An epic set in post-WWII Japan and centered on an American former G.I. who joins the yakuza.
User Reviews: This is an awesome movie! Jared Leto delivers, great acting and beautiful cinematography. TBH there are few actors who could have delivered such impact without a ton dialogue. The story is told in details and imagery. The movie draws you in and builds a world and atmosphere through artfully delivered scenes and visuals, from the quietly and brutally violent scenes you’d expect from a movie about the yakuza, to moody night scenes and quiet conversations between brothers having a drink, to a tatoo artist artfully working on her craft. Words are used sparingly, but they have more impact that way.
At a time when films are so often overdone with spectacle, this movie was unexpectedly quiet and refreshing… The pace may be a little slow compared to alot of the ADHD generation stuff out these days, but it is artfully crafted – in much the way Blade Runner 2046 quietly creates an atmosphere and story in a fururistic cyberpunk world, this movie builds a world around the Yakuza in1950s Japan… These are great under appreciated movies that build a story through visuals and well crafted moments more than through a ton of unnecessary dialogue…