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Yakuza
     

The Yakuza

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Director: Sydney Pollack, Robert Mitchum, Ken Takakura, Brian Keith

Cast: Sydney Pollack, Robert Mitchum, Ken Takakura, Brian Keith

 

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Between making They Way We Were and Three Days of The Condor, Sydney Pollack directed this little-seen thriller from a script by Paul Schrader and Robert Towne. The Yakuza stars Robert Mitchum as Harry Kilmer, a former soldier who returns to Japan to help rescue the daughter of his friend George Tanner (Brian Keith). Once he arrives in the country

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Between making They Way We Were and Three Days of The Condor, Sydney Pollack directed this little-seen thriller from a script by Paul Schrader and Robert Towne. The Yakuza stars Robert Mitchum as Harry Kilmer, a former soldier who returns to Japan to help rescue the daughter of his friend George Tanner (Brian Keith). Once he arrives in the country, Kilmer discovers that the daughter has been kidnapped by the Japanese mafia, called the Yakuza. In order to battle the ruthless organized crime outfit and save the girl, Kilmer finds himself left with few options and reluctantly enlists the help of his old nemesis, Tanaka (Ken Takakura). The film was later re-titled The Brotherhood of the Yakuza and was originally shown in a 123-minute cut.

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All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Based on the debut script of the 27-year-old Paul Schrader, Sydney Pollack's autumnal thriller is an interesting, if uneven exploration of the writer's trademark themes of guilt, honor, and expiation. Reflecting the immersion of the Schrader brothers in Japanese culture, the film combines a rather sobering meditation on the nature of sacrifice with action sequences showcasing the skills of the immensely popular Ken Takakura. Robert Mitchum jettisons his air of jaded insouciance in playing the rueful WWII vet, one of the best roles of his later career. In his scenes with his former lover (Keiko Kishi) and his former opponent (Takakura), the film achieves a tone of austere regret rare in American movies. But, the attempt to create an atmosphere of looseness and spontaneity among the Americans give their scenes a fatal slackness, with strategy sessions so relaxed that it seems like wiping out an army of yakuza is simply a chore to be performed on the way to the first tee. Although Pollack's action choreography is often awkward, and many of his visual choices seem plodding and uninspired, his skill in handling actors is in evidence.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2014
UPC:
0888574099367
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
25,739

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Mitchum Harry Kilmer
Ken Takakura Ken Tanaka
Brian Keith George Tanner
Herb Edelman Wheat
Richard Jordan Dusty
James Shigeta Goro
Christina Kokubo Hanako
Denis Akiyama Tono's Bodyguard
Lee Chitillo Louise Tanner
Go Eiji Spider
Harada Goro's Doorman
M. Hisaka Boyfriend
William Ross Tanner's Bodyguard
Keiko Kishi Tanaka Eiko
Kyosuke Mashida Kato Jiro
Eiji Okada Tono Toshiro

Technical Credits
Sydney Pollack Director,Producer
Duke Callaghan Cinematographer
Basil Fenton-Smith Sound/Sound Designer
Stephen B. Grimes Production Designer
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Donald Guidice Editor
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
D. Michael Moore Asst. Director
Gary Morris Makeup
Kozo Okazaki Cinematographer
Richard Parker Special Effects
Arthur Piantadosi Sound/Sound Designer
Leonard Schrader Original Story
Paul Schrader Screenwriter
Thomas G. Stanford Editor
Frederic Steinkamp Editor
Robert Towne Screenwriter

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The Yakuza 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie if you enjoy action combined with deep philosophical motif.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very recommended film on Japanese gangsters and the meaning of a promise made and kept even at terrible cost. Mitchum gives outstanding, low key rperformance of aging investigator called to return a favor by helping a friend who in turn betrays him. He then has to ask for help thus setting in motion a series of overlaping obligations, each with its own consequences. Thoughtful, sometimes slow, other times violently fast, never boring. Beautiful, memorable music, excellent supporting cast includes young Richard Jordan. Ken Takahura is THE Yakuza -look for him in a mirror image role in the 1980s film ''Black Rain''.