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Ken Takakura is a Actor Japonais born on 16 february 1931 at Kitakyūshū (Japon)

Ken Takakura

Ken Takakura
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Birth name Goichi Oda
Nationality Japon
Birth 16 february 1931 at Kitakyūshū (Japon)
Death 10 november 2014 (at 83 years) at Tokyo (Japon)

Ken Takakura (高倉 健, Takakura Ken), born Goichi Oda (小田 剛一, Oda Gōichi, February 16, 1931 – November 10, 2014), was a Japanese actor best known for his brooding style and the stoic presence he brought to his roles. He won the Japan Academy Prize four times, more than any other actor.

Biography

Originaire de la région de Fukuoka, il entre en 1955 dans le monde du cinéma avec la seconde vague des jeunes espoirs de la Firme Tōei. À partir de 1964, il joue dans plusieurs séries sur l'histoire des chevaliers du Japon. En 1965, il participe à la période des films de yakuzas de la Firme Tōei et devient une star importante dans son pays.

Il tient, entre autres, les rôles principaux de Mont Hakkoda (Shirō Moritani - 1977), Shiawase no kiiroi hankachi – Les Mouchoirs jaunes du bonheur (Yōji Yamada - 1977), Fleurs d'hiver (Yasuo Furuhata - 1978), Dōran – Tumulte (Shirō Moritani - 1980), Eki / Station - La Gare (Yasuo Furuhata - 1981), Les Copains d'abord (Yasuo Furuhata - 1989), Hotaru - Le Chemin des lucioles (Yasuo Furuhata - 2001).

Il joue également dans plusieurs films internationaux dont Yakuza de Sydney Pollack, Black Rain de Ridley Scott et sa popularité est aussi grande aux États-Unis qu'en Asie où on le surnomme le « Clint Eastwood Japonais ». Il reçoit de nombreux prix, dont le prix d'interprétation masculine du Festival international de films de Montréal pour Poppoya (Le Cheminot) (Furuhata Yasuo – 1999).

Best films

Black Rain (1989)
(Actor)

Usually with

Kunie Tanaka
Kunie Tanaka
(7 films)
Tomu Uchida
Tomu Uchida
(4 films)
Hideji Ōtaki
Hideji Ōtaki
(6 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Ken Takakura (31 films)

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Actor

Dearest
Dearest (2012)

