YAKUZA, THE (1974)
Former private-eye Harry Kilmer (Robert Mitchum) knows a lot about Japan — and the gangsters who keep an iron grip on its gambling, prostitution and protection rackets. He knows there's a right way to approach the brutal underworld. And he knows there's one thing powerful mobsters respect: greater power. Powered by a team of Hollywood heavy-hitters — writers Paul Schrader (TAXI DRIVER) and Robert Towne (CHINATOWN) and director Sydney Pollack (OUT OF AFRICA) — and a supporting cast including Ken Takakura (BLACK RAIN), Brian Keith (THE PARENT TRAP) and Kishi Keiko (EARLY SPRING), this haunting East-meets-West neo-noir has risen to the status of cult classic. (Note adapted from Warner Bros.) DIR/PROD Sydney Pollack; SCR Paul Schrader, Robert Towne. U.S./Japan, 1974, color, 112 min. In English and Japanese with English subtitles. RATED R
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