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A Japanese gangster is exiled to Los Angeles where his brother lives with a small but respectable multi-racial gang, who he inspires to expand their influence.

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Cast

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Aniki Yamamoto (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
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Denny
Claude Maki ...
Ken
Masaya Katô ...
Shirase
Susumu Terajima ...
Kato
Royale Watkins ...
Jay
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Mo
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Harada (as Ren Ôsugi)
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Ishihara
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Sugimoto
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Latifa (as Tatyana M. Ali)
Makoto Ôtake ...
Chief of Police
Kôen Okumura ...
Hanaoka
Naomasa Musaka ...
Hisamatsu
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Night Club Madame
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Jinseikai Boss
Ren Murakami ...
Minamino
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Marina
Wanda-Lee Evans ...
Denny's Mother
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Roberto
Koyo Into ...
Nishida
Alan Marco ...
Bellboy (as Alan Garcia)
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Colin
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Mafia Boss Rossi
Nynno Ahli ...
Oscar (as Nynno Ali)
Paul Feddersen ...
Limo Driver
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Killer Waiter
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Mexican Mafia Officer
Anthony Vatsula ...
Mexican Mafia Officer
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Victor's Deputy
Luis Angel ...
Victor's Henchman
Bradley Jay Lesley ...
Moose (as Brad 'The Animal' Lesley)
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Yamamoto's Bodyguard
Tomas Chavez ...
Victor's Driver
Don Sato ...
Sushi Bar Owner
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Sushi Bar Part-Timer
Yauoi Otani ...
Sushi Bar Waitress (as Yayoi Otani)
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Prostitute (as Tuesday Night)
Yuji Hasegawa ...
Whorehouse Customer
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Sly (as Chuma Hunter-Gault)
Kool Moe Dee ...
Jack
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Taxi Driver
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Victor
Jack Ong ...
Chinese Boss
Tad Horino ...
Coffee Shop Owner
Mike Wu ...
Chinese Boss
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Doctor
Herschel Sparber ...
Geppetti's Bodyguard
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Mafia Boss Geppetti
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Mexican Mafia Hitman (as Christopher Dergregorian)
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Mexican Mafia Hitman
Eddie Garcia ...
Mexican Mafia Henchman
Rainbow Borden ...
Yamomoto's Henchman
Manny Gavino ...
Yamomoto's Henchman
Hiroshi Otaguro ...
Yamomoto's Henchman
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Yamomoto's Henchman
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Shirase's Henchman
Yoshi Tomo Kaneda ...
Mafia Hitman (as Akira Kaneda)
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Rossi's Bodyguard
Shôken Kunimoto ...
Ohyama
Shûhei Saga ...
Matsumoto
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yûji Ishikawa
Takashi Nishina
Mikage Sano
Ryosuke Watabe
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Thug 3 (uncredited)
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Mexican hitman (uncredited)
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Mexican Mafia Soldier (uncredited)
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Mexican Mafia Soldier (uncredited)
Miguel Mas ...
Mexican Mafia Hitman (uncredited)
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Guy at the poker table (uncredited)
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First Mexican Mafia Boss (uncredited)

Directed by

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Takeshi Kitano

Written by

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Takeshi Kitano ... (written by)

Produced by

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Ann Carli ... co-producer
Victor Ho ... line producer: Los Angeles
Shinji Komiya ... line producer
Masayuki Mori ... producer: Office Kitano
Jeremy Thomas ... producer: Recorded Picture Company
Peter Watson ... associate producer
Takio Yoshida ... co-producer

Music by

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Joe Hisaishi

Cinematography by

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Katsumi Yanagijima ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Takeshi Kitano
Yoshinori Ohta

Editorial Department

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Tarô Kuwayama ... color timer
John Dowdell ... hd colorist (uncredited)
Richard Lloyd ... post-production consultant (uncredited)

Casting By

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Robi Reed ... (as Robi Reed-Humes)
Takefumi Yoshikawa

Production Design by

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Norihiro Isoda

Art Direction by

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Takayuki Nitta
Anthony Stabley

Set Decoration by

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Teresa Visinare

Costume Design by

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Darryle Johnson
Yohji Yamamoto

Makeup Department

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Junko Aoki ... makeup assistant
Pierce Austin ... hair department head
Tomo'o Haraguchi ... special effects makeup artist: Tokyo
Mayumi Kamata ... makeup artist: Ms. Katase
Robert C. Mathews III ... assistant hair stylist: Los Angeles
Michio Miyauchi ... makeup artist
Judy Murdock ... makeup department head: Los Angeles
P.E. 'Carmen' Osborne-Austin ... key hair stylist: Los Angeles
Richard Snell ... special effects makeup artist: Los Angeles

