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Ken Takakura

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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. Description above from the Wikipedia article Ken Takakura, licensed under CC-BY-SA,full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Feb 16, 1931 In Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka, Japan
Συνολικές συμμετοχές σε Ταινίες/Σειρές:
Πρώτη Εμφάνιση:
In the movie 母孔雀 1956-12-05
Τελευταία Εμφάνιση:
Movie Ken San 2016-08-20
Γνωστος/η για...
Poster of Choji Snack Bar
Poster of Hishakaku and Kiratsune: A Tale of Two Yakuza
Movie Ken San Himself 2016-08-20
Movie Dearest Eiji Shimakura 2012-08-25
Movie Black Rain: Making The Film Himself (archive footage) 2006-10-10
Movie 千里走单骑 Gou-ichi Takata 2005-12-22
Movie The Firefly 2001-05-01
Movie Railroad Man Otomatsu Sato 1999-06-05
Movie 47 Ronin Kuranosuke Oishi 1994-10-22
Movie Ο Άσσος του Μπέιζμπολ Uchiyama 1992-10-01
Movie Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star actor 'The Yakuza' (archive footage) (uncredited) 1991-03-10
Movie Buddies Kadokura 1989-11-03
Movie Καυτή Βροχή Masahiro 1989-09-22
Movie 夜叉 Shuji 1985-08-31
Movie Choji Snack Bar Eiji 1983-11-12
Movie Antarctica Ushioda 1983-07-23
Movie The Longest Tunnel Go Akutsu 1982-10-16
Movie Station Eiji Mikami 1981-11-07
Movie A Distant Cry from Spring Kosaku Tajima 1980-03-15
Movie The Revolt 1980-01-15
Movie Never Give Up Takeshi Ajisawa 1978-10-07
Movie Winter's Flower Hidetsugu Kano 1978-06-17
Movie The Yellow Handkerchief Yusaku Shima 1977-09-30
Movie Mount Hakkoda Captain Tokushima 1977-06-04
Movie Manhunt Morioka 1976-02-11
Movie The International Gang of Kobe Masato Dan 1975-10-14
Movie The Bullet Train Tetsuo Okita 1975-07-05
Movie The Yakuza Tanaka Ken 1974-12-21
Movie The Homeless Jokichi Anabuki 1974-10-09
Movie Third Generation Boss 1974-01-01
Movie Golgo 13 Golgo 13 1973-12-29
Movie Yakuza of the Present Ryoichi Shimaya 1973-10-27
Movie Contemporary Tales of Chivalry: The Traitor Shall Die 1972-12-30
Movie The Pledge 1972-03-23
Movie The Kanto Scarlet Cherry Gang Kuramoto 1972-03-04
Movie New Prison Walls of Abashiri: Snowbound Deserter 1971-12-29
Movie New Prison Walls of Abashiri: Stormy Cape 1971-08-13
Movie Patience Has An End Isamu Tekada 1971-06-25
Movie The Path of the King Ryutaro Fudo 1971-03-06
Movie Contemporary Tales of Chivalry: Forbidden Love 1971-01-01
Movie Duel of Swirling Flowers 1971-01-01
Movie House of Gamblers 1970-01-01
Movie Brutal Tales of Chivalry 7: Hell Is a Man's Destiny 1970-01-01
Movie Brave Red Flower of the North 1970-01-01
Movie Too Late the Hero Major Yamaguchi 1970-05-20
Movie The Last Glory 1970-10-29
Movie Gambler's Legacy Tsukuda Ginjiro 1969-12-27
Movie New Prison Walls of Abashiri: The Vagrant Comes to a Port Town 1969-12-27
Movie Brutal Tales of Chivalry 6 1969-11-07
Movie Nihon ansatsu hiroku 1969-10-16
Movie New Prison Walls of Abashiri 2 1969-08-13
Movie The Domain: Flower and Dragon Kingoro Tamai 1969-05-31
