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Ken Takakura

16 February 1931 to 10 November 2014

One of the great Japanese actors, Takakura made his name playing tough but honourable outsider in action movies and ninkyo yakuza films such as the Showa zankyo-den series (1965-1972) and A Fugitive from the Past (1965). His major Western credits included The Yakuza (1974) and Black Rain (1989).

Read Ken Takakura's Guardian obituary here