Ken Takakura

Ken Takakura

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Ken Takakura was born on Feb 16, 1931 in Japan. Ken Takakura's big-screen debut came with Zubekô tenshi directed by Shigehiro Ozawa in 1960, strarring . Ken Takakura is known for Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles directed by Yimou Zhang, Ken Takakura stars as Gou-ichi Takata and Shinobu Terajima as Rie Takata. Ken Takakura has got 19 awards and 2 nominations so far. The most recent award Ken Takakura achieved is Awards of the Japanese Academy. The upcoming new movie Ken Takakura plays is Dearest which will be released on Aug 25, 2012.

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 Riding alone - Pour un fils (2005), by Chinese director Yimou Zhang.

  • Birthday

    Feb 16, 1931
  • Place of Birth

    Nakama, Fukuoka, Japan

Known For


19 wins & 2 nominations

Awards of the Japanese Academy
Winner - Lifetime Achievement Award
Best Actor
Winner - Award of the Japanese Academy
Poppoya (1999)
Best Actor
Winner - Award of the Japanese Academy
Best Actor
Winner - Award of the Japanese Academy
DôranHaruka naru yama no yobigoe (0)
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards
Best Actor
Winner - SDFCS Award
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