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 and singer who appeared in over 200 films. Affectionately referred to as "Ken-san" by audiences, he was best known for his brooding style and the stoic presence he brought to his roles. He won the Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role four times, more than any other actor. Takakura additionally received the Japanese Medal of Honor with purple ribbon in 1998, the Person of Cultural Merit award in 2006, and the Order of Culture in 2013.
Movies & TV shows
After his wife's death, a prison officer hands in his resignation and goes to the port to scatter her ashes. Eiji is a prison officer in Hokuriku. Eiji's wife died at the age of 53. Eiji received a le...
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
Takada, a Japanese fisherman has been estranged from his son for many years, but when he is diagnosed with terminal cancer his daughter-in-law summons him to the hospital. He is closer to himself and ...
Ken Takakura is a Japanese film icon who has starred in over 100 films. Hideji Yamaoka was a suicide pilot who survived the war. Yamaoka used to work as a fisherman in Kumamoto, a provincial seaside c...
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 was to be closed, he was offered a job at a hotel, b...
Keiji hebi ni yokogirareru
Starring Ken Takakura, this TV special depicts a detective (Akira Hayasaka) who lives in a harsh life with pride and conviction. Minoru Akiba, Chief of the Investigation Division 1 of the Metropolita...
A one-time Most Valuable Player for the New York Yankees is now on the down side of his baseball career. Can the manager of the Chunichi Dragons find a good year in him if he has one left?
Even while having tremendous technology, now have a funeral shop walk picking up the car was retired in the desert Honma (Ken Takakura) is invited from the team DANKAI which declined to Paris-Dakar Ra...
A soldier tries to stop his sister from being sold into prostitution. Miyagi tried to save his sister. Kaoru was saved from committing suicide after he was found working as a geisha. Miyagi allows her...
A Distant Cry from Spring
The quiet life of a mother and her young son living on a farm in Hokkaido is changed by the arrival of a man who ignites flames of romance in the heart of the mother and shows her boy the importance o...
Never Give Up
Special forces officer Ajisawa leaves his paramilitary group to take care of his newly-adopted daughter, Yoriko: the sole survival of a bloodbath for which he is responsible. Years later, Ajisawa is f...
Kanno is a subgroup of the Yakuza. He had to kill Matsuoka. Youko is a child of Matsuoka and Kanno. Before he gave himself to the police, he asked his trusted man to take care of her. Kanno pretended ...
The Bullet Train
A bomb will explode if the train slows below 80 km/h. The police are learning how to disarm a bomb.
Path of Japanese Chivalry: Story of All-Out Attack
Toei studios last ninkyo eiga of the 70's.
The International Gang of Kobe
In 1947, in Kobe, Japan, a local street gang fights for their survival when its turf is overrun by United States occupation forces and international gangs.
A group of prisoners attempts to break the Abashiri prison. This film can be considered a sequel to the Abashiri Bangaichi series, written and directed by Ishii Teruo. The friendship between two men ...
Third Generation Boss
Based on Kazuo Taoka's autobiography, this film follows a Kobe gangster as he builds the small Yamaguchi-gumi into Japan's largest criminal clan.
In order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter, Harry returns to Japan and ends up on the wrong side of the Japanese Mafia.
The homeless is a story. Two inmates are released from jail at the same time and end up in the same brothel. They meet a would-be prostitution with serious problems with the yakuza. They help her esca...
Japan's Top Gangster
A boy born in a poor village in Tokushima spends his days idly until a chance meeting sets him on the road to becoming boss of Japan's largest gang.
There is a live-action adaptation of a comic book. Golgo 13 is a professional assassin. There is no consensus on his true identity in the intelligence community. He uses a gun. The head of a worldwide...
Lullaby for a Tough Guy
A ruffian joins the ranks of the emperor’s guards.
When the successor to Soke was selected, there was a conflict between the Kitakyushu and Wakamatsu.
The Kanto Scarlet Cherry Gang
The Ni Family is a group of firefighters. When their leader dies, Tsuruji becomes the boss. Will she be able to stop the gang from taking over the area?
Contemporary Tales of Chivalry: The Traitor Shall Die
The last film in the series.
The Path of the King
When the leader of the yakuza gang decides to retire, many of the gang members have no faith in the young man he has chosen to replace him. There is a fight going on.
