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Ken Takakura

  • Feb 16, 1931 - Nov 10, 2014 (age 83)
  • 5' 11" (1.80 m)
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2016
Abashiri Bangaichi: Aku eno Chôsen
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MovieNov 26, 2016

Abashiri Bangaichi: Aku eno Chôsen

Abashiri Bangaichi: Aku eno …
Abashiri Bangaichi: Aku eno Chôsen is a film directed by Teruo Ishii.
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2014
Ken Takakura
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Ken Takakura

Ken Takakura passed away.
Award2014

Lifetime Achievement Award

Won Japan Academy Prize …
Won Japan Academy Prize for Lifetime Achievement Award.
Japan Academy Prize
2012
Anata e
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MovieAug 25, 2012

Anata e

A prison officer hands in his resignation after his wife's …
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.
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2005
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
MovieOct 22, 2005

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles

In a village of fishermen in …
In a village of fishermen in Japan, Takata misses his son Kenichi, to whom he has been estranged for many years. When his daughter-in-law Rie tells him that Kenichi is sick in the hospital, she suggests Takata to come to Tokyo to visit his son in the hospital where he would have the chance to retie the relationship. However, Kenichi refuses to receive his father in his room, and Rie gives a videotape to Takata to know about the work of his son. Once at home, Takata sees a documentary in the remote village Lijiang, in the province of Younnan, about the passion of Kenichi, the Chinese opera, where the lead singer Li Jiamin promises to sing an important folk opera on the next year. When Rie calls Takata to tell that her husband has a terminal liver cancer, Takata decides to travel to Lijiang to shoot Li Jiamin singing the opera to give to Kenichi.
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2001
The Firefly
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MovieMay 27, 2001

The Firefly

A Japanese love story that takes place during World War 2. It …
A Japanese love story that takes place during World War 2. It follows a young Japanese man who goes to war and tries to stay connected to his true love.
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2000
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
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Nomination2000

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in …

Nominated for "Poppoya".
Japan Academy Prize
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
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Award2000

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in …

Won award for "Poppoya".
Japan Academy Prize
1999
Poppoya
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MovieJun 5, 1999

Poppoya

A solitary middle-aged station manager is haunted by …
A solitary middle-aged station manager is haunted by troubling memories of his past when he learns the line his station is on will be decommissioned for lack of profitability. He is visited by a young woman, who mysteriously appears to cheer him up.
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1995
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Nomination1995

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in …

Nominated for "47 Ronin".
Japan Academy Prize
1994
47 Ronin
MovieOct 22, 1994

47 Ronin

A group of disgraced samurai plan a decade long revenge …
A group of disgraced samurai plan a decade long revenge against a corrupt lord.
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1992
Mr. Baseball
MovieOct 2, 1992

Mr. Baseball

Jack Elliot, once a great baseball player, is forced to play in …
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.
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1990
Nomination1990

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in …

Nominated for "Buddies".
Japan Academy Prize
1989
Black Rain
MovieSep 22, 1989

Black Rain

Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between …
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. In Japan, however, he manages to escape. As they try to track him down, they get deeper and deeper into the Japanese Mafia scene and they have to learn that they can only win by playing the game the Japanese way.
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1985
Yasha
MovieAug 31, 1985

Yasha

Shuji was once a feared member of the Yakuza crime syndicate, …
Shuji was once a feared member of the Yakuza crime syndicate, but he's reformed his ways, abandoned his old life and left the city for a small coastal fishing town where he's become an honest fisherman.
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1983
Izakaya Chōji
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MovieNov 12, 1983

Izakaya Chōji

Eiji, also known as Choji, quits the shipyard to start Izakaya …
Eiji, also known as Choji, quits the shipyard to start Izakaya Choji (snack bar) with his wife Shigeko on the outskirts of Hakodate.
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1982
Kaikyô
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MovieOct 16, 1982

Kaikyô

Kaikyô is a 1982 drama film written by Toshirô Ide and Shirô …
Kaikyô is a 1982 drama film written by Toshirô Ide and Shirô Moritani and directed by Shirô Moritani.
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Keiji monogatari
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MovieApr 17, 1982

Keiji monogatari

Keiji monogatari is an action, drama and crime fiction film …
Keiji monogatari is an action, drama and crime fiction film directed by Yûsuke Watanabe.
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Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
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Nomination1982

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in …

Nominated for "Station".
Japan Academy Prize
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
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Award1982

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in …

Won award for "Station".
Japan Academy Prize
1981
Station
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MovieNov 7, 1981

Station

Constantly put to the test and faced with tragedy wherever he …
Constantly put to the test and faced with tragedy wherever he turns, can a man finally find solace and a modicum of love or rest with what is left of his hometown, his family, love or himself? One of the more prolific pairing of Japanese cinema returns with a film that can only be described as unhappy.
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Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
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Nomination1981

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in …

Nominated for "A Distant Cry from Spring".
Japan Academy Prize
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
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Award1981

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in …

Won award for "A Distant Cry from Spring".
Japan Academy Prize
1980
A Distant Cry from Spring
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MovieMar 15, 1980

