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The Yakuza

The Yakuza (1975)

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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

Jan 23, 2007

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A confused and diffused film which bites off more than it can artfully chew.

November 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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The final show-down is one not to be missed.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A superior action movie, but all the same, it's for audiences that have grown accustomed over the last few years to buckets of blood, disembowelments and severed hands flying through the air.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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Unsettling, but ultimately unsatisfying.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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has one leg is still straddling the Think Fast Mr. Moto era.

April 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comment (1)
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Interesting and well-acted, if clumsy, American take on the Japanese gangster genre.

November 6, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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...Mitchum, armed with a shotgun and a pistol, is particularly bad-*** here...

February 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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The movie is not your routine shoot-'em-up action adventure but an intricate weaving of people, conventions, and personal relationships.

January 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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There are enough double-crosses to satisfy the most jaded fans of the genre.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for The Yakuza

"When an American cracks up, he opens up the window and shoots up a bunch of strangers. When a Japanese cracks up, he closes the window and kills himself. Everything is in reverse."

Not quite as wonderful as The Friends of Eddie Coyle, this is still a pretty great late Mitchum movie, and as an example of mid-Seventies Hollywood flirting with the Far East, The Yakuza is certainly better than Peckinpah's The Killer Elite. By modern standards the film is so slow-moving it barely qualifies as a thriller, though the funereal pacing is very deliberate, emphasising the dignity of the characters, maximising the tension and making the sudden, cathartic eruptions of violence all the more startling. The whole movie is brilliantly shot and edited, not just the splendid fight scenes, with Pollack cleverly cutting through much of the script's wordy exposition by carrying the dialogue of one scene over into the next. Among the interesting credits, the script was written by Leonard and Paul Schrader, with rewrites by Robert Towne; Robert Aldrich was originally slated to direct but Mitchum had him replaced by Pollack; and Mitchum's love interest is played by Keiko Kishi, who played the 'Woman in the Snow' in Kobayashi's Kwaidan.
September 3, 2011
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My 2nd favorite Schrader script, my 2nd favorite Robert Towne script and my 2nd favorite Sydney Pollack film.
September 3, 2011
kenstachnik

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An american meets the dark and violent japanese underworld. an ode to friendship, honor codes and sacrifice among far east gangsters.
September 3, 2011
pier007

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Really exciting and haunting East-meets-West-head-on thriller with tough hero Robert Mitchum who goes against the yakuza (Japanese gangster) to protect his Japanese friends he trusts like a family.
September 3, 2011
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