The Yakuza
The Yakuza (1975)

In this thriller, former soldier Harry Kilmer returns to Japan to help rescue a friend's daughter. Once he arrives in the country, he discovers that the daughter has been kidnapped by the Japanese mafia. In order to battle them, Kilmer… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 23, 2007
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

A confused and diffused film which bites off more than it can artfully chew.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Unsettling, but ultimately unsatisfying.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Interesting and well-acted, if clumsy, American take on the Japanese gangster genre.

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Time Out

The final show-down is one not to be missed.

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Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View

... Sydney Pollack ... manifests as much mythic sense as a mill foreman.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...Mitchum, armed with a shotgun and a pistol, is particularly bad-*** here...

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Paul Brenner
Filmcritic.com

has one leg is still straddling the Think Fast Mr. Moto era.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

The movie is not your routine shoot-'em-up action adventure but an intricate weaving of people, conventions, and personal relationships.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Stephen M
<i>"When an American cracks up, he opens up the window and shoots up a bunch of strangers. When a Japanese cracks up, he closes the window and kills… More
Dean McKenna
Really exciting and haunting East-meets-West-head-on thriller with tough hero Robert Mitchum who goes against the yakuza (Japanese gangster) to protect his… More
Ken Stachnik
My 2nd favorite Schrader script, my 2nd favorite Robert Towne script and my 2nd favorite Sydney Pollack film.
John Ballantine
An absolutely impossible story line to follow is the main feature of the Yakuza. A good script cannot be saved by terrific actors nor a terrific director.
Pierluigi Puccini
An american meets the dark and violent japanese underworld. an ode to friendship, honor codes and sacrifice among far east gangsters.