Patience Has An End
A young coal miner leaves Kyushu in search of a better job in Tokyo and ends up in the life of a yakuza.
A dramatic captivating tale tells of widowed Tei (Junko Fuji), she has become a coalmine operator and is determined to be successful despite mining being a predominantly male domain. Overcoming the na...
New Prison Walls of Abashiri: Stormy Cape
Katsuji was in prison and was involved in horse gambling.
Contemporary Tales of Chivalry: Forbidden Love
There is a story about a lone wolf.
The Last Kamikaze
Japanese military leaders increase suicide attacks on Allied ships after World War II. The leader of the Kamikaze squad had second thoughts about suicide runs. When he has to deal with a pilot who won...
Brave Red Flower of the North
An exciting tale of action on the distant northern island of Hokkaido around the beginning of the 20th Century starring two of the biggest names in Yakuza film history, Fuji Junko and Takakura Ken. Si...
The Japan Derby Race
A story about a man who stakes his life on horse racing.
New Prison Walls of Abashiri: High Stakes at Abashiri
Prisoner Katsuji must fend for himself and his prison mates in the fierce battle involving a family feud.
A Hoodlum At The Risk Of His Life
A reporter is framed for murder while investigating organized crime. Upon being released from prison the plan for his revenge unravels.
The Domain: Rising Dragon
The name of the domain is Rising Dragon.
Too Late the Hero
A film is about a Pacific island. The island is occupied by Japanese and allied forces. When a group of British soldiers are sent on a mission, things don't go as planned. Some of the 'heroes' are ver...
House of Gamblers
Ken Takakura stars as Ryoji one of the Aramasa family's loyal lieutenants whao takes the burden of his family being insulted by the Tanuma's family goons, by retaliating on his own. After injuring the...
Brutal Tales of Chivalry 7: Hell Is a Man's Destiny
Shujiro Hanada went to prison after he slashed a few other players. The world has changed since he was released. The Great Kanto Earthquake claimed the lives of his father and sister. Jukichi invited ...
A yakuza member embarks on a trail of revenge for his murdered boss. Senzo, the successor of the Mita Family, searches for the man bearing a tattoo of a dragon who is said to be responsible for the de...
Red Peony Gambler: Flower Cards Game
The happiness and sadness of Red Peony Oryu's life is depicted in the third chapter of the Red Peony Gambler saga. This story takes place in the middle of the Meiji era. Oryu wants to regain her famil...
New Prison Walls of Abashiri: The Vagrant Comes to a Port Town
Katsuji takes revenge on evil Tamaru who forcefully took control of the fishery business run by Katsuji’s friend.
The Biggest Gamble
When Honjo is selected as Kansai district's chairman, Iwasa of the rival gang asks Itsuki to do everything possible to have Honjo step down, which puts Itsuki between a rock and a hard place.
Red Peony Gambler: Second Generation Ceremony
The introduction of the railroad system brought about the industrual revolution. Construction workers and boatmen fought. The second generation leader of theYano Family is Oryu the Red Peony. The cere...
Brothers Serving Time
There is a big boss in the prison hierarchy. After the initial conflict, they became brothers. Before their prison time, the sworn brothers he acquires were just ruffians. Prison introduces them to a ...
Memoir of Japanese Assassinations
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, assassins changed the course of Japanese history.
A gang is scheming to steal a lucrative coal business from struggling miners during the turbulent Meiji Era. The movie has a stellar cast, thrilling story and Takakura Ken's violent swordplay.
New Prison Walls of Abashiri 2
Suehiro Katsuji is sent to Shikoku to work and there is a turf battle between a local gang and the dock operator.
Brutal Tales of Chivalry 6
There are six films in the series.
Brutal Tales of Chivalry 5: Man With The Karajishi Tattoo
The fifth in a powerful series looks at honor, brutality and duty. Hidejuro killed the boss of a rival family. He is taken in by a company of quarry workers, whose boss has a strict code of non-violen...
The early years of the Showa era were set in a historical film.
The Day the Sun Rose
Shinkichi, a peasant employed as a cloth-dyer, has a dream: in the midst of the civil war which ravages Japan, he hopes to revive the long-banned custom of the Kyoto Gion Festival, and by doing so, br...
