|Ken Takakura & Robert Mitchum|
The Yakuza is a stylish, well made film that is a bit leisurely paced by today’s action film standards, but is well worth a look. The story is a meditation on honor, dealing with your obligations, keeping the promises you make, and dealing with the fallout from the secrets you keep. It’s much more than a shoot ‘em up movie, though there is quite a bit of gun & swordplay in the film. The screenplay is by Paul Schrader & Robert Towne, from a story by Leonard Schrader (Paul’s brother). The wonderful score is by jazz great Dave Grusin. It's one of director Pollack’s more unusual films, but I think it’s one of his best. Interestingly enough, he made this movie right around the same time he helmed the classic espionage thriller Three Days of The Condor, with Robert Redford & Faye Dunaway. The Yakuza is available on DVD and for online viewing on some sites, such as Amazon.