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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?


The film's plot borrows heavily from Kinji Fukasaku 's "The Yakuza Papers". 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 »


Prison Warden: [in Japanese] Get on your knees. Are you proud of yourself for saving him? You'd better mind your own business.
[to Kiyoshi]
Prison Warden: You thought you could get this note out? What is this?
[hits Kiyoshi and shows note to Nick]
Prison Warden: What is this? I'm asking you! What is this?
Nick Lowell: I don't speak Japanese.
Prison Warden: [hits Nick] Throw him in solitary.
[to Kiyoshi]
Prison Warden: Nobody knows that you're here. You'll never get out of here.
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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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A predictable but enjoyable ride
1 April 2018 | by Deadiron29See all my reviews

The story is a fairly by the numbers mafia drama in terms of structure but,it is very well executed. The sense of high stakes is always present trough the whole film, every action has a consequence. As the script has no unnecessary filler plots, it keeps the story moving at a prefect pace.

The main themes of the movie are brotherhood and revenge, and even if the characters ar not too deep, you get to know them enough to care for them in dangerous situations and you feel some empathy for the main character in his struggle ro fit into a violent world that does not treat him as an equal Nick is not a hero or a good person at all but he shows enough principles for the audience to understand his perspective.

Is this movie unique? Not at all but it more than a time waster that deserves your attention.

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