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.
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