When Yakuza gangster Yamamoto is forcibly retired from his clan after a hostile takeover, he flies from Tokyo to Los Angeles to find his younger half brother Ken, whom he believes he has been financing through college. When he finds that Ken has dropped out of school to run a sloppy drug-dealing operation with his buddy Danny, Yamamoto slaps him on the back of the head in disgust, then shows the motley crew how to take over the LA underworld, Yakuza style. In the most violent ways imaginable, Yamamoto transforms the ragtag gang into a styling posse of professional punishers and schools them in a kamikaze code of honor that puts all other forms of gang bonding to shame.
Cast: Susumu Terajima, Takeshi Kitano, Masaya Kato, Omar Epps, Claude Maki
Produced by: Jeremy Thomas, Masayuki Mori, Takeshi Kitano, Peter Watson, Claude Maki
Directed by: Takeshi Kitano
Written by: Takeshi Kitano
Running time: 1hr 47min
Opens: Jan 19, 2001 Sundance '01
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