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

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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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Domain Trailer (1964)

13 August 1964

The feud between two rival delivery companies, Kibamasa and Okiyama, heats up as the head of Kibamasa falls ill.

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.

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.

Station Trailer (1981)

07 November 1981

A detective goes out of his way to crack the case of a serial killer who specialises in murdering police officers.

Red Peony Gambler: Flower Cards Match Trailer (1969)

01 February 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.

Golgo 13 Trailer (1973)

29 December 1973

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

Contemporary Tales of Chivalry: The Traitor Shall Die Trailer (1972)

30 December 1972

The ninth and final film in the Contemporary Tales of Chivalry series.

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.

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.

Contemporary Tales of Chivalry: The Lone Wolf Trailer (1966)

09 July 1966

Yakuza families clash over a lucrative fishery business.

Contemporary Tales of Chivalry 4 Trailer (1967)

08 July 1967

Fierce war breaks out when Shujiro’s rival clan attempts to sabotage his lucrative construction business.

The International Gang of Kobe Trailer (1975)

28 May 1975

An international gang fights with other families at postwar Kobe.

Brutal Tales of Chivalry Trailer (1965)

01 October 1965

After World War II, their town was a pile of rubble. Gennosuke, the second generation boss of the Kamizu Group was upholding yakuza chivalry by keeping black-market and illegal items out of their open-air market.

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.

Brutal Tales of Chivalry 7: Hell Is a Man's Destiny Trailer (1970)

01 January 1970

Young yakuza Shujiro Hanada (Takakura) goes to prison after losing his cool in a rigged gambling game and slashing a few other players.

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.

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.

Life of Hishakaku Trailer (1963)

16 March 1963

After eloping with a prostitute named Otoyo, Hishakaku takes refuge in the Kogane family’s turf. Indebted to Boss Kogane for his kindness, Hishakaku swears to dedicate himself to protect the Koganes in time of crisis.

The Pledge Trailer (1972)

23 March 1972

When Omuro Yahachi of the Omuro family is selected as Mutsumikai Soke's successor, the conflict between the Kitakyushu and Wakamatsu begins.

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.

Miyamoto Musashi: The Duel at Ichijo Temple Trailer (1964)

01 January 1964

In the fourth installment, Musashi's potentially greatest opponent Kojiro jumps in and out of the story at the oddest and most coincidental moments.

Red Peony Gambler: Second Generation Ceremony Trailer (1969)

10 April 1969

The industrual revolution comes to Japan with the introduction of the railroad system. This led to clashes between boatmen, who livihoods are threatened, and the railroad construction workers.

Black Rain: Making The Film Trailer (2006)

10 October 2006

A documentary on the making of the film, Black Rain

Miyamoto Musashi: Birth of Two Sword Style Trailer (1963)

14 September 1963

In the third installment of Yoshikawa's novel Musashi, things continue from the 2nd film at the end of battle, where Miyamoto continues on a mission of learning; with the introduction of his arch-rival Sasaki Kojiro; and lastly the large cast of characters rendezvouses for a fateful finale.

New Prison Walls of Abashiri: Snowbound Deserter Trailer (1971)

29 December 1971

Red Peony Gambler Trailer (1968)

14 September 1968

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

Choji Snack Bar Trailer (1983)

12 November 1983

Eiji, also known as Choji, quits the shipyard to start Izakaya [Snack Bar] Choji with his wife Shigeko on the outskirts of Hakodate.

Wolves, Pigs & Men Trailer (1964)

26 August 1964

Sabu and his pals hold a pauper's funeral for Sabu's mother. His brother Jiro arrives home, fresh out of jail, and Sabu pointedly states that Jiro is not invited.

Never Give Up Trailer (1978)

07 October 1978

Special forces officer Ajisawa leaves his paramilitary group to take care of his newly-adopted daughter, Yoriko: the sole survival of a bloodbath for which he is responsible.

The Domain: Flower and Dragon Trailer (1969)

31 May 1969

New Prison Walls of Abashiri: Stormy Cape Trailer (1971)

13 August 1971

Former inmate Katsuji gets involved in the horse gambling business while lending a helping hand to a ranch operator.

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

06 March 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.

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.

Brave Red Flower of the North Trailer (1970)

01 January 1970

An exciting tale of action on the distant northern island of Hokkaido around the beginning of the 20th Century starring two of the biggest names in Yakuza film history, Fuji Junko and Takakura Ken.

An Outlaw Trailer (1964)

05 April 1964

Assassin Nanjo goes on a solitary mission to take revenge on the man who trapped him into a complicated drug deal.

Brothers Serving Time Trailer (1969)

01 January 1969

While imprisoned, Tatsu encounters Danshi, a man who is a big honcho in the prison pecking order. After initial conflict they become sworn brothers.

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.

Prison Boss Trailer (1968)

18 April 1968

Rival yakuza gangs battle for ownership of a bicycle race track.

The Drifting Avenger Trailer (1968)

14 June 1968

Ken, son of a former samurai settles with his family in the west from Japan. Soon his family is killed in front of him by stagecoach robbers, making him aim to get revenge.

Gendai ninkyô-shi Trailer (1973)

26 October 1973

Contemporary Tales of Chivalry 2 Trailer (1966)

13 January 1966

Hidejiro is a wandering yakuza with a ‘karashi botan’ (Chinese lion and peony) tattoo. Owing a favor to the Soda Family, he kills the boss of the rival Sakaki Family.

Glorious Fights Trailer (1966)

29 October 1966

A young leader of the Yamazaki family of Nagasaki, Takida (Ken Takakura) is an A-bomb survivor. He fiercely battles violent elements in southern Japan like there is no tomorrow.

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.

Contemporary Tales of Chivalry: Forbidden Love Trailer (1971)

01 January 1971

A story of lone wolf struggling with human compassion and duty.

Memoirs of Japanese Assassins Trailer (1969)

16 October 1969

This anthology film consists of nine incidents in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when assassins changed the course of Japanese history.

The Path of the King Trailer (1971)

06 March 1971

When the aging leader of the yakuza gang Maeda-gumi decides to retire, many of the gang members have no confidence in the young man he has chosen to replace him.

A Story from Abashiri Prison—Duel in Snow Storm Trailer (1967)

23 December 1967

Convict son revenges innocent father's death.

Third Generation Boss Trailer (1974)

01 January 1974

Based on Kazuo Taoka's autobiography, this film follows a Kobe gangster as he builds the small Yamaguchi-gumi into Japan's largest criminal clan.