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The Yakuza ()


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American private-eye Harry Kilmer returns to Japan to rescue a friend's kidnapped daughter from the clutches of the Yakuza.

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Harry Kilmer
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Tanaka Ken
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George Tanner
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Wheat
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Dusty
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
Harada ...
Goro's Doorman

Directed by

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Sydney Pollack

Written by

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Paul Schrader ... (screenplay) and
Robert Towne ... (screenplay)
 
Leonard Schrader ... (story)

Produced by

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Michael Hamilburg ... co-producer
Sydney Pollack ... producer

Music by

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Dave Grusin

Cinematography by

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Kôzô Okazaki ... director of photography (as Okazaki Kozo)

Film Editing by

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Don Guidice
Thomas Stanford

Editorial Department

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Carol Ann Jackson ... assistant editor
Ralph Sandler ... assistant editor
Fredric Steinkamp ... supervising film editor

Production Design by

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Stephen B. Grimes ... (as Stephen Grimes)

Art Direction by

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Yoshiyuki Ishida ... (as Ishida Yoshiyuki)

Costume Design by

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Dorothy Jeakins

Makeup Department

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Gary Morris ... makeup artist

Production Management

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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

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Mike Abe ... assistant director
Stephen B. Grimes ... second unit director (as Stephen Grimes)
Michael D. Moore ... assistant director (as Michael Moore)

Art Department

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Toshio Miyagawa ... props (as Miyagawa Toshio)
Seiji Moori ... tattoo artist (as Mohri Seiji)
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Basil Fenton-Smith ... sound mixer (as Basil Fenton Smith)
Arthur Piantadosi ... re recording mixer
Ed Scheid ... sound effects (as Edwin Scheid)

Special Effects by

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Tomoo Kasai ... special effects (as Kasai Tomoo)
Richard Parker ... special effects

Stunts

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Bill Saito ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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Mamoru Mori ... wardrobe (as Mori Mamoru)

Music Department

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Ted Whitfield ... music editor
Richard H. Anderson ... musician: woodwinds (uncredited) / orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano ... musician: woodwinds (uncredited)
Ralph Grierson ... musician: piano/keyboards (uncredited)
Dave Grusin ... conductor (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Artie Kane ... musician: piano/organ/keyboards (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald ... score remixer (uncredited)
Jerome Richardson ... musician: woodwinds (uncredited)
Lee Ritenour ... guitars (uncredited)
Bud Shank ... alto sax/flute (uncredited)
Dan Wallin ... music engineer (uncredited) / music mixer (uncredited)
Kurt E. Wolff ... musician: percussion (uncredited) / orchestra contractor (uncredited)

Other crew

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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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Other Companies

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  • Toei Company (special thanks to: for their cooperation in the production of this film)

Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines A man never forgets. A man pays his debts. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Za Yakuza (Japan)
  • Brotherhood of the Yakuza (United Kingdom)
  • Yakuza (France)
  • Yakuza (Spain)
  • Jakuza (Serbia)
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Runtime
  • 112 min
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Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in ...Promises to Keep (1974). See more »
Soundtracks Only the Wind See more »
Quotes Dusty: American saw cuts on a push stroke, Japanese saw cuts on a pull stroke. 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 himself. Everything is in reverse.
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