The Yakuza

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Released 1975

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Director:
Sydney Pollack
Released:
1975
Rating:
R

The Yakuza is the 1974 crime drama written by Paul Schrader, also known for Taxi Driver and Raging Bull and directed by Sidney Pollack. In the film, Harry Kilmer (Oscar-nominee Robert Mitchum) is an American and former resident of Japan who moves back to Kyoto on a rescue mission. The daughter of his employer and old army buddy, George Tanner (Brian Keith), has been kidnapped. Harry thinks that his knowledge of the streets and general savvy will carry him through the dangerous investigation. However, he soon discovers that he is up against the Yakuza, one of Japan's most notorious crime syndicates, essentially the mafia of Kyoto. Harry has to call on the help of his old army acquaintances while he struggles to readjust to the Japanese culture. There is a complex mystery that Harry has to unwind, and he discovers that George has not told him everything he needs to know. The conflict leads to some extraordinary sword fights and a prolonged, intense chase.

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    Crime, Martial Arts