A Distant Cry from Spring

A mysterious stranger …
A mysterious stranger appears at the door of a farmhouse on a stormy night and asks for shelter. The young widow who owns the farm puts him up in the barn. At dawn, he helps to deliver a calf and, just as mysteriously and distantly, disappears down the road. In the spring, he returns to stay as a farmhand, gains the respect of the widow and the devotion of her young son, and begins to end their feelings of loneliness. When an intruder, in the person of a rich merchant, shows up and presses his attentions on the widow, the farmhand saves her from his attentions. But there is a mystery about where the stranger came from; and why, after winning the hearts of the widow and her son, he has to go away again.
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Dôran
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MovieJan 15, 1980

Dôran

Dôran released.
1978
Never Give Up
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MovieOct 7, 1978

Never Give Up

A Japanese Warrior leaves the secretive battalion he is apart …
A Japanese Warrior leaves the secretive battalion he is apart of. As a skilled soldier, he confronts evil and serves his people.
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Winter's Flower
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MovieJun 17, 1978

Winter's Flower

A thug is released after fifteen years in prison for the …
A thug is released after fifteen years in prison for the murder of a yakuza gang boss. Things were never going to be simple and bygones were never going to be bygones of course, but to make matters more complicated the murdered boss had a young daughter upon his death. Will it be a case of vengeance?
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Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
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Award1978

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in …

Won award for "Mount Hakkoda".
Japan Academy Prize
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
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Nomination1978

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in …

Nominated for "Mount Hakkoda".
Japan Academy Prize
1977
The Yellow Handkerchief
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MovieOct 1, 1977

The Yellow Handkerchief

Three complete strangers …
Three complete strangers embark on a road-trip to Hokkaido.
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Mount Hakkoda
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MovieJun 4, 1977

Mount Hakkoda

Two infantry regiments of the Imperial Japanese Army …
Two infantry regiments of the Imperial Japanese Army tackled Mount Hakkoda in the winter of 1902 to prepare for war with Russia.
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1976
Kimi yo Fundo no Kawa o Watare
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MovieFeb 11, 1976

Kimi yo Fundo no Kawa o Watare

A tough police detective is …
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.
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1975
Bullet Train
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MovieJul 5, 1975

Bullet Train

Criminals plant a bomb on a high-speed train. It will explode …
Criminals plant a bomb on a high-speed train. It will explode when the train slows down, unless a ransom is paid.
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1974
The Yakuza
MovieDec 21, 1974

The Yakuza

The Yakuza is a 1974 neo-noir drama film directed by …
The Yakuza is a 1974 neo-noir drama film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Mitchum, Ken Takakura and Brian Keith. The screenplay by Paul Schrader and Robert Towne is from a story by Leonard Schrader. The film is about a retired American detective who returns to Japan after several years away in order to rescue his friend's daughter, kidnapped by gangsters. Following a lackluster initial release, the film has since gained a cult following.
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The Homeless
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MovieOct 9, 1974

The Homeless

The Homeless (無宿 Yadonashi) is a 1974 Japanese film …
The Homeless (無宿 Yadonashi) is a 1974 Japanese film directed by Kōichi Saitō. It is a remake of the French film The Last Adventure (1967).
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1973
Gorugo 13
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MovieDec 29, 1973

Gorugo 13

Golgo 13 is assigned to murder a man named Boss Goa.
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Gendai ninkyô-shi
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MovieOct 27, 1973

Gendai ninkyô-shi

Gendai ninkyô-shi released.
1971
Nihon yakuza-den: Sôchiyô e no michi
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MovieMar 6, 1971

Nihon yakuza-den: Sôchiyô e no michi

The Path of the King is a …
The Path of the King is a 1971 action crime film directed by Masahiro Makino.
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1970
Too Late the Hero
MovieMay 20, 1970

Too Late the Hero

A reluctant hero, American Lieutenant Sam Lawson, is …
A reluctant hero, American Lieutenant Sam Lawson, is secunded to a motley British unit tasked with destroying a Japanese radio on a Philippine island.
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1969
Nihon kyokaku-den: hana to ryu
MovieMay 31, 1969

Nihon kyokaku-den: hana to ryu

Nihon kyokaku-den: hana to …
Nihon kyokaku-den: hana to ryu is a 1969 film directed by Masahiro Makino.
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Hibotan bakuto: Hanafuda shôbu
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MovieFeb 1, 1969

Hibotan bakuto: Hanafuda shôbu

Red Peony Gambler: Flower …
Red Peony Gambler: Flower Cards Match is a film directed by Tai Kato.
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1968
Shin Abashiri Bangaichi
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MovieDec 28, 1968

Shin Abashiri Bangaichi

The Man from Abashiri Jail …
The Man from Abashiri Jail Strikes Again is a 1968 film written by Akira Murao and directed by Masahiro Makino.
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Hibotan bakuto
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MovieSep 14, 1968

Hibotan bakuto

Oryu (Fuji Junko) is invited to stay with a local yakuza boss of a …
Oryu (Fuji Junko) is invited to stay with a local yakuza boss of a silk farming town. When a rival gang murders the boss Oryu takes it upon herself to protect his business and family.
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The Drifting Avenger
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MovieJun 15, 1968