Histories of the Chivalrous
A Kansai gang is up to conquer the whole country under the mask of a patriotic group. However after an assassination their henchmen will struggle to avenge the death of their master.
The Domain: Severed Relations
The Domain: Severed Relations
Red Peony Gambler
Ryuko was raised by her father, a gambler named Senzo Yano in Kumamoto, Kyushu, after her mother died when she was little. When she turned 18 years old, her father was attacked and killed by a strange...
The Drifting Avenger
The son of a former samurai settled in the west with his family. He wants to get revenge after his family is killed. Ken becomes Marvin's mentor.
New Prison Walls of Abashiri
Suehiro Katsuji fought gangs and Chinese merchants during the post-war period.
Hishakaku and Kiratsune: A Tale of Two Yakuza
Uchida's last film was Theatre of Life. At a time when the samurai genre had overtaken the yakuza as Toei's main cash crop, Goro Tanada wrote a gangsterized adaptation of Ozaki's story for Uchida. His...
A fight is taking place over the ownership of a bicycle race track.
The Domain: Where The Blade Enters
The Domain: Where The Blade Enters
The Domain: White Blade
The Domain: White Blade
In World War II, students were trained to become Kamikaze pilots.
A Story from Abashiri Prison—Duel in Snow Storm
The son avenges his father's death.
The Chivalrous Life
A former military man is helping the leader of a yakuza group defend themselves against other gangs.
Contemporary Tales of Chivalry 4
His business was sabotaged by the rival clan of Shujiro.
Showdown of Men
The Domain: Kanda Festival Showdown
The Domain: Kanda Festival Showdown
The Domain: Duel at Thunder Gate
The life of entertainers in Asakusa’s pleasure quarters. An exciting yakuza story with superb action.
The Bullet and the Horse
A number of recently released prisoners become involved in a racket with a rancher who is a rival to a neighboring land owner and wants to use the convicts to seize his ranch. The rancher didn't know ...
Takida is the leader of the Yamazaki family. When he battles violent elements in southern Japan, there is no tomorrow.
Contemporary Tales of Chivalry 2
Hidejiro has a tattoo. The boss of the rival Sakaki Family was killed by the Soda Family. Hidejiro wants to avenge the Soda's attack on the Sakaki.
The Kamikaze Guy
A criminal tango is based on treasure found during WWII.
Contemporary Tales of Chivalry: The Lone Wolf
The families of the yakiuza are at odds.
Brutal Tales of Chivalry
There was a pile of rubble after World War II. The Kamizu Group kept black-market and illegal items out of their open-air market. In order to become the most powerful group in the Enko area, Iwasa and...
The Domain: The Naniwa Story
Second film of Makino's Nihon Kyokakuden series set in Osaka's harbor. The series also known as "The Domain" Each a stand alone film in it's own, none are connected other than starring the famous Ken ...
The Domain: Kanto Legends of Chivalry
Third part of Nihon Kyokakuden series is set in Kanto in 1924. Ken Takakura playing a ship's mate befriending fish shop owners harassed by yakuza.
A Fugitive from the Past
Three people are in a robbery and one of them shoots the other two. The corpses wash up near a policeman's attention.
Abashiri Prison is in Japan. If they are to escape capture in the harsh climates of this country, they must work together.
Miyamoto Musashi V: Musashi vs Kojiro
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...
Prison Walls of Abashiri, Part 2
Two people just released from prison find a green bauble filled with diamonds and try to prove they didn't steal it.
Prison Walls of Abashiri 3
Tachibana Shinichi must return to Nagasaki in order to repay his debt after being released from prison. He was sent to prison by a rival gang. They were taken on by Tachibana because of their constant...
Prison Walls of Abashiri 4
A story of friendship is set in Hokkaido. Shinichi wants to make some money so that he can bail his friend out of jail.
Many outlaws are gathered at the front line of the Japanese Army in a shock troop.
Miyamoto Musashi: The Duel at Ichijo Temple
At the oddest and most coincidental moments, Musashi's potentially greatest opponent, Kojiro, jumps in and out of the story. Otsu succumbed to madness. Musashi is going to beat the functionaries of th...
Jakoman and Tetsu
A criminal named Jakoman is scaring people. Jakoman and his associates were overthrown by the son of the head of one of the fish companies.