Directed by Yasuo Furuhata
Genres Drama
Actors Ken Takakura, Yūko Tanaka, Koichi Sato, Hideji Ōtaki, Kimiko Yo, Takeshi Kitano
Roles Eiji Shimakura
Rating69% 3.4799253.4799253.4799253.4799253.479925
The story follows the journey of a man travelling some 300 kilometres from Toyama City, Japan to his wife's hometown in Nagasaki Prefecture, in order to scatter her ashes into the sea. Along the way he travels through many famous locations (Osaka, the ruins of Takeda Castle, Shimonoseki City, the Kanmon Bridge, Moji-ku, Kitakyūshū, and Sasebo, Nagasaki), recalling experiences with his wife along the way. He also befriends and is assisted by numerous strangers.
Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad, 2h22
Directed by Jōji Matsuoka
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Romantic comedy
Actors Joe Odagiri, Ken Takakura, Kirin Kiki, Takako Matsu, Akira Emoto, Kaoru Kobayashi
Rating74% 3.7367153.7367153.7367153.7367153.736715
A young man who has inherited the irresponsible character of his father must care for his cancer-stricken mother when she moves in with him in Tokyo. Her wise and responsible nature causes him to reorganize his life.
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, 1h44
Directed by Zhang Yimou, Yasuo Furuhata
Genres Drama
Themes Films about children
Actors Ken Takakura, Shinobu Terajima, Kiichi Nakai, Jiang Wen
Roles Gou-ichi Takata
Rating73% 3.6977753.6977753.6977753.6977753.697775
Gouichi Takata (played by Ken Takakura) is an aged Japanese father who has not been in good terms with his son Kenichi (Kiichi Nakai) ever since his wife died many years ago. When he learns that his son has been hospitalised, Gouichi travels to Tokyo but Kenichi, still angry that his father left him for a remote fishing town in Japan's northern Akita province to escape the reality of his mother's death, refuses to see Gouichi. Kenichi's wife Rie (Shinobu Terajima) then gives her father-in-law a video tape made by Kenichi so that Gouichi may learn more about his son. The tape contains a footage of Li Jiamin, a Nuo opera artiste from a village in Yunnan province of China. In the recording, Li promised Kenichi to perform Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles for him if he returns the next year. Gouichi then decides to go to China in his sick son's place to film Li's performance.
Railroad Man, 1h52
Directed by Yasuo Furuhata
Origin Japon
Genres Drama
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films
Actors Ken Takakura, Shinobu Ōtake, Ryōko Hirosue, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Masanobu Ando, Tomoko Naraoka
Roles Otomatsu Sato
Rating72% 3.6384153.6384153.6384153.6384153.638415
A railway stationmaster at a dying end-of-the-line village in Hokkaido is haunted by memories of his dead wife and daughter. When the railroad line is scheduled to be closed, he is offered a job at a hotel, but he is emotionally unable to part with his career as a railroader. His life takes a turn when he meets a young woman with an interest in trains who resembles his daughter.
47 Ronin
47 Ronin (1994)
, 2h12
Directed by Kon Ichikawa
Genres Drama, Action
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films, Samurai films
Actors Ken Takakura, Kiichi Nakai, Rie Miyazawa, Kōji Ishizaka, Kōichi Iwaki, Ruriko Asaoka
Roles Kuranosuke Oishi
Rating65% 3.2507453.2507453.2507453.2507453.250745
The story of the Forty-seven Ronin has been depicted in many ways, with each version focusing the emphasis on different parts of the story—the rivalry of Lords Asano and Kira, Asano's assault on Kira, Asano's sentence of seppuku immediately afterward, and the revenge attack 21 months later against Kira by the Forty-seven Loyal Retainers. Oishi Kuranosuke, Asano's chamberlain and the head of the 47 samurai, is often the primary character, and his actions are often held up as the epitome of bushido, the honor code of the samurai.
Mr. Baseball, 1h48
Directed by Fred Schepisi
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Baseball films
Actors Tom Selleck, Ken Takakura, Dennis Haysbert, Kōsuke Toyohara, Jun Hamamura, Takanobu Hozumi
Roles Uchiyama
Rating60% 3.000233.000233.000233.000233.00023
Jack Elliot is an aging American baseball player unsuspectingly put on the trading block during Spring Training by the New York Yankees in favor of "rookie phenom" first baseman Ricky Davis (played by Hall of Famer Frank Thomas), and there's only one taker: the Nagoya Chunichi Dragons of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball.
Black Rain
Black Rain (1989)
, 2h
Directed by Ridley Scott
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Motocyclette, Yakuza films, Road movies, Chase films, Gangster films
Actors Michael Douglas, Andy García, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw, Yūsaku Matsuda, Tomisaburō Wakayama
Roles Masahiro
Rating66% 3.348823.348823.348823.348823.34882
