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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 ... Prison Warden
Hiroya Shimizu Hiroya Shimizu ... Banjo
Hiro Hiro ... Satoru
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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The film's plot borrows heavily from Kinji Fukasaku 's "The Yakuza Papers". See more »


When Nick runs into his buddy from pre-prison, the friend mentions rerunning into someone from his old unit. Then later mentions he's not in the Army anymore, but his friend is wearing a Marine uniform. See more »


Kiyoshi: [in Japanese] What are you doing here?
Miyu: What does it look like? I'm dancing.
Kiyoshi: I told you not to come here.
Miyu: Why? What's wrong?
Kiyoshi: No reason. Just go home.
Miyu: No.
Kiyoshi: Don't test me. What would you do if the Seizu men walked in with guns in their hands?
Miyu: [chuckles] Why would they come? Where are they?
Kiyoshi: I'm saying what if they came?
[in English]
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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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Good Movie, See For Yourself and Ignore Critics
11 March 2018 | by rodrigorossi300See all my reviews

Before watching the movie I looked for any kind of Internet reviews, as I usually do, and what I found kind of surprised me, since they were VERY low ratings, like Metacritic's. It was disappointing at first, because I was really looking foward to watching it, but since I love oriental/yakuza themed movies and had nothing better to do anyways, I decided to give it a chance.

For starters, I enjoyed it a lot! It's not by any means a masterpiece, but it was a very solid movie with good casting and good plot. If you are into the japanese culture as I am, I can guarantee you are going to have a good time as well. Maybe because my expectations were set very low (by the reviews and ratings) I ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would.

The acting is very convincing and even though Jared Leto's character doesn't talk much, I believe it was the author intention to give him this blank and mysterious background. The other, japanese, characters are also very well portrayed, but not much development is given into them. The post WW-II Japan's atmosphere is amazing, and it does give you a feeling about the underground yakuza world at the time.

For what I think could have been better, the pacing was a bit too slow at times and the story is VERY predictable once you figure out who the bad guy is. It could also have developed a bit better our main protagonist, I understand he's supposed to be mysterious, but almost NOTHING is given to us about his background or anything that could explain why he acts the way he does throught the movie (maybe a sequel exploring it, who knows?).

Nonetheless, it was a good movie and I strongly advise you ignore the critics and go watch it for yourself and, hopefully, help spreading the word afterwards too!

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