The Drifting Avenger

Ken, son of a former samurai settles with his family in the …
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. Marvin an experienced gunman befriends Ken and becomes his mentor.
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1967
Shôwa zankyô-den: Chizome no karajishi
MovieJul 8, 1967

Shôwa zankyô-den: Chizome no karajishi

Fourth film in the "Shôwa …
Fourth film in the "Shôwa Zankyôden" series. This expression means duty, obligations, and rules obeyed by gangsters and outlaws in the pre-Shôwa era.
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1965
Abashiri bangaichi: Hokkai hen
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MovieDec 31, 1965

Abashiri bangaichi: Hokkai hen

The inmate Takakura is set …
The inmate Takakura is set free and he takes a job to drive a truck through snowy Hokkaido.
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Shôwa zankyô-den
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MovieOct 1, 1965

Shôwa zankyô-den

After World War II, their town was a pile of rubble. Gennosuke, …
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. Taking advantage of the mess, Iwasa and his gang take hold of goods from the US military, black-market and controlled items in order to become the most powerful group in Enko area.
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Miyamoto Musashi V: Duel at Ganryu Island
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MovieSep 4, 1965

Miyamoto Musashi V: Duel at Ganryu Isl…

The fifth and final installment …
The fifth and final installment with the build up of the epic battle between Sasaki Kojiro and Miyamoto Musashi. With all the familiar characters making appearances: Otsu (Musashi's great love), Akemi, Matahachi (his former fellow soldier), old lady Osugi (still doggedly trying to defeat Musashi), and even the return of Priest Takuan (the man responsible for his journey towards enlightenment). But most of all, the boastful, long-haired and long-sworded Sasaki Kojiro.
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Abashiri Bangaichi
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MovieApr 18, 1965

Abashiri Bangaichi

Shinichi is a good guy serving three years and approaching the …
Shinichi is a good guy serving three years and approaching the end of his time. He escapes handcuffed to dangerous Gunda, who instigated the escape. Thus tethered, they start out on a journey across the desolate snow country of Hokkaido.
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A Fugitive from the Past
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MovieJan 15, 1965

A Fugitive from the Past

Three thieves escape from a …
Three thieves escape from a heist, one of them killing the other two. He is sheltered by a prostitute and sought after by the police, but only after ten years his true motivation unravels.
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1964
Narazumono
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MovieApr 5, 1964

Narazumono

A killer who only hits people who deserve it is tricked into …
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.
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Jakoman to Tetsu
MovieFeb 8, 1964

Jakoman to Tetsu

In a village subsisting on its herring fishery, a one-eyed criminal …
In a village subsisting on its herring fishery, a one-eyed criminal named Jakoman terrorizes the inhabitants. One of them, the son of the head of one of the fish companies by the name of Tetsu, decides to overthrow Jakoman and his cohorts.
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Miyamoto Musashi IV: Duel at Ichijyo-ji Temple
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MovieJan 1, 1964

Miyamoto Musashi IV: Duel at Ichijyo-ji T…

In the fourth installment, …
In the fourth installment, Musashi's potentially greatest opponent Kojiro jumps in and out of the story at the oddest and most coincidental moments. As his great love Otsu has succumbed to madness. Musashi then sets off to beat the functionaries of a treacherous clan in an arranged duel. 73 against one. Boastful Kojiro watches, secure in the knowledge that only he is a worthy opponent.
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1963
Miyamoto Musashi III: Birth of the Nito-ryu Style
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MovieAug 14, 1963

Miyamoto Musashi III: Birth of the Nito-ry…

In the third installment of …
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.
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Ankokugai saidai no kettô
MovieJul 13, 1963

Ankokugai saidai no kettô

Ankokugai saidai no kettô released.
Tokyo aantachibiru: dasso
MovieMar 15, 1963

Tokyo aantachibiru: dasso

Tokyo aantachibiru: dasso released.
1959
Chiemi Eri
Marriage1959

Chiemi Eri

Chiemi Eri (江利 チエミ, Eri Chiemi, January 11, 1937 – …
Chiemi Eri (江利 チエミ, Eri Chiemi, January 11, 1937 – February 13, 1982), was a Japanese popular singer and actress.
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1958
Mori to mizuumi no matsuri
MovieNov 26, 1958

Mori to mizuumi no matsuri

Mori to mizuumi no matsuri released.
1957
Jetto-ki shutsudo: Daihyakuichi kokukichi
TV ShowDec 15, 1957

Jetto-ki shutsudo: Daihyakuichi kokukichi

Jetto-ki shutsudo: Daihyakuichi kokukichi released.
The Deep Blue Sea
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MovieJul 30, 1957

The Deep Blue Sea

The Deep Blue Sea released.
1956
Denkô karate uchi
MovieJan 29, 1956

Denkô karate uchi

Denkô karate uchi released.
1931
Ken Takakura
BirthFebruary 1931

Ken Takakura

Ken Takakura was born.
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