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American Yakuza (1993)

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An American FBI agent is lured away by the Japanese Mafia--the Yakuza--in this action film.

Director:

Frank A. Cappello (as Frank Cappello)

Writers:

Takashige Ichise (story) (as Taka Ichise), Max Strom (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Viggo Mortensen ... Nick Davis / David Brandt
Ryo Ishibashi ... Shuji Sawamoto
Michael Nouri ... Dino Campanela
Franklyn Ajaye ... Sam
Yuji Okumoto ... Kazuo
Anzu Lawson ... Yuko (as Cristina Lawson)
Robert Forster ... Littman
John Fujioka ... Isshin Tendo
Nicky Katt ... Vic
Jimmy Taenaka ... Taka (as James Katsuyuki Taenaka)
Saiko Isshiki Saiko Isshiki ... Aya
Fritz Mashimo Fritz Mashimo ... Okazaki
Jeff Bankert Jeff Bankert ... Medical Student
Rosine 'Ace' Hatem ... Agent #1
John Hammil John Hammil ... Agent #2
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When Nick Davis leaves prison after one year in solitaire, he is hired to operate forklift in a warehouse in the harbor owned by the Japanese Yakuza patriarch Isshin Tendo. The place is assaulted by the Italian Mafia leaded by Dino Campanela and Nick rescues and saves the life of Shuji Sawamoto, who is the representative of Yakuza interests in America. Shuji hires Nick to work for Yakuza and becomes his godfather in the family after his oath to join Yakuza. However, Nick is a lonely FBI undercover agent assigned to penetrate in the criminal organization. When the FBI discovers that Campanela is organizing a massive attack to destroy the Yakuza, Nick's boss Littman calls off the operation to leave the dirty work to the Italian Mafia. But the connection of Nick with Shuji and his goddaughter Yuko forces him to help his Japanese family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The mob has a new enemy. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1993 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

American yakuza See more »

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Ultra Stereo

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Trivia

For the shot near the beginning of the inside of a time clock as someone clocks in, an enormous time clock was built by the director and shot in his garage. The paper inserted is about 2 feet wide, and it was shot sideways so that they could just let the heavy stamper drop rather than come up from the side to hit the paper. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) When the Japanese bodyguard fires the last bullet out of the Thompson machine gun, the scene cuts to a shot of the spent bullet casings hitting the ground. As the shells hit the ground, you can clearly see the that ends of the cartridges, where the bullet exits the shell have been crimped, indicating that these are spent blanks. Real spent bullet casings are smooth. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 18-rated German video version was cut for violence in many scenes. The TV-Version and the DVD-Release are also cut See more »

Connections

Followed by Back to Back (1996) See more »

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Ever Lovin' River
Written by Shane Thornton
Performed by X-Piracy
Published © 1991 by Deadtime Music
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A very good movie
13 May 2006 | by dazzyboy2004See all my reviews

I don't normally like gangster movies, but this is definitely an exception. I saw it twelve years ago and was very impressed. And having bought it on DVD recently, it is just as good today.

The quality of production is excellent considering the amount of money they spent on it. The action scenes are tense and well constructed. The scene in the van with the Japanese music is hilarious. Every scene in the movie is meaningful and progresses the story nicely.

On the downside, I felt that Viggo Mortensen's character didn't have that much to say for himself, his dialogue could have been improved, for example, when he first joins the Yakuza, you would expect him to have questions.

I won't spoil the ending by stating it here, suffice to say that it seemed a little unrealistic. But, a movie definitely worth watching.


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