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The Yakuza (1974)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  March 1975 (USA)
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Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter - and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia...

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A man returns to Japan to rescue his friend's kidnapped daughter.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Harry Kilmer
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Tanaka Ken (as Takakura Ken)
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George Tanner
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Wheat
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Keiko Kishi ...
Eiko (as Kishi Keiko)
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Tono (as Okada Eiji)
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Goro
Kyôsuke Machida ...
Kato
Christina Kokubo ...
Hanako
Eiji Gô ...
Spider (as Go Eiji)
Lee Chirillo ...
Louise
M. Hisaka ...
Boyfriend
William Ross ...
Tanner's Guard
Akiyama ...
Tono's Guard
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Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter - and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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japan | yakuza | love | mafia | business | See All (33) »

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Separated by blood and centuries - United by a Woman - Now, hurled together against the Yakuza . . . brotherhood of the East. See more »


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Yakuza  »

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Trivia

Martin Scorsese wanted to direct after Mean Streets (1973) but the producers wanted Sydney Pollack. See more »

Goofs

The boom mic is clearly visible in one scene when Oliver Wheat grabs his cat while telling the story of Eiko to Dusty, the mic appears behind the table and is retracted as Wheat advances. See more »

Quotes

Eiko Tanaka: Did you speak to Ken?
Harry Kilmer: Yeah
Eiko Tanaka: Does he know we are here?
Harry Kilmer: Sure.
Eiko Tanaka: Is he unhappy?
Harry Kilmer: I'm on my way over to see him now.
Eiko Tanaka: But is he unhappy?
Harry Kilmer: Of course he's unhappy, he's been unhappy ever since he lost the war. I keep trying to tell him it's not his fault, he won't take my word for it.
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Featured in The Directors: The Films of Sydney Pollack (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Only the Wind
Japanese Lyrics Yû Aku (as Aku Yu)
Composed by Dave Grusin
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A must see for Japanophiles
28 October 1999 | by (Tokyo, Japan) – See all my reviews

Not only is this a good 70's gangster/action flick, it is also one of the few movies about Japan ever produced in the States that does not make too many mistakes about Japanese culture.

Ken Takakura puts in a great performance which is no surprise since he first became famous in Japan for acting in yakuza (gangster) movies.

Anyone who has ever tried to understand or explain the concept of "giri" should see this movie!


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