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Old November 20 2014, 02:47 PM   #1
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Ken Takakura (1931-2014)

In his prolific overseas career, he made some major marks in the U.S. from the 1970s on. Three of his films included THE BULLET TRAIN, GOLGO 13 (later to be an anime), and MR. BASEBALL. He was memorable in BLACK RAIN and outstanding in THE YAKUZA. He'll be especially missed.

And in BLACK RAIN he took a potentially embarrassing scene with Andy Garcia and made it work. Who can ever forget that duet?
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Old November 20 2014, 05:11 PM   #2
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Re: Ken Takakura (1931-2014)

Sad to see him go. He was a good actor, and good in two languages which apparently is harder than it looks. Fun fact, Katsu Shintaro of Zatoichi fame had been considered for Takakura's role in Black Rain, and Takakura even thought he'd be better suited to the part. However, Katsu wasn't confident acting in English, and Ridley Scott really wanted Takakura.
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Old November 21 2014, 04:27 PM   #3
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Re: Ken Takakura (1931-2014)

There's a really great film Directed by Yoji Yamada called 'The Yellow Handkerchief' starring Takura Ken. Check it out if you have time.
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