The Yakuza

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The Yakuza ★★½ Brotherhood of the Yakuza 1975 (R)

An ex G.I. (Mitchum) returns to Japan to help an old army buddy find his kidnapped daughter. He learns the daughter has been kidnapped by the Japanese version of the Mafia (the Yakuza) and he must call on old acquaintances to help free her. A westernized oriental gangster drama with a nice blend of buddy moments, action, ancient ritual, and modern Japanese locations. 112m/C VHS, DVD . Robert Mitchum, Richard Jordan, Ken Takakura, Brian Keith, Herb Edelman; D: Sydney Pollack; W: Paul Schrader, Leonard Schrader, Robert Towne; M: Dave Grusin.