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The Yakuza


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...more