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Director:
Writers:
Paul Schrader (screenplay) and
Robert Towne (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
March 1975 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A man never forgets. A man pays his debts. See more »
Plot:
Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter... See more » | Full synopsis »
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(16 articles)
In memoriam: James Shigeta
 (From Den of Geek. 29 July 2014, 12:15 AM, PDT)

Retrospective: The Directorial Career Of Paul Schrader
 (From The Playlist. 5 August 2013, 9:06 AM, PDT)

Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1970′s
 (From SoundOnSight. 19 May 2013, 4:43 PM, PDT)

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Top Notch Gangster Movie See more (36 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Mitchum ... Harry Kilmer

Ken Takakura ... Tanaka Ken (as Takakura Ken)

Brian Keith ... George Tanner

Herb Edelman ... Wheat

Richard Jordan ... Dusty
Keiko Kishi ... Eiko (as Kishi Keiko)

Eiji Okada ... Tono (as Okada Eiji)

James Shigeta ... 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
Harada ... Goro's Doorman
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Directed by
Sydney Pollack 
 
Writing credits
Paul Schrader (screenplay) and
Robert Towne (screenplay)

Leonard Schrader (story)

Produced by
Michael Hamilburg .... co-producer
Sydney Pollack .... producer
Kôji Shundô .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
 
Cinematography by
Kôzô Okazaki (director of photography) (as Okazaki Kozo)
 
Film Editing by
Don Guidice 
Thomas Stanford 
 
Production Design by
Stephen B. Grimes  (as Stephen Grimes)
 
Art Direction by
Yoshiyuki Ishida  (as Ishida Yoshiyuki)
 
Costume Design by
Dorothy Jeakins 
 
Makeup Department
Gary Morris .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
John R. Coonan .... production manager (as John Coonan)
Isao Nagaoka .... unit production manager (as Nagaoka Isao)
William Ross .... assistant production manager
Yoshio Yamamoto .... unit production manager (as Yamamoto Yoshio)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Abe .... assistant director
Stephen B. Grimes .... second unit director (as Stephen Grimes)
Michael D. Moore .... assistant director (as Michael Moore)
 
Art Department
Toshio Miyagawa .... props (as Miyagawa Toshio)
Seiji Moori .... tattoo artist (as Mohri Seiji)
 
Sound Department
Basil Fenton-Smith .... sound mixer (as Basil Fenton Smith)
Arthur Piantadosi .... re recording mixer
Ed Scheid .... sound effects (as Edwin Scheid)
 
Special Effects by
Tomoo Kasai .... special effects (as Kasai Tomoo)
Richard Parker .... special effects
 
Stunts
Bill Saito .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bobby Byrne .... camera operator (as Robert Byrne)
Duke Callaghan .... director of photography: American sequences
Yoshiaki Masuda .... gaffer (as Masuda Yoshiaki)
Tamio Matsuo .... assistant cameraman (as Matsuo Tamio)
Haruhisa Murase .... grip (as Murase Haruhisa)
Cliff Ralke .... assistant cameraman (as Clifton Ralke)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mamoru Mori .... wardrobe (as Mori Mamoru)
 
Editorial Department
Carol Ann Jackson .... assistant editor
Ralph Sandler .... assistant editor
Fredric Steinkamp .... supervising film editor
 
Music Department
Ted Whitfield .... music editor
Richard H. Anderson .... musician: woodwinds (uncredited)
Richard H. Anderson .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano .... musician: woodwinds (uncredited)
Ralph Grierson .... musician: piano/keyboards (uncredited)
Dave Grusin .... conductor (uncredited)
Dave Grusin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano/organ/keyboards (uncredited)
Jerome Richardson .... musician: woodwinds (uncredited)
Lee Ritenour .... guitars (uncredited)
Bud Shank .... alto sax/flute (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... music engineer (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... music mixer (uncredited)
Kurt E. Wolff .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Kurt E. Wolff .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Kuroki Masami .... production personnel
Phill Norman .... titles designer
Michie Ross .... production secretary
Masao Satô .... assistant to executive producer (as Sato Masao)
Gaylin P. Schultz .... production coordinator (as Gaylin Schultz)
Takeshi Sugimoto .... production personnel (as Sugimoto Takeshi)
Keiko Tsushima .... script girl (as Tsushima Keiko)
Hope Williams .... script supervisor
Seiji Yada .... production personnel (as Yada Seiji)
 
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Runtime:
Japan:123 min | UK:107 min | USA:112 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 (cut) | France:-12 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (cut) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1994) (2007) | USA:R
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The gambling game played by the Yakuza in the film is Tehonbiki.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: 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:
Harry Kilmer:Everywhere I look, I can't recognize a thing.
Oliver Wheat:It's still there. Farmers in the countryside may watch TV from their tatami mats and you can't see Fuji through the smog, but don't let it fool you. It's still Japan and the Japanese are still Japanese.
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Soundtrack:
Only the WindSee more »

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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Top Notch Gangster Movie, 21 April 2004
Author: Dane (dane11) from Loveland, CO

I stumbled across this movie, back when I was in college, on late night television. At the time, I wasn't a Robert Mitchum fan. I always thought Mitchum had a way of sauntering through film roles, not always giving his best. The Yakuza, made when Mitchum was 58 years old, utilizes his style and persona to its maximum potential. He's world-weary, he's been through the mill and he's come out wiser, but not necessarily harder for it.

Written by Paul Schrader and Robert Towne, The Yakuza shows us a different side of the Gangster world than we have been privy to before. This is not a movie of good vs. bad; it's a movie about loyalty and honor to friends and family. We follow Mitchum as Harry Kilmer on a mission to save a friends daughter. For most movies made these days, that premise would be enough, but The Yakuza is deeply layered and far more interesting than that. It turns out that Harry had been in Japan after WWII and had fallen in love with a beautiful woman, Eiko. 30 years later Harry is back in Japan, much has changed, but his feelings haven't.

Harry teams up with Ken Tanaka, Eiko's brother, to find the kidnapped girl. Samurai swords slash and guns blaze, adding intense, well-choreographed action as the plot thickens and Harry realizes that this is no ordinary rescue. We learn a lot about the characters in the movie, from Harry and Eiko to Ken Tanaka and Harry's buddy George, but more than that we learn about Japan and its infamous and historic gangster world. This is a classic movie in every sense of the word and should be viewed as such. And if you're not a fan of Robert Mitchum before seeing this movie, you will be afterwards.

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