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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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
20 May 1970
A WWII film set on a Pacific island. Japanese and allied forces occupy different parts of the island.
23 July 1983
Two Japanese scientists, Ushioda and Ochi, develop a bond with their sled dogs while on an expedition in Antarctica.
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.
20 August 2016
KEN SAN pieces together the puzzle of the life and legacy of Japan's mythical acting icon, Ken Takakura.
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.
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.
07 November 1981
A detective goes out of his way to crack the case of a serial killer specializing in policeman murders.
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.
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.
15 September 1973
Live-action adaptation of the hit manga. Golgo 13, also known by the pseudonym Duke Togo, is a professional assassin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
28 December 1968
Former soldier, Suehiro Katsuji, fights violent gangs and powerful Chinese merchants during the post-war period in Japan.
01 January 1971
The eight chapter of the "Showa Zankyoden" series. A story of lone wolf struggling with human compasy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
01 May 2001
Japanese film icon Ken Takakura, who has starred in over 100 films, stars in this elegiac look at war and remembrance.
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.
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.
04 September 1965
The fifth and final installment with the build up of the epic battle between Sasaki Kojiro and Miyamoto Musashi.
30 September 1959
The captain saves passengers from a brutal murderer on a plane after four hours of terror.
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.
15 December 1957
Japanese war film.
04 June 1966
An elaborate criminal tango based around treasure hidden during WWII.
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.
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.
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.
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.
09 December 1958
Yoshiko finds new life and love interests when she takes a new job as an office worker.
22 October 1961
Daughter of a lumber shop in Edo strives to protect her family business from the competitor.
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.
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.
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.
26 August 1964
A lonely gangster tries recruiting men to plunder a respected and powerful gang.
03 June 1967
War film concerning young Kamikaze marines.
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.
18 April 1968
Rival gangs battle for ownership of a bicycle race track.
13 July 1960
An upstanding young man’s racy adventure filled with conspiracies and love.
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.
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.
15 November 1961
1961 Toei adaptation of Yokomizo's novel.