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When the governor of Tokyo is killed in his campaign for election, the former CIA agent Travis Hunter is assigned to find the responsible working together with the rookie FBI agent Sean. Travis was raised in Japan, has great connections with the underworld of the streets and is a master in sword and martial arts, trained by a former member of Yakuza. Travis discloses that there is a war between the old and traditional members of Yakuza and the new generation leaded by the deranged and sick Kuroda, who has associated to the Chinese Tong mobster Chen in a powerful drug dealing business. When his fiancée Nayako is brutally and cowardly murdered by one of Kuroda's men, the mission of Travis becomes a personal issue and he seeks revenge. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Director mink actually shot the film in Super 35 with the intention of framing the completed picture in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio, but when Sony decided to send the film straight to DVD, the studio instead re-framed the picture to 1.85:1. See more »
For the filming of Japan scenes, there are far too many left-hand drive vehicles to make the scenes believable as Japan. See more »
[to a yakuzi member on his food]
You eat this shit?
[stabs yakuzi member in the throat with a set of chopsticks]
Eat your chopsticks
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Steven Seagal now as a tough agent in the country which he truly lived
Governor Tokio is murdered and an agent , Travis Hunter , (Steven Seagal) and his partner (Matthew Davis) are assigned by CIA Chief (William Atherton) to resolve it and going to track down the responsible terrorist , a Japanese version of the Mafia (Yakuza) . However , the terrorist killing is only a string part of violence and corruption . A new leader Yakuza is planning a scheme to create an enormous dealing drug organization with the Chinese Mafia (The Tongs) . Thus , Travis Hunter along with his pal must detain the operation and remain alive . This new generation of Yakuza along with Tongs are getting into big business and interfering business old Yakuza . There were rules Yakuza respected and followed in the past but these rules do not apply to the new generation . For introducing themselves into gangsters spheres , they simulate being a master or ¨sensei¨(Seagal) and his pupil or ¨deshi¨ (Davis) . Besides , getting into neighbourhood where Seagal actually grew up and he explains that all organised crime gathers and does their things there , all kinds of organised crime (Tong, Yakuza) they are all centralised , there is major struggle for turf and for power , most of that power comes from heroin or ¨shabu¨ as they call it there .
It's a westernized oriental action film with an interesting mingle of suspense , buddy movie , martial arts , ancient ritual with typical code of honour and actual Japanese places . Abundant fists fights as swords struggles in which arms and body parts are slice off here and there and limbs are slit open everywhere or blasted apart . Cruel and savage murders make only recommended for those adults no squeamish and with strong stomach enough to take it . The motion picture was professionally directed by Mink . Rating : Passable and entertaining.
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