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The Yakuza (1975)

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Original title: Yakuza, The

Running Time
2 hours, 3 minutes

Country USA, Japan

Production Companies
Toei Co. Ltd., Warner Bros.

Studio Warner Brothers

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Other Titles
• The Yakuza (1975)
• Brotherhood of the Yakuza
• Yakuza (1975)

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Genre: Drama, Gangsters, Suspense, Detectives, Love, Kidnapping, Culture Clash

Plot: Written by Paul Schrader and Robert Towne and directed by Sydney Pollack, THE YAKUZA is the exciting, violent tale of the attempt to rescue a young girl from Japanese gangsters. When shipping executive George Tanner (Brian Keith) discovers that his daughter has been kidnapped, he calls upon an old army buddy. Former private eye Harry Kilmer knows a lot about Japan, as well as a lot about the Yakuza, the gangsters who keep an iron grip on Japan's gambling, sleaze, and protection rackets. Kilmer realizes there's a right way and a wrong way to approach the brutal underworld. And he knows that in terms of power, there's only one thing mobsters everywhere respect: greater power. Robert Mitchum portrays Kilmer in this bone-jarring East-West collision. Released prior to BLACK RAIN, the film spearheaded the genre as the first American picture to weave the old and the new Japan into a tightly knit action story. Adding to its authenticity is costar Takakura Ken, the "Japanese Clint Eastwood" and a kingpin of his nation's Yakuza film genre. Through Takakura the values that form the centuries-deep bonds of the Nippon underworld are revealed.

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 Directed by
Sydney Pollack
The Interpreter, The Firm, Sabrina
 Written by
Paul Schrader
Taxi Driver, Bringing Out the Dead, The Last Temptation of Christ
Leonard Schrader
Kiss of the Spider Woman, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, Blue Collar
Robert Mitchum
Cape Fear, Dead Man, Scrooged
Ken Takakura
Black Rain, Mr. Baseball, Qian li zou dan qi
Brian Keith
Young Guns, The Parent Trap, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
Herb Edelman
The Odd Couple, The Way We Were, Barefoot in the Park
Richard Jordan
The Hunt for Red October, Dune, Gettysburg
Keiko Kishi
Ghost Stories, Ikite wa mita keredo - Ozu Yasujirô den
Eiji Okada
Hiroshima mon amour, Suna no onna, Lady Snowblood
 Music By
Dave Grusin
The Goonies, The Firm, Random Hearts

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