The Yakuza

The Yakuza

DVD - 2007
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Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter - and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, 2007
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781419824333
1419824333
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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7duffy Aug 23, 2015

Entertaining. Builds very slowly, but the last third of the film (when the story truly unfolds) is done well. Kind of a boring in the beginning, in a 70's film kind of way. Robert Mitchum (like John Wayne in McQ) does not do 1970's styles well. He looked out of place with the long hair, flair pants, turtlenecks, etc., but I guess that was the style at the time, but I think Mitchum was too old to pull it off. Decent story (eventually) and skillfully told by Sydney Pollack. Some great action sequences, as well.

tibiri May 31, 2015

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beckythecat1
May 27, 2015

wonderful old style film. a story you can follow. Robert Mitchum is classic.

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lukasevansherman
Apr 30, 2015

An overlooked gem from the 70s. I've watched a lot of Yakuza movies, and this is the rare American film that succeeds in capturing a similar tone, feel, and energy. The great Robert Mitchum (weathered, but still badass) goes to Japan to help a friend look for his daughter, and gets wrapped up with the mafia and a shady American businessman. Richard Jordan, Brian Keith, and Takakura Ken co-star. The behind the camera talent includes Sydney Pollack, and writers Robert Towne ("Chinatown) and Paul Schrader. This was the first screenplay of Schrader, who would write "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull," as well as direct films like "Affliction" and "American Gigolo." The final fight scene is great. Mitchum played a similar role in "The Friends of Eddie Coyle."

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Monolith
Aug 02, 2012

I really liked this one. Very unique. It could've been presented in a much cheesier fashion than it was, but Pollack's directing was tasteful, classy. Shaggy '70s Mitch and Takakura Ken were terrific. WHAT AN ENDING! ...yow...

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Tj2C
Feb 26, 2011

Solid story, beautiful images and shots. It is entertaining even though it is made in the 1970's. Good fighting scene by Ken in the end of the movie.

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Monolith
Aug 02, 2012

Harry Kilmer: "Tanaka-san... I have brought great pain into your life, both in the past, and the present... (in Japanese) Please accept a token of my apology. (Tanaka Ken is overwhelmed) (continuing, in English) If you can forgive me, then, surely you can forgive Eiko... You are greatly loved and respected by all your family." Tanaka Ken (in Japanese): "I accept." Harry Kilmer: "Domo arigato." Tanaka Ken (in Japanese): "Kilmer-san... no man has a greater friend." Harry Kilmer (in Japanese): "Tanaka-san... no man... has a greater friend... than..." (collapses)

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