'Yakuza 6' to feature baddest yakuza film dude of all time: Beat Takeshi

By Evie Lund, RocketNews24

Japanese actor and director “Beat” Takeshi Kitano is an instantly recognisable face over here in Japan, but westerners might be more familiar with him in his role as sadistic homeroom teacher Kitano in "Battle Royale," or perhaps as the host of the madcap 1980s Japanese game show "Takeshi’s Castle."

But it turns out that ol’ Beat is no longer just the face of Japanese TV and gritty movies, as he has recently joined a long line of celebrities lending their voices and images to video games. Check out Beat Takeshi’s appearance in the upcoming Sega game, "Yakuza 6," in the trailer below.

The teaser, from Sega’s booth at the Tokyo Game Show, shows how Beat Takeshi’s character will appear in the upcoming "Yakuza 6," known in Japan as "Ryu ga Gotoku" (“like a dragon”). It’s short, but it’s unmistakably Beat Takeshi.

In the clip, Beat Takeshi says, “Hey, bro. Finally, we meet”, before turning to face the camera and grinning, showing off his familiar features. His appearance in the video game will be a good opportunity for western fans to get to know a little more about one of Japan’s most famous celebrities, who early on in his career gained a reputation for acting in and directing several projects focusing on yakuza.

It’s becoming quite common in Western game development these days to hire celebrities to lend their mugs and vocal cords to create video game characters. Think Ellen Page in "Beyond: Two Souls," Hayden Panettiere et al in "Until Dawn," and even Norman Reedus in "Silent Hills"... well, before Konami unceremoniously scrapped it, that is. But in Japan, famous actors have actually been lending their faces to games for quite a while now, sometimes randomly (character actor Naoto Takenaka’s appearance in the 2005 survival horror title "Haunting Ground" as an Italian castellan was particularly odd) and sometimes it’s an example of perfect casting—who better than Beat Takeshi to play a hardened yakuza boss? Or, at least, that’s what we assume his character will be!

A release date for "Yakuza 6" has yet to be announced, but with any luck it won’t be too long before we get to see virtual Beat Takeshi threatening to chop off our pinky fingers.

Source: H/T Siliconera

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I don't care what anyone says.... Beat Takeshi is nothing more than an evil adolescent boy in a man's mind. Everything he's done is just plane violent and full of childish sadistic dreams of revenge. Go straight back to some of his first TV.... boiling people.... he or she that lasted the longest in scalding water was able to advertise their cause more. He's a sadistic idiot pretending to be genius.

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Baddest yakuza film dude of all time??? Really?? Can someone list me all of the films he has been in where he played a bad-a&# yakuza dude?? Because I am having trouble with that one...

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Takeshi appeared in "Rage", that movie was pretty gangster. Not sure what else.

Takashi Miike's, "Graveyard of Honor" has got to be my fav yakuza flick though.

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The Only Yak Movie i've seen is "Brother" a few years back! Why not some Live Action Yakuza flicks Beat???

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Brother was crap. Some of beat's proper ganster movies include Sonatine and Hana-Bi. Outrage 2 was okay. A proper yakuza movie is Jinginakitatakai

and if you want a hilarious yakuza movie watch Deadly Outlaw Rekka.

Personally I also liked the movie remake of the yakuza game "Yuu ga Gotoku Gekijouban" with Goro Kishitani and Kazuki Kitamura.

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danalawton1@yahoo.comOct. 02, 2015 - 09:13AM JST Everything he's done is just plane violent and full of childish sadistic dreams of revenge.

Have you watched Dolls ? I quite liked it.

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Like a dragon and yakuza graveyard, Gozu.. Now THAT is yakuza eiga for me. Takeshi was great in Sonatine though.

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Darren BrannanOct. 02, 2015 - 03:53PM JST Like a dragon and yakuza graveyard, Gozu.. Now THAT is yakuza eiga for me.

Thanks, will have a look at that.

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Will he produce a big rubber hammer and wear half a moustache?

As for Yakuza films, seen a couple, such as Boiling Point and Minbo no Onna (which was excellent) but it's not my favourite genre by a long way.

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Hana-bi, Sonatine, Outrage (both of them), and Brother all yakuza movie classics from Takeshi IMO. Though Jingi Naki Tatakai is a masterpiece in the yakuza genre. Check out some Kinji Fukasaku 70s flicks like Sympathy for the Underdog, Cops vs Thugs, and Graveyard of Honor.

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