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The Yakuza Details

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THE YAKUZA, 1975, Warner Bros., 112 min. Sydney Pollack directs this potent, poignant thriller that blends American neo-noir and the then-peaking Japanese yakuza film genre. Robert Mitchum is a world-weary private eye who joins up with a taciturn kendo instructor (yakuza movie icon Ken Takakura), who has a wartime obligation to Mitchum. Likewise, Mitchum owes past wartime comrade, Tanner (Brian Keith) a favor as well, and it’s a humdinger: rescue Tanner’s kidnapped daughter in Japan. A labyrinthine plot is set in motion and soon Mitchum and Takakura become embroiled in a horrifying series of double-crosses and mixed signals that result in a trail of bloody retribution. Adapting the story by Leonard Schrader, Paul Schrader and Robert Towne wrote the moody screenplay. Co-starring Richard Jordan.

Cast

Robert Mitchum
as Harry Kilmer
Ken Takakura
as Ken Tanaka
Brian Keith
as George Tanner
Herb Edelman
as Wheat
Richard Jordan
as Dusty
James Shigeta
as Goro
Christina Kokubo
as Hanako
Keiko Kishi
as Tanaka Eiko
William Ross
as Tanner's Bodyguard
Denis Akiyama
as Tono's Bodyguard
Eiji Okada
as Tono Toshiro

Crew

Sydney Pollack
Director
Sydney Pollack
Producer
Paul Schrader
Screenwriter
Robert Towne
Screenwriter
Leonard Schrader
Screen Story
Kozo Okazaki
Cinematographer
Duke Callaghan
Cinematographer
Dave Grusin
Composer (Music Score)
Frederic Steinkamp
Editor
Stephen B. Grimes
Production Designer
Arthur Piantadosi
Sound/Sound Designer
Basil Fenton-Smith
Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Parker
Special Effects
Stephen B. Grimes
Second Unit Director
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