“Ken is a relic — a leftover of another age, of another country.”
Harry Kilmer (Robert Mitchum) goes to Japan to help rescue his friend’s kidnapped daughter from the Yakuza. While there, he rekindles an old romance with Eiko (Keiko Kishi), and must deal with the disapproval of her brother Ken (Takakura Ken).
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Brian Keith Films
- Paul Schrader Films
- Robert Mitchum Films
- Sydney Pollack Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this “interesting, intricately plotted thriller set in Japan” — with “much bloody action counterpoint[ing] the film’s solemn tone” — is more about friendship, loyalty, and cultural differences than gangs and revenge. It remains an unusually perceptive thriller with excellent acting all around (especially by Mitchum and Ken):
… and keeps getting better as it goes along; by the end, I was nearly weeping. A particularly poignant and unexpected plot twist places the rest of the movie in a different light, and makes one tempted to watch the film again from the beginning.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Exciting fight sequences as Mitchum and Ken take on countless Yakuza
- Ken and Harry’s touching final scene together
Yes. This unusual gangster flick is an all around “good show”, and shouldn’t be missed.