Production Management

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Victor Ho ... unit production manager
Junko Kosuge ... assistant unit manager
Toshio Tanaka ... unit manager
Kunihiro Yasuda ... assistant unit manager
Shuichi Yoshizaki ... assistant unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Rita Lisa Danao ... assistant director: Los Angeles
Hirofumi Inaba ... assistant director: Tokyo
Ed Licht ... first assistant director: Los Angeles (as Edward Licht)
Takeshi Matsukawa ... assistant director: Tokyo
Hiroshi Shimizu ... assistant director
Atsushi Sunagawa ... assistant director: Tokyo
Darrell Woodard ... assistant director: Los Angeles

Art Department

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Leonard 'Junior' Alvarez ... labor foreman
Ayenne J. Applebaum ... paint foreman
Jeffrey Berger ... painter
Douglas Cumming ... assistant art director
Chris Forster ... construction coordinator
Joseph Genna ... lead man
Scott Head ... construction general foreman
Kyoko Kageyama ... art department coordinator: Los Angeles
Ken Koide ... assistant art director: Tokyo
Ed Martin II ... swing gang
Chris McCann ... propmaker
Ron Resch ... construction medic (as Ronny Resch)
Bryan Root ... swing gang
Bryan Root ... swing gang
Anders Rundblad ... propmaker
Koji Shinoda ... assistant props
Daron Smith ... propmaker (as Daron W. Smith)
Tetsuji Tatsuta ... property master: Tokyo
Emiko Tsuyuki ... assistant props
Thomas R. Wagner ... property master/armorer
Robert N. Williams ... assistant property master
Margaret M. Miles ... on-set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Dorian Cheah ... sound effects editor
Alan Freedman ... adr recordist
Senji Horiuchi ... sound designer
Takako Ishikawa ... assistant sound effects editor
Mizuki Ito ... foley artist / sound effects editor
Robert Jackson ... adr supervisor (as Bob Jackson)
Bobby Johanson ... adr recordist
Takako Kawamoto ... assistant sound effects editor
Kraig Kishi ... boom operator: Los Angeles
Akira Nakano ... sound recordist
Akira Rizawa ... re-recording mixer
Kenji Shibasaki ... supervising sound editor
Mitsugu Shiratori ... sound mixer
Mirai Ueno ... sound assistant

Special Effects by

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John C. Hartigan ... special effects coordinator
David Waine ... special effects coordinator: Los Angeles (as David Wayne)

Stunts

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John Alden ... stunts
Rick Avery ... stunts
Kurt Bryant ... stunts
Damon Caro ... stunts
Christopher Caso ... stunts (as Chris Caso)
Anthony Cecere ... stunts
Mark De Alessandro ... stunts
Paul Eliopoulos ... stunts
Masaaki Endo ... stunts
Kenny Endoso ... stunts
Mickey Giacomazzi ... stunts
Al Goto ... stunt coordinator
Steven Ho ... stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker ... stunts
Brian Imada ... stunts
John Koyama ... stunts
Will Leong ... stunts
Clint Lilley ... stunts (as Clint Lilly)
Frank Lloyd ... stunts
Johnny Martin ... stunts
John Meier ... stunts
Eddie Perez ... stunts
Simon Rhee ... stunts
Jimmy N. Roberts ... stunts (as Jimmy Roberts)
Erik Rondell ... stunts
Thomas Rosales Jr. ... stunts (as Tom Rosales)
Michael Runyard ... stunts
Koichi Sakamoto ... stunts
Spencer Sano ... stunt performer
Frank Torres ... stunts
David Wald ... stunts
Danny Wong ... stunts
Keith Woulard ... stunts
Dick Ziker ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Roman W. Bennett ... lighting technician: Los Angeles (as Roman Bennett)
Eric Cross ... best boy grip: Los Angeles
Gilbert Elam ... best boy lighting technician: Los Angeles
Roy C. Granada ... chief lighting technician: Los Angeles
Dave Gunderson ... grip: Los Angeles
Suzanne Hanover ... still photographer: Los Angeles
Hiro Kakuhari ... key grip
Takanori Kashihara ... lighting technician
Akio Kimura ... lighting technician
Michael Landsburg ... grip: Los Angeles (as Mike Landsburg)
Manabu Matsumiya ... assistant camera
Kazushige Matsuzaki ... dolly grip
Eamon McGillicuddy ... dolly grip: Los Angeles
Yoshinori Minami ... dolly grip
Takahiro Mizuse ... lighting technician
Kensuke Nakazawa ... assistant camera
Akihiko 'Matsu' Nihonmatsu ... first assistant camera: Los Angeles
Yukihiro Okimura ... assistant camera
Taku Okuno ... lighting technician: Los Angeles
Paul Ott ... grip: Los Angeles
Andrew Robison ... grip
Satomi Saito ... still photographer
Mika Sogawa ... lighting technician: Los Angeles
Hitoshi Takaya ... lighting director
Hideki Tateno ... gaffer
Mitsuo Watanabe ... lighting technician
Randy Williamson ... second assistant camera: Los Angeles
Chris Winmill ... camera loader: Los Angeles
Lister Coleman ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Yolanda D. Hunt ... casting assistant
Ernie Malik ... extras casting
Cydney McCurdy ... casting associate
Doran Reed ... casting associate
Jessy Terrero ... extras casting
Ulysses Terrero ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sandy Ampon ... costume supervisor: Los Angeles
Nancy Grossi ... set costumer: Los Angeles
Laura Guzik ... set costumer: Los Angeles
Fumio Iwasaki ... costume stylist

