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Back to Back (1996)

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An ex-cop finds himself caught up in a battle between Japanese mobsters and local gangland thugs and discovers that he was framed for wrong-doings by a corrupt cop.

Director:

Roger Nygard

Writers:

Scott Nimerfro (as Lloyd Keith), Roger Nygard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Rooker ... Bob Malone
Ryo Ishibashi ... Koji
Danielle Harris ... Chelsea
John Laughlin ... Dussecq
Kô Takasugi Kô Takasugi ... Hideo
Bobcat Goldthwait ... Psycho
Vincent Schiavelli ... Leonardo
Stephen Furst ... Jimmy
Tim Thomerson ... Thomas
Fred Willard ... Loan Officer
Frank D'Amico Frank D'Amico ... Delorenzo
Leland Orser ... Wheelchair Guy
Jake Johannsen ... Officer Jones
Yasushi Kojima Yasushi Kojima ... Joe Snapper
Michael Ray Miller ... Deviant
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An ex-cop finds himself caught up in a battle between Japanese mobsters and local gangland thugs and discovers that he was framed for wrong-doings by a corrupt cop. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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yakuza | hitman | escape | mafia | revolver | See All (49) »

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It's time to clean house

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Action | Drama

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Rated R for strong violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

First Look Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1996 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Back to Back: American Yakuza 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color
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Was released as "American Yakuza 2" in the UK. See more »

Alternate Versions

German Rental-Video (rated 18) misses many of the violent moments See more »

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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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Nicotine Lara
Performed by Iris
Written by Scott Bergman
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Daft but watchable
15 February 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Retired cop Malone finds himself caught up in a battle between Japanese Yakuza and local mobsters when a psycho bombs a restaurant. He joins forces with Koji in order to protect his daughter and not only discovers that he was framed by a corrupt cop but also discovers a lot about honour and friendship.

When I saw this as American Yakuza 2, I didn't expect much, and I wasn't disappointed. The story relies on unlikely events to get moving and keep moving. For example the whole chain of events that bring Malone and Koji together is set off by a psycho's unlikely hostage situation in a diner! This is typical of the story, in that big dumb situations are used to drive the plot. However, I have to admit that it wasn't terrible. Yes, it's very predictable and quite silly but it is generally quite entertaining and actually has some genuinely good moments.

Rooker is an OK actor but rarely gets good leads - here is no exception. Danielle Harris is quite good as his daughter, while Ishibashi is good as Koji. The rest of the cast are nothing more than cop and mobster stereotypes that fill out the cast.

Overall it's not great but if you're in the mood it's reasonably enjoyable without being too demanding on the old grey matter.


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