An American FBI agent is lured away by the Japanese Mafia--the Yakuza--in this action film.

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Nick Davis / David Brandt
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Shuji Sawamoto
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Dino Campanela
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Sam
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Kazuo
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Yuko (as Cristina Lawson)
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Littman
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Isshin Tendo
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Vic
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Taka (as James Katsuyuki Taenaka)
Saiko Isshiki ...
Aya
Fritz Mashimo ...
Okazaki
Jeff Bankert ...
Medical Student
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John Hammil ...
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When Nick Davis leaves prison after one year in solitaire, he is hired to operate forklift in a warehouse in the harbor owned by the Japanese Yakuza patriarch Isshin Tendo. The place is assaulted by the Italian Mafia leaded by Dino Campanela and Nick rescues and saves the life of Shuji Sawamoto, who is the representative of Yakuza interests in America. Shuji hires Nick to work for Yakuza and becomes his godfather in the family after his oath to join Yakuza. However, Nick is a lonely FBI undercover agent assigned to penetrate in the criminal organization. When the FBI discovers that Campanela is organizing a massive attack to destroy the Yakuza, Nick's boss Littman calls off the operation to leave the dirty work to the Italian Mafia. But the connection of Nick with Shuji and his goddaughter Yuko forces him to help his Japanese family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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22 December 1993 (Japan)  »

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Amerikai jakuza  »

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When the young doctor demands Nick's ring in payment, Nick smashes him into the wall before giving it to him. Viggo Mortenson really broke the wall when he did this, surprising the crew. See more »

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(at around 1 min) When the Japanese bodyguard fires the last bullet out of the Thompson machine gun, the scene cuts to a shot of the spent bullet casings hitting the ground. As the shells hit the ground, you can clearly see the that ends of the cartridges, where the bullet exits the shell have been crimped, indicating that these are spent blanks. Real spent bullet casings are smooth. See more »

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Followed by Back to Back (1996) See more »

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Won't Be Long
Written by Bro.KORN
Published © 1990 by Burning Publishers Co., Ltd. & FUJIPACIFIC MUSIC INC.
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Yakuza vs. Italian mafia
8 June 2002 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

A story of a police who infiltrates inside Yakuza which has business in US soil. But soon he discovers the beauty and respect of family he's offered place in.. Companela's guys, Italian mafiosos are seen arrogant and dumb, while Japanese criminals are somewhat peace loving; a bit too romantic setting. But still, not bad setting. Ryo Ishibashi acts well as Japanese Yakuza, and Viggo Mortensen is ever so cool.


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