1974 – The Yakuza

★★★★☆ USA / Japan. 1h52m. Crime / Drama. Directed by Sydney Pollack. Written by Paul Schrader, Robert Towne (screenplay) and Leonard Schrader (story). Cinematography by Kozo Okazaki, Duke Callaghan. Edited by Don Guidice, Thomas Stanford, Frederic Steinkamp. Music by Dave Grusin. Starring Robert Mitchum, Ken Takakura, Brian Keith, Herb Edelman, Richard Jordan, Keiko Kishi, Eiji Okada, James Shigeta, Kyosuke Machida, Christina Kokubo.

The Yakuza is about a retired American detective who returns to Japan after being decades away in order to rescue his friend’s daughter, kidnapped by the eponymous crime syndicate. Following a lackluster initial release, the film has since gained a cult following.

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