Movie Red Peony Gambler: Second Generation Ceremony 1969-04-10
Movie Brutal Tales of Chivalry 5: Man With The Karajishi Tattoo Hanada Hidejiro 1969-03-06
Movie Red Peony Gambler: Flower Cards Match Shogo Hanaoka 1969-02-01
Movie Samurai Geisha Shimada 1969-01-01
Movie The Biggest Gamble 1969-01-01
Movie Prison Boss 1968-04-18
Movie Hishakaku and Kiratsune: A Tale of Two Yakuza 1968-07-12
Movie Red Peony Gambler Shogo Hanaoka 1968-09-14
Movie The Day the Sun Rose 1968-11-23
Movie New Prison Walls of Abashiri Katsuji Suehiro 1968-12-28
Movie A Story from Abashiri Prison—Duel in Snow Storm Shin-ichi Tachibana 1967-12-23
Movie Contemporary Tales of Chivalry 4 1967-07-08
Movie Classmates First Lieutenant Kenmochi 1967-06-03
Movie The Chivalrous Life Ryuma Ibuki 1967-05-30
Movie Glorious Fights Ichiro Takita 1966-10-29
Movie Contemporary Tales of Chivalry: The Lone Wolf 1966-07-09
Movie The Kamikaze Guy 1966-06-04
Movie The Bullet and the Horse 1966-04-23
Movie Contemporary Tales of Chivalry 2 1966-01-13
Movie A Fugitive from the Past Ajimura 1965-01-15
Movie Abashiri Prison 1965-04-18
Movie Prison Walls of Abashiri, Part 2 Shinichi Tachibana 1965-07-10
Movie Bushido Sasaki Kojiro 1965-09-04
Movie Brutal Tales of Chivalry Seiji Terajima 1965-10-01
Movie Prison Walls of Abashiri 3 Shinichi Tachibana 1965-10-31
Movie Prison Walls of Abashiri 4 Shin'ichi Tachibana 1965-12-31
Movie Wolves, Pigs & Men Jiro, the second brother 1964-08-26
Movie The Domain 1964-08-13
Movie An Outlaw Minami 1964-04-05
Movie ジャコ萬と鉄 Tetsu 1964-02-08
Movie Miyamoto Musashi: The Duel at Ichijo Temple Sasaki Kojiro 1964-01-01
Movie Gang Loyalty and Vengeance Asano 1963-10-20
Movie Miyamoto Musashi: Nitoryu kaigen Sasaki Kojiro 1963-09-14
Movie Life of Hishakaku 1963-03-16
Movie Eleven Gangsters Sawagami 1963-01-15
Movie The Prickly Mouthed Geisha and the Girl of Osaka 1962-02-07
Movie The Escape 1962-03-14
Movie Tales of President Mito 1962-04-04
Movie All Rascals 1962-03-21
Movie 365 Nights 1962-09-09
Movie Song of Kagoshima Shuhei Tategami 1962-05-01
Movie Devil's Nursery Rhyme Kosuke Kindaichi 1961-11-15
Movie Feisty Edo Girl Nakanori-san Kenichi Oka 1961-10-22
Movie The Prickly-Mouthed Geisha Goes to Sado 1961-08-05
Movie Flower, Storm and Gangster 'Smiley' Ken 1961-06-23
Movie A Fishwife's Tale 1961-05-31
Movie The Prickly Mouthed Geisha, Part 4 1961-01-09
Movie 続べらんめえ芸者 1960-03-01
Movie Man of the World 1960-01-21
Movie 二発目は地獄行きだぜ 1960-01-27
Movie Outlaw Under a Blue Canopy 1960-05-10
Movie 続々べらんめえ芸者 1960-08-07
Movie The Sand City in Manchuria 1960-08-24
Movie Man of the World 2 1960-07-13
Movie Four Hours of Terror Captain Yamamoto 1959-09-30
Movie The Happy Family 1959-01-28
Movie Romance Freestyle 1958-04-30
Movie No Advice Taken 1958-01-03
Movie 多羅尾伴内 十三の魔王 1958-01-15
Movie 希望の乙女 1958-09-10
Movie Beyond the Seasonal Wind 1958-06-10
Movie ひばりの花形探偵合戦 1958-08-06
Movie The Outsiders Ichitaro Kazamori 1958-11-26
Movie Sister with Sister 1958-12-09
Movie Jet Air Base 101 Jiro Nakata 1957-12-15
Movie The Deep Blue Sea 1957-07-30
Movie 母孔雀 1956-12-05