After a gang war in Japan goes badly, Yamamoto (Takeshi Kitano) is forced to flee to the United States. In Los Angeles, he meets up with his half-brother Ken (Claude Maki). Ken is involved in low level drug dealing with Denny (Omar Epps), but Yamamoto’s no-nonsense style and ruthless tactics soon see the gang moving up the ranks of the LA underworld. After defeating a higher-level gang, the operation becomes much more sophisticated – and acquires some merciless new allies. But they’re still looked upon as upstarts by the local Mafiosi, much to Yamamoto’s chagrin. With his new found power, he’s determined to rectify the situation.
 

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The one guy you trust to get your back when a whole city\'s trying to put a bullet in it.

Yakuza gangster Yamamoto, played by Beat Takeshi, alias director Takeshi Kitano, is forced into exile in America. He arrives in Los Angeles with limited command of English and soon finds himself allied with African American gangs against the Mafia.. You could write the plot of this disappointing film on the head of a pin - there`s really nothing to it and, sad to say, Takeshi Kitano - who has made some great films in the past, notably Violent Cop, Sonatine and Hana-Bi does very little with the theme of the stranger in a strange land. The film`s incredibly, pointlessly violent - fingers are cut off, characters are shot, stabbed or blown up - hara-kiri is performed - the blood flows freely, but to what purpose? Kitano`s trademark sense of humour seems a bit sick in this context, and though there`s a good performance from Omar Epps as his American buddy, and some interesting camerawork but it all adds up to very little.