The feud between the two delivery companies heated up when the head of Kibamasa fell ill.
Wolves, Pigs & Men
Sabu and his pals hold a pauper's funeral for Sabu's mother. His brother Jiro arrives home, fresh out of jail, and Sabu pointedly states that Jiro is not invited. Jiro meanwhile is planning a big job ...
In order to avenge the man who trapped him into a complicated drug deal, assassin Nanjo went on a solitary mission.
The Big Boss
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Life of Hishakaku
After eloping with Otoyo, Hishakaku took refuge in the Kogane family's turf. When he was indebted to Boss Kogane, Hishakakus swore to protect them. Hishakaku's life came to a halt when the Kogane fami...
Miyamoto Musashi: Birth of Two Sword Style
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-riva...
Gang Loyalty and Vengeance
A modern gang version of Chushingura, chronicling almost scene for scene the Brave 47 Ronin story, transposed from the Genroku Period to the Showa Era.
Lady Sen and Hideyori
Princess Sen and Hideyori
A touching drama about a love triangle between a young architect, Koroku, and two women, Ranko and Teruko. Ranko comes from a wealthy family and is offering to repay Koroku’s family debts in exchange ...
Film about the 2-26 Incident.
Song of Kagoshima
Yumemi, the president of Shirayuri Tours, visits Kagoshima in an attempt to save the contract with Satsuma Inn. After learning about the abrupt cancellation of the contract with the family-run Satsuma...
Tales of President Mito
Mr. Mito, a former president of an instant food company, with two young men's help, solved the quality problems and won a big ramen contract with a large Chinese company.
The Prickly Mouthed Geisha and the Girl of Osaka
A geisha is helping a runaway.
A man is planning a casino robbery with his wife and mother-in-law. They met a man named Tsuneda who was planning a robbery and agreed to work together.
A Fishwife's Tale
The popular daughter of the fish market owner is played by Hibari Misora. She sets out to help her biological father who has fallen victim to an evil plot orchestrated by those who would take over his...
Feisty Edo Girl Nakanori-san
The daughter is trying to protect her business.
The Prickly-Mouthed Geisha Goes to Sado
Japanese comedy film.
Devil's Nursery Rhyme
The novel was adapted by Toei.
The Prickly Mouthed Geisha, Part 4
A comedy about a high-spirited geisha who is at risk of being trapped in a conspiracy to take over a lucrative diamond mine business.
Flower, Storm and Gangster
A group of bank robbers plan a big robbery, but they all plan to betray each other for different reasons.
The Second Bullet is Marked
Ken and Tsunokichi face off against each other.
Outlaw Under a Blue Canopy
Sheriff Goro went undercover to investigate drug traffickers.
The Prickly Mouthed Geisha, Part 3
According to popular geisha, Yusaku, a handsome stranger she falls in love with, is involved in a robbery.
The Sand City in Manchuria
When the plague threatens a small town in Manchuria, a young doctor finds himself struggling to save the lives of his townspeople.
The Great Road
The story of a certain engineer from his youth until he retired from the Japanese National Railways after the war .
Man of the World
An upstanding young man who is popular with the ladies takes on a corrupt group of men in his company.
Man of the World 2
The adventure was filled with love and conspiracy.
The Prickly Mouthed Geisha Part 2
A young geisha wants to bring her grandmother's restaurant business back to life.
Beyond the Seasonal Wind
A Japanese film.
Sister with Sister
She finds new life and love interests when she starts working as an office worker.
Man of Thirteen Eyes
Japanese mystery film.
No Advice Taken
A comical love story between two college students — Hitomi, a strong-willed girl, and Shogo, a handsome, earnest and poverty stricken man.
There is a drama about the relationship between Japanese immigrants and the Ainu on Hokkaido. Taijun wrote a novel.
With Songs in My Heart
Sayuri, a young woman who was born on a farm, moved to Tokyo to pursue her dream of becoming a singer.
A friendly rivalry turns into romance for an elite female detective and a handsome private eye as they investigate a missing person's case from a wealthy family.
The love between young college students Toki and the handsome Takaga is tested when Takaya's parents, who despise Toki's family's geisha house business, intervenes in their relationship.
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