Netflix’s New Movie ‘The Outsider’ Sets Jared Leto Up as a Yakuza Gang Member

The film is slated for worldwide release on March 9, and has been accused of whitewashing with its casting of Jared Leto.

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Netflix’s latest film The Outsider features Jared Leto becoming initiated into the Yakuza gang in a post-war Japan, and immediately being sucked into the complex workings of their underworld.

Jared Leto plays the role of Nick Lowell, an American soldier who becomes a Japanese prisoner of war. He fights for release from prison with the help of a cellmate who is part of Japan’s criminal underworld gang, the Yakuza. In order to repay his cellmate for his release Leto joins the Japanese gang, becoming ensnared in the dark world of organised crime.

The film has had mixed reviews, most commenting on the lack of modern or historical basis for a white American being accepted into the Yakuza. It is unheard of for a White American to be accepted into the notorious Japanese gang, and weirder still that they would title the film ‘The Outsider’, when the Yakuza’s primary way of recruiting new members is by promoting themselves as an outsider force.

Netflix has received huge backlash by casting Leto as a Yakuza member, with many people claiming they are white washing. After all, the film is set entirely in Asia and yet the lead is a White American male. One person tweeted: “Seriously, how hard is it to hire an Asian-American actor for this type of shit? Still gets the outsider point across.”

The film will drop on March 9 and we’re keen to see how audiences review it. You can watch the Official Trailer now:

 

 

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