The Yakuza [Blu-ray] [1975]

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  • Release Date: 02/07/2017
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 8)

Special Features


  • Commentary by director Sydney Pollack
  • Vintage featurette Promises to Keep

Synopsis


The Yakuza
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 outfit and save the girl, Kilmer finds himself left with few options and reluctantly enlists the help of his old nemesis, Tanaka (Ken Takakura). The film was later re-titled The Brotherhood of the Yakuza and was originally shown in a 123-minute cut. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Robert Mitchum
    Robert Mitchum - Harry Kilmer
  • Ken Takakura
    Ken Takakura - Ken Tanaka
  • Brian Keith
    Brian Keith - George Tanner
  • Herb Edelman
    Herb Edelman - Wheat
  • Richard Jordan
    Richard Jordan - Dusty



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic like these are not made anymore

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    Robert Mitchum, Takakura Ken that says it all!! 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. A man doesn't forget. A man pays his debts." Well, not in today's economy. But in 1974 paying debts meant something else. It meant honor and obligation and a code of duty among hired killers and thugs. The Japanese yakuza action movie was a staple of Japanese cinema in the 1970s, the films packed with high energy, low budgets, and gratuitous violence. Pollack's westernized version of the genre tamps down the action and examines the yakuza film like an English literature grad student, looking for subtext as characters engage in slow and ponderous dialogues about honor and duty before they erupt and pull out swords and shotguns and turn rooms into abattoirs. Neither a Japanese nor an American action film nor really a philosophical discourse over tea and sushi, The Yakuza doesn't know what it wants to be. Robert Mitchum plays Harry Kilmer, a retired detective, called back into service by old World War II army pal George Tanner (Brian Keith), who asks for his help in rescuing his daughter, who is being held in Japan by the yakuza. Tanner knows Kilmer is owed a debt of honor by ex-yakuza member Tanaka Ken (Ken Takakura, the big Japanese star of all those '70s yakuza films) and convinces him to travel back to Japan to see if Ken will honor his obligation to Kilmer by infiltrating the yakuza gang holding his daughter and bringing her back home (significantly, the daughter is no more than a unconscious blip on the radar in The Yakuza). Once there, events spin out of control, and Kilmer and Ken become embroiled in ritual obligations and mayhem. Mitchum delivers a very strong performance in a nothing part. By 1974, Mitchum was one of the few iconic film stars left and his Harry Kilmer draws upon the decades of performances that Mitchum carried around with him like a tarnished halo. When Mitchum walks the dark, neon-laced night streets of Tokyo and the shadows fall on Mitchum's tired and defeated face like melting steel, Mitchum is a walking noir god with a force of virile doom enveloping him. As the film continues and Mitchum is relegated more and more to the sidelines, the audience too feels his despair. There is plenty to like in The Yakuza (Pollack handles the action sequences with a startling energy and knows how to extract movie star mileage out of Mitchum and Takakura) Enjoy

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Modern day Samurai movie

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    Oscar8717
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    The only hiccup that I had with the movie was in the end Mitchum finally figured out that they are married. Hello??

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Pollack's underrated movie

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    John
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    Robert Mitchum's great screen acting is here. He is so subtle, and so believable. Great performance with minimal effort.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great blu ray

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    Iceman388
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    For a older movie transfer to blu ray is good movie itself is really good story

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is one of my favorites!

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    Sltravis
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    Took a chance on this with a blind buy. I'm glad I did. I absolutely loved it

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Realistic kung fu

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    Ralph
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    A martial arts movie with a very effective story of honor and family.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

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    Dragontiger
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    Great Classic Mitchum action movie great transfer bluray.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best!

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    BurntPopcorn
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    This is one of my all-time favorite movies. A must see!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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