The Outsider is a 2018 Japanese-American crime drama thriller film directed by Martin Zandvliet.

Official trailers

Netflix on Thursday, February 22, 2018 released the trailer:
The Outsider | Official Trailer | Netflix.

Story intro

Taking place in 1954 after the Allied occupation of Japan following the Second World War, Nick Lowell is the only non-Japanese inmate in an Osaka prison. Most other inmates are Yakuza criminals, recognizable by their Irezumi tattoos. Nick saves a Yakuza named Kiyoshi from being hanged to death, whose Shiromatsu Yakuza clan repays his debt by arranging Nick's release. He is also offered a job: Anthony Panetti, an American copper tradesman with a deep hatred for the Japanese, has refused to negotiate a deal with the Shiromatsu clan, but has agreed to a deal with a different clan because they sent an American to talk to Panetti. Nick agrees to "cancel out" the other American, but ends up violently beating Panetti on the head with a typewriter just a minute into the conversation instead. When the rival Seizu Yakuza clan from Kobe challenges the Shiromatsu clan at their own strip club, Nick attacks their leader, nearly causing a shootout. Kiyoshi takes a liking to Nick, giving him an expensive apartment and a suit. He further entrusts Nick with driving his drunk sister Miyu home after he catches her partying at the Shiromatsu establishment. Nick spends the night with her and becomes more heavily embroiled with the Shiromatsu clan, taking the role of a violent enforcer. He continues his relationship with Miyu and gets an Irezumi tattoo on his back. The Shiromatsu clan is under pressure from the rivaling clans, largely due to the ageing Shiromatsu patriarch's refusal to adapt to the rapidly changing post-war economy. Kiyoshi sends Nick to the harbor to handle a black market weapons deal, where he is attacked by four Seizu clan members, killing two. To avoid a war with the Seizu clan and as an apology, Nick and Kiyoshi perform an act of yubitsume. The severed joints are sent to the Seizu clan leader, who accepts. During a Sumo event the Seizu clan leader offers the Shiromatsu patriarch the possibility to retire in peace by assimilating his clan, which the old man refuses. Nick is brought to a Yakuza initiation ritual at an old temple and becomes a full member of the clan.


Jared Leto
Nick Lowell
Kippei Shiina
Shiori Kutsuna
Tadanobu Asano
Min Tanaka
Emile Hirsch
Paulie Bowers
Rory Cochrane
Anthony Panetti
Young Dais


Principal photography began in Tokyo, Japan in late September 2016.

The film The Outsider was scheduled to be released by Netflix on March 9, 2018.

The duration of the film is 120 minutes.

External links

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