13. Mike Hawks says:

    The man from tuesday is Takashi Shimura.


  14. Mary Mallory says:

    Tuesday is Takashi Shimura and IKIRU.


  15. Leila Hyams says:

    For Wednesday’s the guy on the left is Minoru Chiaki, but not sure who the woman is with the hose. Do you take into account answers via Twitter btw?


  16. 森の煙のように、その顔には、名前をもたらし


  17. Mary Mallory says:

    I LIVE IN FEAR, and Eijiro Tono today? Maybe Kichijiro Ueda Monday?


  18. juliemerholz says:

    I Live In Fear 1955


  19. Mike Hawks says:

    Toshiro Mifune in I LIVE IN FEAR 1955.


  20. Gary Martin says:

    A bespeckled Tohiro Mifune playing the older factory owner in Kurosawa’s I Live In Fear.


  21. Toshiro Mifune barely recognizeable as the older, paranoid industrialist Kiichi Nakajima I Live in Fear


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