The Best Ken Takakura Movies  

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List of the best Ken Takakura movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Ken Takakura's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Ken Takakura movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Ken Takakura movies will be at the top of the list. Ken Takakura has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Ken Takakura movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Ken Takakura films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Ken Takakura role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Ken Takakura performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Items include everything from Nankyoku Monogatari to Bullet Train.

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Kaori Momoi, Chieko Baisho, Ken Takakura
The Yellow Handkerchief is a 1977 Japanese film directed by Yoji Yamada. It was the winner of the first Best Picture award at the Japan Academy Prize. The film was inspired by a column series ...more
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Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Luis Guzmán
Black Rain is a 1989 American action thriller film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Michael Douglas, Andy García, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw and Yusaku Matsuda. The story centers on two ...more
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Chieko Baisho, Ken Takakura
Station is a 1981 Japanese film directed by Yasuo Furuhata. Among many awards, it was chosen as Best Film at the Japan Academy Prize ceremony.
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Poppoya Ryoko Hirosue, Ken Takakura, Ken Shimura
Poppoya is a 1999 Japanese film directed by Yasuo Furuhata. It was Japan's submission to the 72nd Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a ...more
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Robert Mitchum, Brian Keith, Herb Edelman
The Yakuza is a 1974 neo-noir gangster film directed by Sydney Pollack, written by Leonard Schrader, Paul Schrader, and Robert Towne. The film is about a man who returns to Japan after several ...more
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Ken Takakura, Kiichi Nakai, Shinobu Terajima
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles is a 2005 drama film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Ken Takakura. It premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival on 22 October 2005 and was ...more
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Tom Selleck, Frank Thomas, Dennis Haysbert
Mr. Baseball is a 1992 American comedy directed by Fred Schepisi, starring Tom Selleck, Ken Takakura, and Dennis Haysbert. It depicts a tumultuous season in the career of fictional New York ...more
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Ken Takakura, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Rentarō Mikuni
Never Give Up is a 1978 Japanese film. It was directed by Junya Sato and produced by Haruki Kadokawa.
Bullet Train is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ken Takakura Movies
Sonny Chiba, Tetsurō Tamba, Kei Yamamoto
Super Express bullet train to explode if it starts to travel below 80 km/h -- the source of inspiration for the movie "Speed". The film was later shortened and reissued internationally ...more
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Dearest Beat Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Haruka Ayase
Anata e is a 2012 Japanese film directed by Yasuo Furuhata.
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A Distant Cry from Spring Chieko Baisho, Ken Takakura
A Distant Cry from Spring is a 1980 Japanese film directed by Yoji Yamada.
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Rie Miyazawa, Renji Ishibashi, Hisaya Morishige
47 Ronin is a 1994 Japanese film, directed by Kon Ichikawa. The film is another version of the Chūshingura, the story of the revenge of the Forty-seven Ronin of Ako against Lord Kira.
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Masako Natsume, Ken Takakura, Tsunehiko Watase
Antarctica is a 1983 Japanese film directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara and starring Ken Takakura. Its plot centers on the 1958 ill-fated Japanese scientific expedition to the South Pole, its dramatic ...more
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Michael Caine, Henry Fonda, Denholm Elliott
Too Late the Hero is a 1970 Anglo-American war film directed by Robert Aldrich, and starring Michael Caine, Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, Ken Takakura, Denholm Elliott, Ian Bannen, Lance ...more
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Yoshio Harada, Ken Takakura, Kunie Tanaka
Kimi yo Fundo no Kawa o Watare is a Japanese film released in 1976, directed by Junya Satō.
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Tetsurō Tamba, Hideji Otaki, Ken Takakura
Mt. Hakkoda is a 1977 Japanese film directed by Shirō Moritani. Based on the novelist Jirō Nitta's recounting of the Hakkōda Mountains incident, the film tells the story of two infantry ...more
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Miyamoto Musashi V: Duel at Ganryu Island Yorozuya Kinnosuke, Ken Takakura, Chieko Naniwa
Miyamoto Musashi V: Duel at Ganryu Island is an action drama film directed by Tomu Uchida.
Kaikyô is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ken Takakura Movies
Kaikyô Chishū Ryū, Eimei Esumi, Hisaya Morishige
Kaikyô is a 1982 drama film written by Toshirô Ide and Shirô Moritani and directed by Shirô Moritani.
Miyamoto Musashi IV: Duel at I... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ken Takakura Movies
Miyamoto Musashi IV: Duel at Ichijyo-Ji Temple Yorozuya Kinnosuke, Ken Takakura, Chieko Naniwa
Miyamoto Musashi IV: Duel at Ichijyo-Ji Temple is an action drama film directed by Tomu Uchida.
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The Homeless Shintaro Katsu, Ken Takakura, Meiko Kaji
The Homeless is a 1974 Japanese film directed by Kōichi Saitō. It is a remake of the French film The Last Adventure.
Dôran is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ken Takakura Movies
Dôran Takashi Shimura, Asao Koike, Sayuri Yoshinaga
Dôran is a 1980 war film written by Nobuo Yamada and directed by Shirô Moritani.
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Bakuto gaijin butai Ken Takakura, Tomisaburo Wakayama, Kōji Tsuruta
Sympathy for the Underdog, known in Japan as Bakuto-Gaijin Butai, is a 1971 Japanese yakuza film directed and co-written by Kinji Fukasaku and starring Koji Tsuruta and Noboru Ando. It is ...more