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Blue Tiger (1994)

A woman dedicates her life to seeking revenge after her son is killed by crossfire as Japanese gangsters perform a hit.

Director:

Norberto Barba

Writers:

Takashige Ichise (story) (as Taka Ichise), Joel Soisson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Madsen ... Gina Hayes
Tôru Nakamura ... Seiji
Dean Hallo Dean Hallo ... Henry Soames
Ryo Ishibashi ... Gan
Sal Lopez ... Luis
Yuji Okumoto ... Lieutenant Sakagami
Harry Dean Stanton ... Smith
Brenda Varda ... Emily
François Chau ... Soya
Henry Mortensen ... Darin Hayes
Claudia Templeton ... Nun
Toshishiro Obata Toshishiro Obata ... Kunimatsu
John Hammil John Hammil ... Pharmacist
Chris DeRose Chris DeRose ... Detective
Thomas 'Doc' Boguski Thomas 'Doc' Boguski ... Coroner
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Storyline

Gena witnesses the murder of her son by a Japanees hit-man. He accidentally shoots the boy during a hit on a rival gang of bus operators. Gena then dedicates her life to revenge, and seeks out the gunman. But are the other (mystical) influences involved ? Written by Rob Hartill

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What she just saw could kill her.

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong and brutal violence, and for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1994 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Tiger: A Marca da Vingança See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Michael Madsen: a gun salesman. Madsen is the brother of star Virginia Madsen. See more »

Quotes

Smith: Ever heard of the Yakuza? If you ever meet one, go the other way.
Gina Hayes: I'm afraid that's a little too late for me, Mr. Smith.
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References Carlito's Way (1993) See more »

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An ambitious revenge drama
8 March 2006 | by khalifakhellaSee all my reviews

"Blue Tiger" is a rare example of ambition almost overcoming budget, almost. The film tells the story of a young single mother who loses her 5 year old son when he is hit by a stray bullet in an attempt on a crime-lord's life by a Yakuza hit-man and her obsessive descent into the American Yakkuza underworld in search of her son's killer. The story which is rather original and urgent, is told in a straightforward manner, with some moments of stylish direction by Norberto Barba and cinematographer Christopher Walling who manage to give the film a much more lush look than would be expected from such a low-budget effort. But what truly sets this film apart are the combination of the stylish production and the energetic performances of the cast headed by the ever admirable Virginia Madsen who gives a touching and mesmerizing performance as the revenge-bent mother. Despite a mostly mediocre (and sometimes annoying) musical score, a first half that suffers from overly choppy editing that doesn't allow the first act enough time to breathe and develop properly and some misjudged moments of melodrama, this is one of those forgotten, ambitious B-movies that deserve a second chance for its sheer energy and ambition to transcend its humble origins.


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