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The Outsider (2018)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nick Lowell
... Kiyoshi
... Orochi
... Miyu
... Paulie Bowers
Ray Nicholson ... American Stock Broker
... Anthony Panetti
... Hiromitsu
... Akihiro
Masaki Miura ... Kentaro
Shun Sugata ... Prison Warden
Hiroya Shimizu ... Banjo
Hiro ... Satoru
Young Dais ... Takeshi
... Eiichi


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

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9 March 2018 (USA)  »

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At one point, Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike was slated to direct the film with Tom Hardy on the titular role. However, they both dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Jeremy Renner was considered as a replacement before Jared Leto was cast. See more »


Nick Lowell: [quietly] Akihiro. He's dead. He's gone. Orochi, he killed him. Now, you pack a bag and we go together. Yes?
Miyu: Yes.
Nick Lowell: Okay. Now get your things, and we leave. Now. Now!
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Featured in The Month in Movies: March 2018 (2018) See more »


Japanese Farewell Song
Written by Freddy Morgan
Performed by The Club Nisei Orchestra (as Club Nisei Orchestra)
Courtesy of Cord International & Hana Ola Records
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Very Cool, Not Without Flaws, But Still Great
9 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

I for one thoroughly enjoyed this Netflix film, which is rare. Not sure what th deal with Metacritic rating it so low because I found it to be above average compared to most streaming originals. If you don't know the story, go ahead and watch the trailer, and for me, I was immediately drawn in to it by the trailer, because I'm a big fan of Asian crime films. And this film was not a let down in nearly any way. I loved the story, such a unique one in the time of super hero garbage and needless remakes of classics. The story pulled me in and the world it creates is a well represented one, definitely channeling other very successful Asian crime films. The action was true to the genre and definitely satisfied me.

Unfortunately not all the actors shined. Don't get me wrong, some had great performances, but others just seemed to be playing themselves, which I hate. As I said before, the world is well put together, seems very authentic with pretty good cinematography. I didn't like the pacing at some parts of the film but that really had no effect on the enjoyable experience. So I would say this is a pretty decent breathe of fresh air to see on Netflix, better than the majority of bombs that they put out into the public.

I would highly recommend it.

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