Timothy's Review of The Yakuza
Awesome. I think that the participation of two completely different, highly talented writers in the script might have harmed it, and that some of its power is diluted by everything being explained and stated three times or so, and I think Mitchum is perhaps miscast (I would have preferred Bill Holden, personally), but otherwise, it's great, I think. It's got its emotional beats, to be sure, but primarily it's a film that excels at kicking ass and taking names. I'm surprised at how well Pollack took to the material - it demonstrates considerable versatility from him, which is what I like to see. A really undervalued piece of work.