Takeichi Oda

Takakura Ken

  • Name: Takakura Ken
  • Native name: 高倉健
  • Given name: Oda Goichi
  • Also Known as: たかくら けん, おだ たけいち, 小田剛一
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: February 16, 1931
  • Died: November 10, 2014
Takakura Ken 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.

After graduating from Meiji University in Tokyo, Takakura attended an audition on impulse in 1955 at the Toei Film Company while applying for a managerial position. Toei found a natural in Takakura as he debuted with Denko Karate Uchi (Lightning Karate Blow) in 1956. In 1959 he married singer Chiemi Eri, but divorced in 1971. His breakout role would be in the 1965 film Abashiri Prison, and its sequel Abashiri Bangaichi: Bokyohen (Abashiri Prison: Longing for Home, also 1965), in which he played an ex-con antihero. By the time Takakura left Toei in 1976, he had appeared in over 180 films.

He gained international recognition after starring in the 1970 war film Too Late the Hero as the cunning Imperial Japanese Major Yamaguchi, the 1974 Sydney Pollack sleeper hit The Yakuza with Robert Mitchum, and is probably best known in the West for his role in Ridley Scott's Black Rain (1989) where he surprises American cops played by Michael Douglas and Andy García with the line, "I do speak fucking English". He again appeared to Western audiences with the 1992 Fred Schepisi comedy Mr. Baseball starring Tom Selleck.

