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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 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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Trivia

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 »

Connections

Follows American Yakuza (1993) See more »

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Memphis Sun
Performed by Orion
Written by Murry Nellum
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Not great, but plenty violent
17 June 2008 | by ctomvelu-1See all my reviews

That terrific character actor Michael Rooker stars in the poorly titled BACK TO BACK, about a perpetually angry ex-cop caught up in a feud between the Japanese and American mobs. Against his better judgment, he teams up with a Yakuza killer (Ryo Ishibashi) to take down a capo who owes money to the Yakuza. The ex-cop's teen daughter (Danielle Harris of HALLOWEEN sequels fame) is along for the ride, and some of the best parts of the movie are the constant bickering between dad and daughter. Shot locally in L.A. and filled with Hollywood types in unnecessary cameos (Tim Thomerson, Bobcat Goldthwait, Fred Willard), the film leans heavily on Rooker, and he comes through as a divorced, aging dad with extreme anger management issues. Whatever the movie may lack otherwise, like a budget and a script, is at least partially made up for in the frequent, John Woo-style shootouts and fistfights, all of which are gorgeously bloody and well-staged. Good for insomniacs, like me. All others, approach with caution.


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Official Sites:

First Look Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1996 (USA) 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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