American Yakuza (1993)





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An American FBI agent infiltrates the notorious Japanese yakuza and is forced to choose between old loyalties and his new bond of blood in this lurid crime thriller starring Viggo Mortensen. The first American ever to be accepted into Japan's treacherous criminal underworld, FBI Agent Nick Davis (Mortensen) successfully infiltrates the American arm of the yakuza and quickly rises through the ranks due to his reputation as a skilled assassin. But when Agent Davis is subsequently adopted into the powerful Tendo crime family, his mission is complicated by Italian mob boss Dino Campanela (Michael Nouri) and unpredictable enforcer Vic (Nicky Katt). When crooked and uncompromising FBI task force head Agent Littleman (Robert Forster) sets his sights on Agent Davis, the stage is set for a showdown that will set the criminal underworld ablaze.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Viggo Mortensen
as Nick Davis/David Brandt
Robert Forster
as Littman
Michael Nouri
as Dino Campanela
Ryo Ishibashi
as Shuji Sawamoto
John Fujioka
as Isshin Tendo
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All Critics (2)

It is is in effect 'The Godfather: the next Generation' - an immigrant saga of family, blood and assimilation that just happens to be set in the world of organised crime.

Full Review… | September 10, 2007
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999

Audience Reviews for American Yakuza


Whatever it takes to stay in there... An American undercover agent is asked to infiltrate the Japanese Yakuza in the United States, earn their trust, and help bring them down. He falls in love with the boss' daughter and wants to keep her safe while bringing down the father. Meanwhile, the father and opposition put the officer in tough decisions to prove his loyalty. "An American being accepted into the family doesn't happen every day." Frank Capello, director of No Way Back and He was Quiet a Man, delivers American Yakuza in his directorial debut. The storyline for this picture is mediocre and disappointing. The action is below average and the acting is also mediocre. The cast includes Viggo Mortensen, Michael Nouri, Franklyn Ajaye, Robert Forster, and Ryo Ishibashi. "Death does not frighten you?" "No. Not if it's for the right reason." I came across this on Showtime Anytime and had to watch this old Mortensen film. I found this painfully bad, cliché, and poorly written. This was a horrible movie and not worth your time. "Words are overrated." Grade: D

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

lol Viggo... i was really surprised at the end when he finally spoke Japanese :-) overall it wasn't too bad of a movie, but the stereotypes did not add much character to the characters themselves... but for a 1995 movie about the international mafias it was pretty good for not doing much gore

Pang Yang
Pang Yang

A ok low budget action movie.

Nicky Mo
Nicky Mo

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