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This review is from: The Yakuza (DVD)
Harry Kilmer(Robert Mitchum)returns to Japan after 20 years to intercede on the behalf of an old friend George Tanner(Brian Keith)who has fallen foul of the powerful Tono clan in business.However not all is at it seems and Kilmer ends up getting old flame Eiko(Kishi Keiko)and her "brother Tanaka Ken(Takakura Ken)involved in a complex and haunting tale of honour and betrayal.
Atypical material for Sydney Pollack(written by Paul Schrader and Robert Towne)is however beautifully judged with Pollack capturing the contradiction of Japanese hi-tech business and the culture's pathological adherence to an historical code of honour with great skill.
Both Mitchum and Ken are first rate and the Yakuza,if a touch humourless,delivers some brutal action.One of the best thrillers of the 1970's.
The one extra is an excellent vintage featurette which shows just how many obstacles Pollack had to overcome and ultimately embrace to deliver this movie.