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Ulterior Motives (1993)

On the eve of a big US-Japan trade summit, a reporter gets a hot tip that the Japanese-American head of a big aerospace firm will be selling trade secrets to a Japanese contact. Intent on ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Blaylock
Craig Shugart ...
Guard #1
David Efron ...
Guard #2
Cameron Michael Erwin ...
Child in Restaurant
Hayward Nishioka ...
Sakagami / Sakagami Imposter
Bill M. Ryusaki ...
Yakuza #1
Masami Saito ...
Japanese Woman
Toshishiro Obata ...
Bull Neck Yakuza
Tyra Ferrell ...
Malcolm Carter
Sakagami Secretary
Mail Boy


On the eve of a big US-Japan trade summit, a reporter gets a hot tip that the Japanese-American head of a big aerospace firm will be selling trade secrets to a Japanese contact. Intent on getting a scoop, the reporter hires private investigator John Blaylock to help her find out just what information is being handed over. In the course of snooping, the pair are discovered, but not before they learn that the Japanese contact is a member of the Yakuza. When the aerospace executive turns up dead after an apparent suicide, the investigators realize that some very big secrets are being kept by some very important people. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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You've seen Seagal, Van Damme and Norris. Now...meet the new contender


Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence. | See all certifications »




Release Date:

6 January 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Falska motiv  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

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During a scene in the mortuary, the tannoy voice calls for Dr David, Dr Blair and Dr J Hamilton. This audio clip is similar to that appearing at the beginning of the Progressive Metal album Operation Mindcrime by Queensryche (1988). This perhaps foreshadows later events in the film, given the parallel themes between the movie and album. See more »


I Wanna Hold You Right
Music and Words by Yukihide Takekawa (as Takekawa Yukihide) and Suzanne K. Kim
Vocals by Joe Yamanaka
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Above average thriller
16 July 2000 | by (Bristol, England) – See all my reviews

Thomas Ian Griffith, the cut price Steven Seagal, stars in this above average action thriller. The story centers around a New York journalist (Mary Page Keller) who suspects a Japanese businessman of selling American military secrets to Japan. To help her get to the truth she employs the services of a private investigator (Griffith) and before long the body count starts to rise. The action scenes are typical for this type of movie but the plot, storyline and characters are well above average. If your a fan of action movies, there is plenty here for you and Thomas Ian Griffith does it just as well as Seagal or Van Damme.

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