Legendary Japanese Actor Takeshi Kitano to Appear in Yakuza 6

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It only took six main entries in the Yakuza series, but we’ve learned (via Hachima Kikou) that Sega has managed to get legendary actor, director, and comedian (a few things from his storied pedigree) Takeshi ‘Beat’ Kitano to appear in the game.

While details are currently scant, we know that he will be featured in the game, and will potentially be a yakuza that you can actually challenge to a fight.

Yakuza 6 is going to launch sometime next fall in Japan, for both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

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  1. Misogynerd
    September 18, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    He will use the Shamisen to bat the fuck out of you… Thinking about it Takeshi’s Challenge is similar to Yakuza in some ways.

  2. Grey
    September 18, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Then they throw everyone for a loop and instead of being a yakuza, he shows up as a blind masseur.

  3. Misogynerd
    September 18, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    He’s equally as dangerous as a blind man.

  4. Domhnall
    September 18, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    That’s the guy from Battle Royale. I mean, I’m sure he’s from a lot more than that, but that’s what I recognize him from.

  5. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    September 18, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    I only recognize him as Vic Romano from MXC.

  6. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    September 18, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Man that sounds awesome. Hope this game comes over in a more timely fashion than some of the other more recent Yakuza games. Or hell, at all.

    Still holding hope for Y0 getting a localization announced.

  7. Deadmoonking
    September 18, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    *Actor, director and comedian amongst other things, but definitely not just known for his acting career.

  8. TheCynicalReaper
    September 18, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Zatoichi! Nice. I remember watching the classic TV show back when IFC wasn’t trash and has Samurai Saturdays or whatever. I was really surprised when I saw a movie, and one starring Takeshi Kitano of all people.

  9. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    September 18, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    I don’t remember Yakuza 4 ending with a picture of Kiryu’s face that said “Why are you taking this game so seriously?” after staring at it for five minutes.

    Granted, that would have made the game even better.

  10. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    September 18, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    This is true – I was mostly just trying to get the news out there. Will add a clarification, thanks!

  11. Deadmoonking
    September 18, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Awesome! You da man, Brandon!

  12. DrWawee
    September 18, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    THEY BETTER LOCALIZE THIS. Outrage and Beyond Outrage are some of my favorite movies.

  13. Truck
    September 18, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    I thought he hated video games after his game got panned.

  14. Deadagent
    September 18, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I want this game to have the Takeshis challenge ending as an alternative ending.

  15. Audie Bakerson
    Audie Bakerson
    September 18, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Sadly the PS4 controller does not have a microphone built in.

  16. Etherblaze
    September 18, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Look up Takeshi

    Please, let him be a blind ‘masseuse’.

  17. Raziel Barkrai
    Raziel Barkrai
    September 19, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Maybe he finally cooled down. It has been over 20 years since it was made after all.

  18. Yabloko Molloco San
    Yabloko Molloco San
    September 19, 2015 at 1:14 am

    This stuff has always been shady as fuck.

  19. Vcom7418
    September 19, 2015 at 3:16 am

    Will he appear on the screen and say, “Jontron? I am sorry for Takeshi’s Challange.”

  20. Wyatt
    September 19, 2015 at 9:39 am

    When I saw the black and white photo on the thumbnail, I thought for a second the story was going to be about his passing. Glad it’s not!

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    Kelly Reach
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  22. Kiryu
    September 19, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Oh my oh my,just as awesome as the Segata Sanshiro announcement for Project X Zone 2.Now if only it would come westwards.

  23. Kiryu
    September 19, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Same here.

  24. 2501
    September 19, 2015 at 11:41 am

    These cookies are good…

  25. DariusQ
    September 19, 2015 at 2:37 pm


  26. Thanatos2k
    September 20, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Hahahahah Sega doesn’t localize jack shit anymore.

  27. Tsunara
    September 20, 2015 at 6:58 am

    “Yakuza 6 is going to launch sometime next fall in Japan, for both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.”
    I thought 6 was exclusive to 4? Did they announce it for 3, too?

  28. Carl_Ed
    September 20, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Confirmed: To win Yakuza 6 you’ll have to pay alimony to your wife, sing the same karaoke song three times, not touch your controller for half an hour while a map in invisible ink develops, handglide to a south Pacific island and search for completely hidden cave entrances. And we’ll *still* complain about Sega not releasing it internationally.

  29. TeLin特林
    September 20, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Bahahaha good one!

  30. Sunny11
    September 20, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Do you mean headset adapter or speaker? If so they’re both built in

  31. DrWawee
    September 21, 2015 at 1:23 am

    Yakuza 5

    *drops mic*

  32. Pan Truskawka
    Pan Truskawka
    September 24, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    no ps4 only

  33. Pan Truskawka
    Pan Truskawka
    September 24, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Takeshi Kitano = Violent Cop, Boiling Point, Hana-Bi, Sonatine, Outrage…