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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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Retrospective: The Directorial Career Of Paul Schrader
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Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1970′s
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Lead Actors: The Overlooked and Underrated
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"I have destroyed his past, and his future" 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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Additional Details

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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:
Goro:Ken is a tormented man. It is Eiko, of course, but it is also Japan. Ken is a relic, a leftover of another age, of another country.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Making 'Taxi Driver' (1999) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Only the WindSee more »

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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
"I have destroyed his past, and his future", 25 May 2004
Author: Master_of_My_Domain from Earth

One of the best West-meets-East films made. Great dialogues, very realistic fighting scenes, even though this film has been made so long ago, without any CGI tricks at all, yet the sword fights still look really great. But in my opinion the story, which may be shortly described with one of the sentences spoken by Harry Kilmer (Robert Mitchum) at the end of this film: "I have destroyed his past, and his future" - perhaps the story is what it makes this film so unique and timeless. Outstanding performance by Ken Takakura ("Ken Tanaka")! If you haven't seen it yet - get it now! And why do I say "get it" instead of "rent it"? Because unfortunately VHS version available in US is more than 10 minutes shorter, and European VHS versions have even more *vital to the plot* cuts! (More info here: http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0073918/alternateversions

or if it doesn't work try the link under "Alternate versions"). Please: don't waste your time on those! I swear these edited versions must have been edited either by some blind and deaf personae, or a child who didn't understood plot at all! Currently the only good, somewhat true to the original theatrical print (just slightly more than 3 minutes shorter), are the 2hr long versions available on the not-so-legal (and not too good quality-wise) VCDs released in Hong Kong and Asia.

I rated this film very high - and I am not any big sword-actioneers fan, but nor is this movie any kind of sword fighting flicks. Its just a great story that is told (or actually shown) very well, and it deserves full 10/10.

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