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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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An Education in Cliches to Avoid

The best example of cliche ridden "rules of action cinema" catch all coverage with more cliches thrown in to boot. For example, the Japanese speak English when no one is around to overhear. The token strip joint. The filler footage that doesn't support mood, story or entertainment value. The back story of dead loves lost and revenge owed to pretty much everyone anyone seems to encounter anywhere. This film is so wonderfully god awful, like Dukes of Hazard with Yakuza in LA, I'm lead to believe that York Entertainment may transcend even the likes of Full Moon and Troma for attaining levels of sheer cheese. Too bad York Entertainment didn't see fit to include gore or booty to make up for the deep hurting their product otherwise supplies.


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