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The Yakuza
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Cast:Sydney Pollack, Robert Mitchum, Ken Takakura, Brian Keith

In Sydney Pollack's thriller The Yakuza, former soldier Harry Kilmer (Robert Mitchum) returns to Japan to help rescue the daughter of his friend (Brian Keith). Once he arrives in the country, he discovers that the daughter has been kidnapped by the Japanese mafia, called the Yakuza. In order to battle the Yakuza, Kilmer has to ask for a favor from his old enemy, Tanaka (Ken Takakura). Pollack's direction is tight, the story by Paul Schrader and Robert Towne is thrilling, and Mitchum and Takakura are excellent, making The Yakuza a first-rate thriller. The film was later re-titled The Brotherhood of the Yakuza and was originally shown in a 123 minute cut. Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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