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Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
1977 Aniki
Japanese Drama, 1977, 13 eps
Eiji (Main Role)
13
Eiji
Main Role
5.0
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2012 Dearest
Japanese Movie, 2012,
Kurashima Eiji (Main Role)
Kurashima Eiji
Main Role
7.3
2005 Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
Chinese Movie, 2005,
Gouichi Takata (Main Role)
Main Role
7.6
2001 The Firefly
Japanese Movie, 2001,
Shuji Yamaoka (Main Role)
Main Role
8.0
1999 Railroad Man
Japanese Movie, 1999,
Otomatsu Sato (Main Role)
Main Role
7.7
1994 47 Ronin
Japanese Movie, 1994,
Kuranosuke Oishi (Main Role)
Main Role
7.4
1989 Buddies
Japanese Movie, 1989,
Kadokura (Main Role)
Kadokura
Main Role
2.0
1988 See You
Japanese Movie, 1988,
Homma Eiji (Main Role)
Homma Eiji
Main Role
1.0
1985 Yasha
Japanese Movie, 1985,
Shuji (Main Role)
Shuji
Main Role
6.8
1983 Choji Snack Bar
Japanese Movie, 1983,
Fujino Eiji (Main Role)
Fujino Eiji
Main Role
6.4
1983 Antarctica
Japanese Movie, 1983,
Ushioda Akira (Main Role)
Ushioda Akira
Main Role
7.9
1982 The Longest Tunnel
Japanese Movie, 1982,
Akutsu Go (Main Role)
Akutsu Go
Main Role
5.0
1982 Keiji Monogatari
Japanese Movie, 1982,
Detective Mikami Eiji (Support Role)
Detective Mikami Eiji
Support Role
4.0
1981 Station
Japanese Movie, 1981,
Eiji Mikami (Main Role)
Main Role
7.2
1980 A Distant Cry from Spring
Japanese Movie, 1980,
Tajima Kosaku (Main Role)
Tajima Kosaku
Main Role
7.6
1980 Doran
Japanese Movie, 1980,
Keisuke Miyagi (Main Role)
Main Role
8.0
1978 Never Give Up
Japanese Movie, 1978,
Ajisawa Takeshi (Main Role)
Ajisawa Takeshi
Main Role
6.0
1978 Winter's Flower
Japanese Movie, 1978,
Kano Hidetsugu (Main Role)
Kano Hidetsugu
Main Role
7.9
1977 Shiawase no Kiiroi Hankachi
Japanese Movie, 1977,
Shima Yusaku (Main Role)
Main Role
7.9
1977 Mount Hakkoda
Japanese Movie, 1977,
Captain Tokushima (Main Role)
Captain Tokushima
Main Role
7.4
1976 Kimi yo Fundo no Kawa o Watare
Japanese Movie, 1976,
Morioka (Main Role)
Main Role
6.4
1976 Outlaw Cop
Japanese Movie, 1976,
(Unknown)
Unknown
3.0
1975 International Gangs of Kobe
Japanese Movie, 1975,
Masato Dan (Main Role)
Masato Dan
Main Role
6.4
1975 The Bullet Train
Japanese Movie, 1975,
Tetsuo Okita (Main Role)
Main Role
7.6
1975 Dai Datsugoku
Japanese Movie, 1975,
Ichiro Kozue (Main Role)
Ichiro Kozue
Main Role
0.0
1975 Roads for Honor
Japanese Movie, 1975,
Tatsuzaki Ichizo (Main Role)
Tatsuzaki Ichizo
Main Role
0.0
1974 The Homeless
Japanese Movie, 1974,
(Support Role)
Support Role
8.0
1973 Golgo 13
Japanese Movie, 1973,
Golgo 13 (Main Role)
Main Role
7.0
1973 Gendai Ninkyoshi
Japanese Movie, 1973,
Shimatani Ryoichi (Main Role)
Shimatani Ryoichi
Main Role
0.0
1973 Japan’s Top Gangster
Japanese Movie, 1973,
Taoka Isao (Main Role)
Taoka Isao
Main Role
0.0
1972 Bakuchiuchi Gaiden
Japanese Movie, 1972,
Hanai Eiji (Main Role)
Main Role
1.0
1972 Bokyo Komoriuta
Japanese Movie, 1972,
Tagawa (Main Role)
Tagawa
Main Role
0.0
1972 Cherry Blossom Fire Gang
Japanese Movie, 1972,
(Main Role)
Main Role
8.0
1972 Brutal Tales of Chivalry 9
Japanese Movie, 1972,
Hanada Hidejiro (Main Role)
Hanada Hidejiro
Main Role
2.0
1971 Brutal Tales of Chivalry 7
Japanese Movie, 1971,
(Main Role)
Main Role
2.0
1971 Shin Abashiri Bangaichi Arashi o Yobu Shiretokomisaki
Japanese Movie, 1971,
Suehiro Katsuji (Main Role)
Suehiro Katsuji
Main Role
0.0
1971 Gorotsuki Mushuku
Japanese Movie, 1971,
Takeda Isamu (Main Role)
Takeda Isamu
Main Role
0.0
1971 Bloodiest Flower
Japanese Movie, 1971,
(Unknown)
Unknown
0.0
1970 Saigo no Tokkotai
Japanese Movie, 1970,
(Main Role)
Main Role
6.5
1970 Brutal Tales of Chivalry 8
Japanese Movie, 1970,
(Main Role)
Main Role
3.0
1970 Brave Red Flower of the North
Japanese Movie, 1970,
(Unknown)
Unknown
0.0
1969 Brutal Tales of Chivalry 6
Japanese Movie, 1969,
(Main Role)
Main Role
0.0
1969 Memoir of Japanese Assassinations
Japanese Movie, 1969,
{Aizawa Incident} Aizawa Saburo (Main Role)
{Aizawa Incident} Aizawa Saburo
Main Role
0.0
1969 Samurai Geisha
Japanese Movie, 1969,
Shimada Seikichi (Main Role)
Main Role
7.4
1969 Ruthless Gambler
Japanese Movie, 1969,
(Unknown)
Unknown
2.0
1969 Sengo Saidai no Toba
Japanese Movie, 1969,
(Main Role)
Main Role
0.0
1969 Red Peony Gambler 4: Second Generation Ceremony
Japanese Movie, 1969,
Hanaoka Shogo (Main Role)
Main Role
7.0
1969 Brutal Tales of Chivalry 5
Japanese Movie, 1969,
(Main Role)
Main Role
7.0
1969 Red Peony Gambler 3: The Flower Cards Game
Japanese Movie, 1969,
Hanaoka Shogo (Main Role)
Hanaoka Shogo
Main Role
7.0
1968 Red Peony Gambler 1
Japanese Movie, 1968,
Hanaoka Shogo (Main Role)
Hanaoka Shogo
Main Role
7.0