Location Management

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Diana Leigh Myers ... location manager: Los Angeles

Music Department

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Ayame Fujisawa ... music producer
Janice Ginsberg ... soundtrack consultant
Tomonao Hara ... musician: fluegelhorn solos
Joe Hisaishi ... musician: piano solos
Soichiro Ito ... music production coordinator
Noriko Kohyama ... music production coordinator
Masayoshi Okawa ... music mixer / music recordist
Ichiro Tanaka ... music production coordinator
Joe Hisaishi ... music arranger (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Ben Barsky ... driver: Los Angeles (as Benjamin Barsky)
David R. Blakely ... driver
John De Troia ... driver: Los Angeles (as John V. DeTroia)
Paul Feddersen ... transportation coordinator
David Gerry ... transportation captain (as David Thomas Gerry 'Davo')
Hugo R. Ocana ... driver: Los Angeles
Colleen Rea ... driver
Lew Strong ... driver: Los Angeles

Other crew

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Atsuko Ohtani Bailey ... assistant production coordinator: Los Angeles
Julian Brain ... key set production assistant: Los Angeles
Judy Dickerson ... dialogue coach: Los Angeles (as Judi Dickerson)
Masaaki Endo ... set production assistant: Los Angeles
Neal Fischer ... production assistant (as Neal Allen Fischer)
Robert Hepburn ... set medic (as Robert 'Sarge' Hepburn)
Knox Hughes ... assistant: Ann Carli (as John Hughes)
Yuko Irobe ... assistant production accountant
Junichi Iyori ... assistant: Takeshi Kitano
Jocelyn Jones ... assistant: Jeremy Thomas
Melody Korenbrot ... unit publicist
Harlem Logan ... set production assistant: Los Angeles (as Harlem F. Logan)
Diana Lui ... production coordinator
Hiroo Minami ... translator
Chiyo Miyakoshi ... script supervisor
Yoriaki Mochizuki ... production assistant: Los Angeles (as Yori Mochizuki)
Natsuko Nezu ... production accountant
Troy Nimmer ... production secretary: Los Angeles
Richard Powell ... assistant locations: Los Angeles
Karen Roberts ... production accountant
Noriyasu Sato ... script coordinator
Takae Shimizu ... intern: production office
Suzanne St. Pierre ... craft service
Makoto Tsugawa ... stand-in: Beat Takeshi
Thomas R. Wagner ... weapons
Rayshelle Willis ... assistant accountant (as Rayshelle 'Shelle' Willis)
Dana Wisher ... stand-in: Omar Epps

Production Companies

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Special Effects

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

A Japanese Yakuza gangster is exiled to the United States. Takeshi settles in Los Angeles where his younger, half brother lives and finds that although the turf is new, the rules are still the same as they try to take over the local drug trade. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines The Yakuza takes on the mafia... in an unstoppable hail of bullets! See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Aniki, mon frère (France)
  • Jakuza (Serbia)
  • Брат якудзы (Russia)
  • Fratele (Romania)
  • Ve spárech yakuzy (Czech Republic)
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Runtime
  • 114 min
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Budget $10,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $60,029, 22 Jul 2001

Did You Know?

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Trivia Takeshi Kitano reputedly had problems working with Masaya Katô. Kato had his own ideas, and Kitano would get so upset that he would yell at him. In the scene where Aniki tells Shirase to put out the cigars, it is really Kitano yelling at Kato. See more »
Goofs Ken takes the photo of the potential blackmail victim with his right hand while his left hand is on the table. In the close-up he's holding it with both hands, and then he returns the picture with his right hand while his left hand is on the table again. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003). See more »
Soundtracks Casta Diva che inargenti See more »
Quotes Aniki Yamamoto: I understand "fucking Jap," asshole!
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