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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.


Martin Zandvliet


Andrew Baldwin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Shun Sugata ... Prison Warden
Hiroya Shimizu Hiroya Shimizu ... Banjo
Hiro Hiro ... Satoru
Young Dais Young Dais ... Takeshi
Gô Jibiki ... Eiichi


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

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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English | Japanese

Release Date:

9 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Tadanobu Asano has portrayed Hogun in the MCU Thor movies, while Jared Leto has portrayed The Joker in the DCEU Suicide Squad movie. Tadanobu Asano previously worked with Takeshi Miike in Ichi: The Killer who was previously attached to direct this film. Ichi: The Killer became an underground cult in the United States with Asano playing the films sado/masochistic antagonist. See more »


Early in the movie, when the waitress hands Jered Leto a beer, it's a long neck Bud instead of the stubby beer bottles that were used back in the day, See more »


Kiyoshi: I need you to keep me from dying and make sure the guards come.
[stabs himself]
Nick Lowell: [in Japanese] Guard! Guard! Hey! Hey! Help! Hey! Help! He cut himself!
Guard: Number 129. Emergency! Ring the emergency bell!
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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 neener3707See 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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