The Yakuza (1974)

Director
Sydney Pollack

Main cast
Robert Mitchum; Ken Takakura; Brian Keith; Herb Edelman; Richard Jordan

Genres
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Description
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...


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