An epic set in post-WWII Japan and centered on an American former G.I. who joins the yakuza.

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Martin Zandvliet

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Andrew Baldwin
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Jared Leto ... Nick Lowell
Tadanobu Asano ... Kiyoshi
Kippei Shîna ... Orochi
Shioli Kutsuna ... Miyu
Emile Hirsch ... Paulie Bowers
Ray Nicholson ... American Stock Broker
Rory Cochrane ... Anthony Panetti
Nao Ohmori ... Hiromitsu
Min Tanaka ... Akihiro
Masaki Miura Masaki Miura ... Kentaro
Shun Sugata ... Prison Warden
Hiroya Shimizu Hiroya Shimizu ... Banjo
Hiro Hiro ... Satoru
Young Dais ... Takeshi
Gô Jibiki ... Eiichi
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An epic set in post-WWII Japan and centered on an American former G.I. who joins the yakuza.

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Jared Leto and Rory Cochrane also worked together in Sunset Strip (2000). See more »

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The opening shot features large letters across the screen saying, "Osaka, 1954" while simultaneously showing a 1960 Chrysler Crown Imperial Le Baron. See more »

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Orochi: [to Nick] You understand? You understand my English?
[shouts]
Orochi: Huh?
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Mambo No. 5
Written by Dámaso Pérez Prado (as Perez Prado)
Performed by Orquesta Outsidera
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Like all outsiders, bit of an oddity
9 March 2018 | by ajwh-53593See all my reviews

This should've been great. As a concept, the fish out of water storyline is a tried and tested formula, and the setting within the Yakuza in post-WW2 Japan was potentially an inspired choice. However, it didn't delve anywhere near deep enough into these ideas, and instead remained very much on the outside. Perhaps that was a choice of the filmmakers, but as a storytelling device that only works for the characters, not the audience. We need to be let in on the inside.

I was excited about this film because it was picked up a few years ago on the Black List and it seemed to be my kind of story. I don't know if the idea came from Tony Luraschi's 1979 film of the same name about a young American joining the IRA who finds himself out of his depth, but there are many obvious similarities, and not just in the title. The problem with this film though, is that it didn't have the same dramatic conflict or character development. Things just happened and we kind of drifted along with Jared Leto's protagonist, Nick.

We didn't get to know anything of Nick's motivation or much of his backstory. That kept it intriguing for awhile, but by the end I didn't care one bit about him. Although the film was stylish and quite atmospheric, it suffered from poor pacing. When there was action, it was bloody and gory and often spontaneous, which can work to good effect, but I didn't find it particularly shocking because there was no build up of tension.

The whole film was a bit of a mystery to me. It didn't really use the setting of Japan to good effect, apart from a few cool looking scenes, and kind of skimmed the surface of Japanese culture, which to me at least, as an outsider, is utterly fascinating, and was the film's strongest selling point. Nor did it particularly explore the Yakuza in any great detail. I was really hoping for an updated version of The Yakuza (1974) but was left disappointed.

It scores a solid 6/10 because despite its limitations, it's enjoyable enough and it's refreshing to get something a bit different from your usual Hollywood fare. I also thought the cast did a pretty decent job.


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Release Date:

9 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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Japan

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