The Yakuza Way (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Yakuza Way (1998)

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Battle-weary Yakuza courier Kanuma (Riki Takeuchi) dons his snakeskin suit and wraparound sunglasses to visit Los Angeles for what he believes is his last assignment before calling it quits. He has to deliver money to a small-time drug dealer (George Cheung) and pick up a substantial shipment of cocaine. But the job is snakebit from the start as a double-cross by Vincent (Robert MacColl), a violent drug dealer, leads to the death of two women, one of them Kanuma's beautiful fiancée (Eiko Nijo) and the other his long-lost sister (Mai Hoshino). Kanuma's life takes another eventful twist when he learns that the local police have been setting him up for disaster since the beginning. Behind the cool of the sunglasses are the eyes of a now-psychotic and heavily armed Japanese Yakuza gangster who is bent on violent revenge.

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Riki Takeuchi yet again plays a Yakuza tough guy in this Los Angeles set tale of double-crossing gangsters and one mans vengeance against them. Tries to emulate the "heroic-bloodshed" flicks of Hong Kong cinema but fails. The action scenes may not lack blood but do lack the finess of a John Woo epic. Acting is pretty poor all-round, especially from the American actors playing the gangsters - they are truly laughable! But I do enjoy Riki Takeuchi, he's a limited actor but plays the bad-ass very well, but this certainly isn't among his best films. It entertains at times but mostly for the wrong reasons.

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