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.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
In America, they call it the Mafia... In Japan, they call it Yakuza... When they meet, they call it war!
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Did You Know?
When the young doctor demands Nick's ring in payment, Nick smashes him into the wall before giving it to him. Viggo Mortenson really broke the wall when he did this, surprising the crew. See more
(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
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
Followed by Back to Back
A Gal & a Six-foot Rope
Written by Shane Thornton and Robb De Crabaugh
Performed by X-Piracy
Published © 1989 by Deadtime Music See more