1968 Gokuchu no Kaoyaku
Japanese Movie, 1968,
(Unknown)
Unknown
6.5
1967 Brutal Tales of Chivalry 4
Japanese Movie, 1967,
(Main Role)
Main Role
2.0
1966 Glorious Fights
Japanese Movie, 1966,
Takita Ichiro (Main Role)
Takita Ichiro
Main Role
6.5
1966 Brutal Tales of Chivalry 3
Japanese Movie, 1966,
(Main Role)
Main Role
4.0
1966 Showdown of Men
Japanese Movie, 1966,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
1966 Brutal Tales of Chivalry 2
Japanese Movie, 1966,
(Main Role)
Main Role
7.0
1965 Brutal Tales of Chivalry 1
Japanese Movie, 1965,
Gennosuke (Main Role)
Main Role
7.7
1965 Miyamoto Musashi: Duel at Ganryu Island
Japanese Movie, 1965,
Sasaki Kojiro (Support Role)
Sasaki Kojiro
Support Role
7.2
1965 Abashiri Prison
Japanese Movie, 1965,
Tsukibana Shinichi (Main Role)
Main Role
7.7
1965 A Fugitive from the Past
Japanese Movie, 1965,
Detective Ajimura (Support Role)
Detective Ajimura
Support Role
7.4
1964 Wolves, Pigs & Men
Japanese Movie, 1964,
Kuroki Jiro (Main Role)
Kuroki Jiro
Main Role
6.8
1964 The Domain
Japanese Movie, 1964,
(Main Role)
Main Role
0.0
1964 Narazumono
Japanese Movie, 1964,
Nanjo (Main Role)
Nanjo
Main Role
0.0
1964 Jakoman to Tetsu
Japanese Movie, 1964,
Tetsu (Main Role)
Tetsu
Main Role
0.0
1964 Miyamoto Musashi: The Duel at Ichijo Temple
Japanese Movie, 1964,
Sasaki Kojiro (Support Role)
Sasaki Kojiro
Support Role
7.1
1963 Devil's Prosecutor
Japanese Movie, 1963,
Nogami Eiichi (Main Role)
Nogami Eiichi
Main Role
0.0
1963 Miyamoto Musashi: Birth of Two Sword Style
Japanese Movie, 1963,
Sasaki Kojiro (Support Role)
Sasaki Kojiro
Support Role
6.9
1963 Theater of Life: Hishakaku
Japanese Movie, 1963,
Ken (Main Role)
Ken
Main Role
8.0
1962 Tokyo Untouchable
Japanese Movie, 1962,
Harada Yoshio (Main Role)
Harada Yoshio
Main Role
6.0
1962 Ankoku-gai saigo no hi
Japanese Movie, 1962,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
1962 The Escape
Japanese Movie, 1962,
Sergeant Major Komiya (Main Role)
Sergeant Major Komiya
Main Role
0.0
1962 Lady Sen and Hideyori
Japanese Movie, 1962,
Naomori (Support Role)
Naomori
Support Role
8.0
1961 Akuma no Temari Uta
Japanese Movie, 1961,
Kindaichi Kosuke (Main Role)
Kindaichi Kosuke
Main Role
0.0
1961 Feisty Edo Girl Nakanori-san
Japanese Movie, 1961,
(Main Role)
Main Role
0.0
1961 Tenka no Kaidanji Senpu Taro
Japanese Movie, 1961,
Senpu Taro/"Whirlwind Taro" (Main Role)
Senpu Taro/"Whirlwind Taro"
Main Role
0.0
1960 Nagurikomi Kantai
Japanese Movie, 1960,
(Main Role)
Main Role
0.0
1960 Count on Me
Japanese Movie, 1960,
(Main Role)
Main Role
2.0
1960 The Sand City in Manchuria
Japanese Movie, 1960,
Ryo (Support Role)
Ryo
Support Role
0.0
1960 Tenka no Kaidanji - Tosshin Taro
Japanese Movie, 1960,
Tosshin Taro (Main Role)
Tosshin Taro
Main Role
2.0
1960 Ohzora no Muhomono
Japanese Movie, 1960,
(Main Role)
Main Role
2.0
1960 Great Journey
Japanese Movie, 1960,
[Second Son Shizuo] (Support Role)
[Second Son Shizuo]
Support Role
0.0
1960 The Prickly Mouthed Geisha 2
Japanese Movie, 1960,
(Main Role)
Main Role
0.0
1960 Tenka no Kaidanji - Mannen Taro
Japanese Movie, 1960,
Mannen Taro (Main Role)
Mannen Taro
Main Role
4.0
1959 The Counterfeiters
Japanese Movie, 1959,
Ashizawa Ryohei (Main Role)
Ashizawa Ryohei
Main Role
0.0
1959 The Silent Murder
Japanese Movie, 1959,
(Main Role)
Main Role
0.0
1959 A Dead Drifter
Japanese Movie, 1959,
Yamanaka (Support Role)
Yamanaka
Support Role
0.0
1958 The Ideal Girl
Japanese Movie, 1958,
(Main Role)
Main Role
0.0
1958 The Outsiders
Japanese Movie, 1958,
Kazamori Ichitaro / "Byakki" (Main Role)
Kazamori Ichitaro / "Byakki"
Main Role
6.0
1958 With Songs in My Heart
Japanese Movie, 1958,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
1957 The Deep Blue Sea
Japanese Movie, 1957,
Kenji Hamada (Main Role)
Kenji Hamada
Main Role
0.0
1957 Employee Full of Fight
Japanese Movie, 1957,
(Main Role)
Main Role
4.0
Special
Year Title # Role Rating
1993 Korekara Umibe no Tabibito Tachi
Japanese Special, 1993, 1 eps
Tsuda Takehiko (Main Role)
1
Tsuda Takehiko
Main Role
8.0
1992 Tyrole no Banka
Japanese Special, 1992, 1 eps
Tateishi Jiro (Main Role)
1
Tateishi Jiro
Main Role
0.0
TV Show
Year Title # Role Rating
1951 Kouhaku Uta Gassen
Japanese TV Show, 1951, 73 eps
[Supporter] (Ep. 9) (Guest)
73
[Supporter] (Ep. 9)
Guest
7.6
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Takakura Ken

Takeichi Oda
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  • First Name: Takeichi
  • Family Name: Oda
  • Native name: 高倉健
  • Also Known as: たかくら けん, おだ たけいち, 小田剛一
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: February 16, 1931
  • Died: November 10, 2014

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