Ken Takakura (高倉健) is one of the biggest actors in Japan. When he was younger, he featured in many Yakuza (Japanese mob) movies, and he played as this cool Japanese mafia man for many years. The movie, "Black rain" opened the door for Ken Takakura to play a different kind of role, and he spoke both English and Japanese. A few years after the movie, "Black rain" came out, Ken Takakura featured in a movie called, "Mr. Baseball" as a Japanese baseball manager. Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Yakuza (from Japanese ããã or ã¤ã¯ã¶), also known as gokudÅ, are members of traditional organized crime groups in Japan. ...
Takakura has often been called Japan's Clint Eastwood, and their on-screen personae do share a lot in common: Their rugged looks, the air of mystery surrounding them and the violence that follows wherever they go.
Takakura first came to the attention of Western audiences in 1975, starring alongside Robert Mitchum in Sidney Pollack's highly watchable epic The Yakuza.
Takakura played a hit man who turns against his employers to avenge his family, and his brooding screen presence helped turn an already fine movie into something of a cult favorite.
Takakura's continuing appearances in TV commercials are proof of his lasting appeal.
Takakura's image belies the fact that, unlike fellow '60s yakuza star Tsuruta Koji, he graduated from the prestigious Meiji University and was a virtual teetotaller.
TakakuraKen first appeared on the Hollywood radar in 1975, starring - very much to type, as a yakuza hitman - with Robert Mitchum in Sidney Pollack's cult classic The Yakuza and he has since held his own on screen with Michael Douglas and Tom Selleck.
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