Ken Takakura

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Ken Takakura  , born Gouichi Oda (  February 16, 1931, in Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka, Japan), is a Japanese actor best known for his brooding style and the stoic presence he brings to his roles. Takakura gained his streetwise swagger and tough-guy persona watching yakuza turf battles over the lucrative black market and racketeering in postwar Fukuoka. This subject was covered in one of his most famous movies, Showa Zankyo-den (Remnants of Chivalry in the Showa Era), in which he played an honorable old-school yakuza among the violent post-war gurentai. A graduate of Meiji University in Tokyo Takakura happened by an audition in 1955 at the Toei Film Company, and decided to look in. Toei found a natural in Takakura as he debuted with Denko Karate Uchi (Lightning Karate Blow) in 1956. Japan experienced a boom in gangster films in the 1960s as the Japanese people struggled with the generational differences between those raised in pre-war and post-war Japan and these were Takakura's stock and trade. His breakout role would be in the 1965 film Abashiri Prison, and its sequel Abashiri Bangaichi: Bokyohen (Abashiri Prison: Longing for Home, also 1965), in which he played an ex-con antihero. By the time Takakura would leave Toei in 1976, he had appeared in over 180 films. Takakura gained international recognition after starring in the 1970 war film Too Late the Hero as the cunning Imperial Japanese Major Yamaguchi, the 1975 Sydney Pollack sleeper hit The Yakuza with Robert Mitchum and is probably best known in the West for his role in Ridley Scott's Black Rain (1989) where he surprises American cops played by Michael Douglas and Andy García with the line, "I do speak fucking English". He again proved himself bankable to Western audiences with the 1992 Fred Schepisi comedy Mr. Baseball starring Tom Selleck. While he has slowed down a bit in his older years, he is still active. His most recent film was the 2005 Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles by Chinese director Zhang Yimou.

Most Popular Ken Takakura Trailers

Total trailers found: 80

The Yakuza Trailer (1974)

21 December 1974

Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter - and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia.

Black Rain Trailer (1989)

22 September 1989

Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan.

A Distant Cry from Spring Trailer (1980)

15 March 1980

The quiet life of a mother and her young son living on a farm in Hokkaido is changed by the arrival of a man who ignites flames of romance in the heart of the mother and shows her boy the importance of grit and kindness, but then he leaves with the autumn wind.

The Bullet Train Trailer (1975)

05 July 1975

One of the Japanese Shinkansen “Bullet Trains” is threatened with a bomb that will explode automatically if the train slows below 80 km/h, unless a ransom is paid.

Dearest Trailer (2012)

25 August 2012

A prison officer hands in his resignation after his wife's death, to drive to the port where she wants her ashes scattered at sea.

Mr. Baseball Trailer (1992)

01 October 1992

Jack Elliot, a one-time MVP for the New York Yankees is now on the down side of his baseball career. With a falling batting average, does he have one good year left and can the manager of the Chunichi Dragons, a Japanese Central baseball league find it in him?

Too Late the Hero Trailer (1970)

20 May 1970

A WWII film set on a Pacific island. Japanese and allied forces occupy different parts of the island.

Antarctica Trailer (1983)

23 July 1983

Two Japanese scientists, Ushioda and Ochi, develop a bond with their sled dogs while on an expedition in Antarctica.

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles Trailer (2005)

22 December 2005

Takada, a Japanese fisherman has been estranged from his son for many years, but when the son is diagnosed with terminal cancer his daughter-in-law, Rie, summons him to the hospital.

Ken San Trailer (2016)

20 August 2016

KEN SAN pieces together the puzzle of the life and legacy of Japan's mythical acting icon, Ken Takakura.

Buddies Trailer (1989)

03 November 1989

Based on a celebrated book by Kuniko Mukoda, this film directed by Yasuo Furuhata tells of a close friendship undone by love.

Brutal Tales of Chivalry 5: Man With The Karajishi Tattoo Trailer (1969)

01 January 1969

The fifth in a powerful series about brutality, duty and honor, staring the legendary TAKAKURA Ken. Hidejuro is sent to prison after killing the boss of a rival family.

Station Trailer (1981)

07 November 1981

A detective goes out of his way to crack the case of a serial killer specializing in policeman murders.

Mount Hakkoda Trailer (1977)

04 June 1977

Two infantry regiments of the Imperial Japanese Army—210 men overall—tackled Mt. Hakkoda in the winter of 1902 to prepare for war with Russia.

