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||IMDB Rating: 7.3/10 from 4,793 votes
||Release: 28 December 1974 (Japan) /
||Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
||Director: Sydney Pollack,
||Stars: Akiyama, Brian Keith, Christina Kokubo, Eiji Gô, Eiji Okada, Herb Edelman, James Shigeta, Keiko Kishi, Ken Takakura, Kyôsuke Machida, Lee Chirillo, M. Hisaka, Richard Jordan, Robert Mitchum, William Ross
||Synopsis: 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... Written by Michael Brooke <[email protected]>
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A neglected classic of 70s film-making, this is perhaps the most
"Japanese" movie ever made by a non-Japanese. The story is rich and
multi-layered, featuring not one but two sets of star-crossed lovers in
a brilliant and melancholy examination of contrasting themes of memory,
secrets and betrayal, friendship, honor and obligation. The script is
both literate and intricate; the characters' motives are almost always
obscure until another layer of deception is stripped away.
Only Robert Mitchum could have done justice to the role of Harry
Kilmer, a retired detective returning to Japan for the first time in
many years to rescue his old Army friend Tanner's daughter, who has
been kidnapped by the Yakuza in a dispute over a debt Tanner owes them.
When Kilmer arrives in Japan, he seeks out Ken, the brother of his
ex-lover Eiko (played by the astoundingly lovely and talented Kishi
Keiko). Ken is a lone wolf, an ex-Yakuza who now runs a martial arts
school, and though there is obviously no love lost between the two,
Kilmer knows Ken carries an obligation to him for rescuing Eiko and her
infant daughter in the early days of the Occupation.
Kilmer is still bitter about the past, deeply wounded by his love for
Eiko, who would not marry him even though she loves him deeply. This
was the reason why he left Japan and never meant to return.
Now, with Ken's reluctant help, he rescues Tanner's daughter, but this
only leads to an intensifying spiral of tragic consequences, because
nothing is quite what it seems. Only when Kilmer begins to understand
the truth of the situation is he able to act constructively.
Everyone in this film, from Brian Keith to Herb Edelman to Richard
Jordan (in one of his first starring roles) turns in a first-rate
performance. James Shigeta and Christina Kobuko also deserve honorable
mention. But it is Mitchum and Takakura Ken who make this movie.
This is not an action film in the sense of later -- and far inferior --
efforts like "The Challenge" and "Black Rain", though there are scenes
of intense and graphic violence. Nor does it have a happy ending,
although some of the characters do ultimately find redemption and a
hope of reconciliation.
"The Yakuza" is a work that deserves a much larger audience, one which
will totally engage a thoughtful viewer with its universal themes
worked out against the background of a very different culture, with its
own mindset and traditions. I give it my highest recommendation.
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, Brian Keith
, Christina Kokubo
, Eiji Gô
, Eiji Okada
, Herb Edelman
, James Shigeta
, Keiko Kishi
, Ken Takakura
, Kyôsuke Machida
, Lee Chirillo
, M. Hisaka
, Richard Jordan
, Robert Mitchum
, William Ross
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