Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple, located in Seaside, California, is a member of the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA), headquartered in San Francisco, California. The temple belongs to the Jodo Shinshu Mahayana Buddhism and the Mother Temple is the Nishi Hongwanji located in Kyoto, Japan.



The Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple and the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) of the Monterey Peninsula hosts the local premiere of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki’s documentary film “Mifune: The Last Samurai”  on Saturday, April 22, 3 p.m, at the Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple, 1155 Noche Buena Street, Seaside. 

Steven Okazaki will introduce the film and answer questions from the audience afterwards. 

Tickets are $25 general admission.  Tickets available at or by contacting the Temple at or by phone 650-868-9883.  This is a fundraising event for the Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple and the JACL of the Monterey Peninsula. 

MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI explores the evolution of Japanese sword fighting (Chanbara) movies; Mifune’s World War II experience; his accidental entry into moviemaking; and fortuitous collaboration with Kurosawa.  The film is narrated by Keanu Reeves and includes interviews with Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese.

Steven Okazaki is the recipient of numerous honors, including an Academy Award® for “Days of Waiting,” four Academy Award® nominations, a Primetime Emmy, and the City of Hiroshima’s “Honorary Citizen Award.” His films, produced for HBO, PBS and NHK, are explorations of the extraordinary lives of ordinary people caught up in dramatic historical events and troubling social issues.