Netflix has released its trailer for The Outsider, starring Jared Leto. “Set in post-WWII Japan, an imprisoned American soldier (Leto) is released with the help of his Yakuza cellmate,” the synopsis reads. Now free, he sets out to earn their respect and repay his debt while navigating the dangerous criminal underworld.” The trailer looks intense and bloody, but Leto’s eerie presence brings a different twist to the crime genre.
If you’re not familiar with the yakuza, CNN explains: “The yakuza is a blanket term for Japan’s organized crime groups: The country’s mafia. They were traditionally federations of gamblers and street merchants, but while the yakuza like to tout their history as going back hundreds of years, the oldest continuous group is, author Kazuhiko Murakami estimates, probably the Aizukotetsu-kai in Kyoto, founded in the 1870s.”
But some critics have pointed out that the film bends and breaks the rules of the yakuza with seeming disregard for history or reality, while others have accused the film of white-washing, questioning the need to focus a movie set in Asia around a white lead. With strong feelings both for and against the film, it will be interesting to see what the reception looks like once it is released.
You can see the whole trailer here:
According to Netflix, the film will be released on March 9th.