Sunday, February 22, 2015
East meets West in the form of two iconic stars in this special tribute to the late Japanese gangster film star Ken Takakura, here teamed with Robert Mitchum in a thriller set in the treacherous waters of the Tokyo’s criminal underworld. Retired cop Kilmer (Mitchum) returns to Japan after many years to help a businessmen and old army buddy (Brian Keith) whose daughter has been kidnapped by a Yakuza boss. Navigating the complex codes of the Yakuza ethos, he is guided by Ken (Takakura), a former gangster and brother of Kilmer’s old flame, but betrayals and double crosses lie ahead. Working with a screenplay written by Robert Towne, Paul Schrader, and Leonard Schrader, Pollack proves he’s fully capable of handling riveting action choreography.