Golgo 13 Trailer (1973)

15 September 1973

Live-action adaptation of the hit manga. Golgo 13, also known by the pseudonym Duke Togo, is a professional assassin.

A Fugitive from the Past Trailer (1965)

15 January 1965

Three robbers escape with loot from a heist before one of them shoots them; their corpses wash up near the aftermath of a maritime calamity, provoking a policeman's interest.

The Homeless Trailer (1974)

09 October 1974

The Homeless is a picaresque tale in the truest sense of the word. Two inmates are simultaneously released from jail, but go their separate ways, only to cross paths again in the nearest brothel.

The Longest Tunnel Trailer (1982)

16 October 1982

After a passenger ship sinks in 1954, Go Akutsu devises a life-saving project in the form of a tunnel under the Tsugaru Strait.

47 Ronin Trailer (1994)

22 October 1994

Kon Ichikawa's retelling of the classic true story of Samurai honor. When a young clan lord is forced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide), his loyal followers (now Ronin, masterless Samurai) dedicate their lives to avenging his death.

Tales of Japanese Chivalry Trailer (1964)

13 August 1964

A timber merchant and haulage firm in late 19th century Tokyo is in trouble. The widowed lady owner is being threatened by a scheming competitor who is offering much cheaper labour.

Railroad Man Trailer (1999)

05 June 1999

A railway stationmaster at a dying end-of-the-line village in Hokkaido is haunted by memories of his dead wife and daughter.

The Last Glory Trailer (1970)

29 October 1970

With World War II is coming to its end and Japan nearing defeat, Japanese military leaders step up suicide attacks on Allied ships.

New Prison Walls of Abashiri Trailer (1968)

28 December 1968

Former soldier, Suehiro Katsuji, fights violent gangs and powerful Chinese merchants during the post-war period in Japan.

Brutal Tales of Chivalry 8: Forbidden Love Trailer (1971)

01 January 1971

The eight chapter of the "Showa Zankyoden" series. A story of lone wolf struggling with human compasy

Winter's Flower Trailer (1978)

17 June 1978

Kanno (Ken Takakura) is a Yakuza. He had to kill Matsuoka who betrayed their boss. Kanno knew Matsuoka had a 3-year-old daughter named Youko.

Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star Trailer (1991)

10 March 1991

A retrospective on the career of Robert Mitchum through interviews with friends and co-workers, scenes from his films, and the actor himself.

The Red Cherry Blossom Family Trailer (1972)

04 March 1972

The Ni Family is the most well know and respected group of firefighters in the Kanto region. When their leader dies and the successor disappears, Tsuruji, a beautiful yet tough geisha, becomes the boss.

Manhunt Trailer (1976)

11 February 1976

A tough police detective is falsely accused of corruption, and goes on the run to clear his name. He is assisted by the beautiful daughter of a rich man.

The Yellow Handkerchief Trailer (1977)

30 September 1977

The story starts with Kinya, who has recently upgraded his car. He’s a young adult and he’s single so naturally he uses his ride to ahem, look for companions.

An Outlaw Trailer (1964)

05 April 1964

A killer who only hits people who deserve it is tricked into killing an innocent man. He then seeks revenge against the people who employed him and then gets mixed up with drugs and prostitution in Hong Kong.

Yasha Trailer (1985)

31 August 1985

Retired yakuza gangster Shuji (Ken Takakura) moves back from Osaka to a remote coastal village to start a new life as a fisherman with his family, his arrival from the city coinciding with that of the beautiful bar hostess Keiko (Yuko Tanaka, who provided the voice of Lady Eboshi in Princess Mononoke).

The Walls of Abashiri Prison Trailer (1965)

18 April 1965

Abashiri Prison is located in the coldest place in Japan. Two men, handcuffed together have escaped from the prison, one a yakuza, the other a petty criminal, and although they hate each other they must work together if they are to evade capture in this harshest of climates.

The Prickly Mouthed Geisha Part 2 Trailer (1960)

01 March 1960

In one of her best movie roles, super-star singer and actress Hibari Misora shines in this romantic film about a young geisha named Koharu.

The Firefly Trailer (2001)

01 May 2001

Japanese film icon Ken Takakura, who has starred in over 100 films, stars in this elegiac look at war and remembrance.

365 Nights Trailer (1962)

09 September 1962

Hibari Misora shines in this touching drama depicting a love triangle between a young architect, Koroku, and two women, Ranko and Teruko.

