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The Yakuza Way (1998)

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After a three-year prison term in Japan, a yakuza heads for LA to buy two kilos of cocaine. He's going to smuggle it back to Japan, and it's to be his last score: he wants to marry Yoko, ... See full summary »

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Riki Takeuchi ...
Kanuma
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Eiji
Maya Hoshino ...
Rika
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Nicole
Gene Gilmore ...
Frank
Neil Delama ...
Carlos
Frederick Tucker ...
Virgil
Michael Lee Baron ...
Pete (as Michael Baron)
Tom Poster ...
Stan
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Glen (as Warren Stevens)
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Yoko
Yasuke Todo ...
Okita
Melissa Doranne ...
Stacey
Thomas L. Stack Jr. ...
Terry
Preston M. Todd ...
Brian
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After a three-year prison term in Japan, a yakuza heads for LA to buy two kilos of cocaine. He's going to smuggle it back to Japan, and it's to be his last score: he wants to marry Yoko, his long-suffering girlfriend, and get out of the life. But somebody sets him up, Yoko is shot, and he loses the suitcase of dope. He determines to stay in LA, retrieve the coke, and exact revenge: although he's a drug dealer, he still follows the samurai code of the yakuza. Along the way, he learns that his long-lost younger sister is in Los Angeles, and he teams up with an unlikely partner in his quest for justice: a petty thief who's trying to help a young woman get back to Japan. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for strong violence, language, some sexuality and drug content
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Best if Avoided Unless You Want to Make an Action Film
16 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From the opening to the ending, bad acting, bad directing, bad story. The star of this picture was pretty good, but so much of the cast were acting on the level of school play.

There is a lot of action, but much of it suffers believability, well, as does much of the movie too! My favorite cheap stunt is the man being hit by the car. It starts with a bad guy pulling out his gun, the lead actor hearing it and spinning around while pulling his gun out, somehow a Geo Metro approaching from out of frame at 5 miles per hour 'crashes' in to the bad guy, which of course shatters the windshield.

Nothing says action done wrong more than this film. This film's best use is an example of what not to do for anyone who wants to make their own action movie. I did appreciate the directors leg and foot focus which appears at the establishing shots of any scene with a female in it.


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