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cover: Yakuza, The (1975)

Yakuza, The (1975)

Director(s): Sydney Pollack

Theatrical Release: 1975

Cast: Robert Mitchum, Ken Takakura, Brian Keith, Herb Edelman, Christina Kokubo, Richard Jordan

Genre(s): Drama, crime, gangs/mafia/triad/yakuza, Dean's List

Countries: USA, Japan

Location in store: American Directors > Sydney Pollack

(1 / 1)
Ant Rating
Running Time: 112m.

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. (

Member Reviews

One less pinky by RW - August 24, 2008
Solid, with a great twist. Very culturally conscious, which is what you'd expect from a director like Sidney Pollack, but not from the era this was filmed in.

For cycle enthusiasts, they throw a Bridgestone keirin (track) racing bike during a fight scene in a wealthy Japanese house.