Red Peony Gambler Trailer (1968)

01 January 1968

Ryuko was raised by her father, a gambler named Senzo Yano in Kumamoto, Kyushu, after her mother died when she was little.

Bushido Trailer (1965)

04 September 1965

The fifth and final installment with the build up of the epic battle between Sasaki Kojiro and Miyamoto Musashi.

Four Hours of Terror Trailer (1959)

30 September 1959

The captain saves passengers from a brutal murderer on a plane after four hours of terror.

The Day the Sun Rose Trailer (1968)

23 November 1968

Prison Walls of Abashiri 4 Trailer (1965)

31 December 1965

A gripping tale of friendship set against the backdrop of Hokkaido. Shinichi sets out to earn a few honest dollars with which to bail a friend out of jail.

Jet Air Base 101 Trailer (1957)

15 December 1957

Japanese war film.

Kamikaze Man: Duel at Noon Trailer (1966)

04 June 1966

An elaborate criminal tango based around treasure hidden during WWII.

All Rascals Trailer (1962)

21 March 1962

Ishihama is planning a casino robbery with his wife and mother-in-law. They meet a man named Tsuneda who is planning the same robbery agree to work together.

The Sand City in Manchuria Trailer (1960)

24 August 1960

When the plague threatens a small town in Manchuria, a young doctor finds himself struggling to save the lives of his townspeople.

Brutal Tales Of Chivalry 4: Blood Stained Tattoo Trailer (1967)

01 January 1967

Romance Freestyle Trailer (1958)

30 April 1958

The love between young college students Toki (Hibari Misora) and the handsome Takaga (Ken Takakura) is tested when Takaya's parents, who depise Toki's family's geisha house business, intervenes in their relationship.

Brutal Tales of Chivalry 2: The Chinese Lion and Peony Tattoo Trailer (1966)

01 January 1966

The second chapter of the incredible "Show Zankyoden" series. This time Ken Takakura stars as Hidejiro Hanada, a wandering yakuza with a 'karashi botan' (Chinese lion and peony) tattoo.

Sister with Sister Trailer (1958)

09 December 1958

Yoshiko finds new life and love interests when she takes a new job as an office worker.

Feisty Edo Girl Nakanori-san Trailer (1961)

22 October 1961

Daughter of a lumber shop in Edo strives to protect her family business from the competitor.

Detective Duel Trailer (1958)

06 August 1958

A friendly rivalry turns into romance for Yukiko, an elite female detective, and a handsome private eye named Mitamura while both are investigating the missing person's case from a wealthy family.

Brutal Tales of Chivalry 3: The Lone Wolf Trailer (1966)

01 January 1966

The karashi Botan returns in the third chapter of the incredible Show Zankoden series. This time legendary actor Ken Takakura plays Takei Shigejiro of the Shimazu family.

Red Peony Gambler: Flower Cards Match Trailer (1969)

01 January 1969

The third chapter of the ‘Red Peony Gambler’ saga depicts the happiness and sadness of Red Peony Oryu’s life as she seals her femininity with a red peony tattoo and lives in world of chivalry and honor of the yakuza.

Wolves, Pigs & Men Trailer (1964)

26 August 1964

A lonely gangster tries recruiting men to plunder a respected and powerful gang.

Diaries of the Kamikaze Trailer (1967)

03 June 1967

War film concerning young Kamikaze marines.

The Deep Blue Sea Trailer (1957)

30 July 1957

From a novel by noted author Torao Setoguchi, this modern-day movie stars the great Hibari Misora. With a strong supporting cast that includes Jun Usami and the mega-star Ken Takakura, it is a tale of youth, family and romance.

Prison Boss Trailer (1968)

18 April 1968

Rival gangs battle for ownership of a bicycle race track.

Man of the World 2 Trailer (1960)

13 July 1960

An upstanding young man’s racy adventure filled with conspiracies and love.

With Songs in My Heart Trailer (1958)

10 September 1958

Sayuri, a young woman born to a simple life on a farm, moves to Tokyo to pursue a life long dream of becoming a singer.

Tales of President Mito Trailer (1962)

04 April 1962

Mr. Mito, a former president of an instant food company, with two young men’s help, solves the quality problems and wins a big ramen contract with a large Chinese company.

The Devil's Ballad Trailer (1961)

15 November 1961

1961 Toei adaptation of Yokomizo's novel.