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Hard As Nails (2001)

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After being punished for disobedience and arranging an arms deal with Russian mobsters, young member Takura violently takes over control of his Japanese mafia family. Takura takes advantage... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Allen Scotti ...
Alexi
Kim Yates ...
Kat
Andrew Craig ...
Vlad
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Takura
Lorissa McComas ...
Deb (as Larissa McComas)
John Timmons ...
Tony
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Margo
Chona Jason ...
Tic (as Jade)
Shannon Reynolds ...
Mikhail
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Crosby
Jade ...
Tic
Matthew Pollino ...
Tac (as Richard Matthews)
Jerry Katz ...
Igore (as Jerome Katz)
Nicole Mercier ...
Julie
Andre McCoy ...
Yakuza Enforcer (as Andre "Chyna" McCoy)
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After being punished for disobedience and arranging an arms deal with Russian mobsters, young member Takura violently takes over control of his Japanese mafia family. Takura takes advantage of his new position and is proceeding his deal with the Russians, his recklessness attracts the attention of an undercover cop. Written by Lance_Burton

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In a world of betrayal and deception, you must be... Hard as Nails

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for strong violence, sexuality, language and some drug use | See all certifications »
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stylish, funny, dramatic
17 August 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

While being a true Corman flick, with his share of breasts, cliche' dialogue, super-hero cops and stereotyped foreign villains, the film still manages very strong moments and scenes of genuine emotional impact. These moments of "true" human drama are intermixed with over-the-top, sword-swinging action and adrenaline-charged martial arts sequences. The odd coexistence of typical elements of Corman's B-movies with straight in-your-face drama and subtle irony is pulled together by a stylish cinematography that, at times, seems to support the full dramatic element of the film while, often, shifts towards a cartoonish and surreal style that seems to actually negate the seriousness of the events. The film's tone, therefore, constantly shifts from truly dramatic to moments where things are purposely exaggerated and off-the wall, seemingly mocking the "noir" genre. One moment you are emotionally involved in the characters' pain, then the next scene mocks the viewer saying "it's all a big joke!". It is this clever, constant stylistic shift, combined with break-neck action, that make this film worth watching.


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