Nick Conklin is a New York City police officer facing possible criminal charges; Internal Affairs believes Nick was involved with his partner who was caught taking criminal money in a corruption scandal. Nick is divorced from his wife, who has custody of their two children. Nick also has financial difficulties.
Buddies
Buddies (1989)
, 1h54
Directed by Yasuo Furuhata
Origin Japon
Genres Drama
Actors Ken Takakura, Sumiko Fuji, Yasuko Tomita, Claude Maki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Hideji Ōtaki
Roles Kadokura
Rating70% 3.507993.507993.507993.507993.50799
Japon, 1937. Suite à une mutation, Senkichi Mizuta, sa femme Tami et leur fille Satoko viennent vivre à Tokyo. Shūzō Kadokura leur a trouvé une coquette maison et se démène pour leur rendre leur arrivée la plus agréable possible. Kadokura et Mizuta sont amis depuis qu'ils ont combattu côte à côte lors de la Première guerre mondiale. Kadokura est à la tête d'une entreprise de fournitures pour l'armée et voue un amour platonique à Tami.
Antarctica
Antarctica (1983)
, 2h25
Directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Thriller, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Ken Takakura, Tsunehiko Watase, Eiji Okada, Sō Yamamura, Masako Natsume, Keiko Oginome
Roles Ushioda
Rating77% 3.883593.883593.883593.883593.88359
In February 1958, the Second Cross-Winter Expedition for the Japanese Antarctic Surveying Team rides on the icebreaker Sōya to take over from the 11-man First Cross-Winter Expedition. Due to the extreme weather conditions in Antarctica, Sōya can not get near enough to the Showa Base and they decide not to proceed with the stay-over.
Choji Snack Bar, 2h5
Directed by Yasuo Furuhata
Origin Japon
Genres Drama
Actors Ken Takakura, Jūzō Itami, Reiko Ōhara, Kunie Tanaka, Takako Katō, Mitsuru Hirata
Roles Eiji
Rating62% 3.1479953.1479953.1479953.1479953.147995
Eiji Fujino, dit Chōji, est marié et a deux enfants. Il tient près du port de Hakodate une modeste taverne, où amis et habitants du quartier viennent boire et se restaurer. Chōji, ancien cadre de la compagnie de construction navale, est un homme placide et taciturne qui semble se satisfaire de sa situation et de la vie qu'il mène. Mais son passé le rattrape lorsque Sayo, son ancien amour de jeunesse, mets le feu à sa propre maison et s'enfuit de Hakodate.
Station
Station (1981)
, 2h12
Directed by Yasuo Furuhata
Genres Drama
Actors Ken Takakura, Chieko Baishō, Ayumi Ishida, Akihiko Hirata, Yu Fujiki, Ryō Ikebe
Roles Eiji Mikami
Rating68% 3.417993.417993.417993.417993.41799
L'inspecteur Mikami a souvent été décoré pour ses exploits. Mais cet homme au-dessus de la vulgarité du monde ne peut s'empêcher de ressentir la même solitude que ceux qu'il a inculpés.
A Distant Cry from Spring, 2h4
Directed by Yōji Yamada
Origin Japon
Genres Drama
Actors Ken Takakura, Chieko Baishō, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Mizuho Suzuki, Masanori Hata
Roles Kosaku Tajima
Rating76% 3.8220753.8220753.8220753.8220753.822075
Un soir de pluie, dans une ferme du Japon tenue par une femme et son jeune fils, un inconnu fait irruption.
Never Give Up
Directed by Jun'ya Satō
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Actors Ken Takakura, Hajime Hana, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Rentarō Mikuni, Joe Yamanaka, Takahiro Tamura
Roles Takeshi Ajisawa
Rating62% 3.1476053.1476053.1476053.1476053.147605
A girl survives a massacre of villagers by Japanese soldiers in a remote mountain village.
Winter's Flower, 2h1
Directed by Yasuo Furuhata
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Yakuza films
Actors Ken Takakura, Kunie Tanaka, Kin'ya Kitaōji, Susumu Fujita, Isao Natsuyagi, Asao Koike
Roles Hidetsugu Kano
Rating69% 3.4952353.4952353.4952353.4952353.495235
Hideji Kanno, membre d'un clan yakuza de Yokohama sort de prison après avoir purgé une peine de quinze années d'emprisonnement pour le meurtre de Matsuoka qui avait trahi leur boss. Matuoka avait une fille de trois ans, Yōko, au moment des faits et Hideji s'est assuré par l'intermédiaire de son ami Kōkichi Minami que cette dernière ne manque de rien et suive une éducation de jeune fille normale. Yōko ignore tout de l'implication de Hideji dans la mort de son père et elle pense que son bienfaiteur est un oncle vivant à l'étranger.
Mount Hakkoda, 2h49
Directed by Shirō Moritani
Origin Japon
Genres Drama
Actors Ken Takakura, Kin'ya Kitaōji, Rentarō Mikuni, Hideji Ōtaki, Tetsurō Tanba, Shōgo Shimada
Roles Captain Tokushima
Rating69% 3.4627053.4627053.4627053.4627053.462705
En 1902, au Japon, une compagnie de soldats japonais, commandée par le colonel Nakabayashi, entreprend une traversée des Monts Hakkoda. Malgré l'apparition d'une importante tempête de neige, les officiers décident de continuer le voyage. La quasi-totalité des hommes périront de froid ou d'épuisement.