The Yakuza
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A confused and diffused film which bites off more than it can artfully chew."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Unsettling, but ultimately unsatisfying."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"...Mitchum, armed with a shotgun and a pistol, is particularly bad-*** here..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The final show-down is one not to be missed."
‑ , Time Out
"has one leg is still straddling the Think Fast Mr. Moto era."
‑ Paul Brenner,
"The movie is not your routine shoot-'em-up action adventure but an intricate weaving of people, conventions, and personal relationships."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A superior action movie, but all the same, it's for audiences that have grown accustomed over the last few years to buckets of blood, disembowelments and severed hands flying through the air."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Interesting and well-acted, if clumsy, American take on the Japanese gangster genre."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"There are enough double-crosses to satisfy the most jaded fans of the genre."
‑ , Film4
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