The Yakuza
The Yakuza (1975)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 19, 1975
DVD Release Date: January 23, 2007
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Variety Staff

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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Paul Brenner

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

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Time Out

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

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Luke Spafford

The Yakuza is old-school in its delivery, the pacing is slow, but stay with it and you will be rewarded with a payoff that is both startling and touching.

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TV Guide

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

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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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 72% 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.