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When his daughter is kidnapped by the Japanese mafia, Los Angeles shipping magnate George Tanner calls upon his old Army buddy Harry Kilmer to get her back.
Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Release Date: 23-JAN-2007
Media Type: DVD
Complex to the point of being pleasingly convoluted, this Sydney Pollack film (from a terrific script by Robert Towne and Leonard and Paul Schrader) is an intriguing blend of Western and Asian sensibilities. Mitchum, in one of his best roles of the 1970s, is drawn to the Orient by an army buddy (Brian Keith), whose daughter has been kidnapped. But when he gets to Japan, Mitchum finds that her kidnappers are the shadowy Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia--an organization that is as vicious as it is tradition-bound. He must call on friends he made after World War II for favors and finds himself unintentionally trampling on issues of honor, even as he battles for his life and that of the girl he is seeking. Surprisingly heartfelt and deliciously exciting, the film features a sorrowful performance by Mitchum and a stoically touching one by Ken Takakura. And what great samurai swordplay! --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An excellent movie. Too bad its so hard to get. It deals with a Westerners view of the Japanese Martial Arts and Organized Crime. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dean S. Marquis
I am continually surprised no one I talk to about this movie has heard of it. This is really a fantastic gangster/crime movie in every way. Mitchum and Takakura Ken are perfect. Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2000 by Adron Gardner
great movie - i own it on laser disc and would like to get it on dvd and am ordering on video. great insight into the traditions of the east versus the west and how the right... Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2000 by "jempeh"
This movie is one of the best action films to be made in the seventies and late sixties. It stays away from the anti-establishment preachiness so popular during that time and goes... Read morePublished on April 10 2000 by Jeff Cordell
A beautiful film, by any standard. Marshall Fine says it best when he calls it "surprisingly heartfelt and deliciously exciting" in the review above. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 1999 by Anders Runestad
A moving depiction of classical samurai values conflicting with the realities of the modern world. Features fine kenjutsu and iai performances that, though choreographed, are... Read morePublished on Oct. 10 1999