Ken Takakura


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Ken Takakura was a Japanese actor best known for his brooding style and the stoic, honorable presence he brought to his roles.Known as the "Clint Eastwood" of Japan, 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, Shôwa zankyô-den (1965) in which he played an honorable old-school yakuza among the violent post-war gurentai.A graduate of the prestigious 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 Denkô karate uchi (1956) (Lightning Karate Blow) in 1956. As luck would have it, 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 in trade. His breakout role came in 1965 playing a ex-con antihero in Abashiri Bangaichi (1965). By the time he left Toei in 1976, he had appeared in over 180 films.Takakura gained international recognition after starring in the 1975 Sydney Pollack sleeper hit Yakuza (1974) with Robert Mitchum and is probably best known in the West for his role in Ridley Scott's Black Rain (1989) in which he surprises American cops played by Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia by showing he can speak English. He again proved himself bankable to Western audiences in the 1992 Fred Schepisi comedy Mr. Baseball (1992) starring Tom Selleck.While he slowed down a bit in his older years, he remained active. His later films included Der einsame Tausendmeilenritt (2005), by Chinese director Yimou Zhang. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Anon

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Streaming Availability

Amazon Video has the most number of Ken Takakura’s flixes, followed by DIRECTV compared to other streaming platforms. See the full graph below.

Releases by Year

Ken Takakura on average has worked on 1 movies per year from 1970 to 2016. See the full graphs of the number of Ken Takakura movies released per year from 1989 till 2016.

Top Genres

Ken Takakura works mostly in Drama Genre followed by Crime Genre flixes. 35% of Ken Takakura movies are Drama Genre movies. See Top Genres that Ken Takakura worked on in the graph below.

Average IMDB Score

On average the IMDB score of the movies that Ken Takakura has worked on is 6.6.

6.6 / 10

Ken Takakura's Movies and Tv Series available to Stream now ..

A Japanese father travels to China's Yunnan province in the place of his ailing son to film a folk-opera singer.

7.3/10107 min

Available in 8 platform(s).

The Yakuza (1974)

American private-eye Harry Kilmer returns to Japan to rescue a friend's kidnapped daughter from the clutches of the Yakuza.

7.2/10112 min

Available in 9 platform(s).

Black Rain (1989)

Two NYC cops arrest a Yakuza member and must escort him when he's extradited to Japan.

6.6/10125 min

Available in 13 platform(s).

A group of prisoners attempts to break out of the Abashiri Prison.

6.2/1091 min

Available in 1 platform(s).

Mr. Baseball (1992)

Jack Elliot, once a great baseball player, is forced to play in Japan where his brash, egotistical ways cause friction with his new teammates and friends.

6/10108 min

Available in 12 platform(s).