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The Yakuza

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Complex to the point of being pleasingly convoluted, The Yakuza is an intriguing blend of Western and Asian sensibilities. Harry Kilmer is drawn to the Orient by an army buddy, whose daughter has been kidnapped. But when he gets to Japan, Harry finds that her kidnappers are the shadowy Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia--an organization that is as vicious as it is tradition-boun ...more
Mass Market Paperback, United States Edition, 239 pages
Published 1975 by Warner Brothers
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The Yakuza is one of those most despised of books. A "movie tie-in". But wait.....this one is good. Leonard Schrader was the brother of well known movie director and writer Paul Schrader ( Taxi Driver , American Gigolo ) and the original idea for the story was his. He shares screenwriting credit with his brother and Robert Towne ( Chinatown, Tequila Sunrise ). But the novel is his and it's my understanding more faithful to his original script.

Harry Kilmer is asked by his old war buddy , Georg
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A great book, showcase of Leonard Schrader talent
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It's a really good book although a tough read, lots of graphic killing. I read it a long time ago in translation it was in my father's crime novel collection and I had no idea it was a movie tie-in. It's that good:). Has good characterization and actually gives you a feel for Japan. (As much as I can tell, I'v never been there.)
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Pulp Fiction: The Yakuza (1974) 1 13 May 12, 2012 08:19AM  
He and his brother, Taxi Driver (1976) screenwriter Paul Schrader, were born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Their family, of the Dutch Calvinist religious sect, forbade them to see any movies in their youth. Paul was quoted as saying, "That was a church edict. What they called worldly amusements were prohibited."

It wasn't until he was in college in the 1960s that Schrader saw his first movie.

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