Storyline of The Yakuza
Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George’s kidnapped daughter – and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia…
widely unrecognized gem
I have to agree with the preponderance of viewers here who rate this as a neglected classic of the 70’s. All aspects of the film – performances, script, and direction – raise this to the level of greatness. This is certainly among Mitchum’s greatest performances – his subdued, world-weary toughness undergirds the movie. The story as has been noted, is a rich and multilayered one with a sadness that aspires to and quite nearly reaches the level of tragedy. It also must be noted that this is one of the most effective portrayals of Japanese culture on celluloid. The movie does not shrink from violence; the various scenes of assassination and slaughter could have been done by Peckinpah.
So good I can’t believe that not only had I not seen it but not even heard of it