Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. In Japan, however, he manages to escape. As they try to track him down, they get deeper and deeper into the Japanese Mafia scene and they have to learn that they can only win by playing the game the Japanese way.
One of the most promising directors of the late ‘70s, Ridley Scott displayed stylistic flair and remarkable storytelling abilities in such films as The Duellists (1977) and his landmark Alien (1979). Born in 1937, in Northumberland, England, Scott was educated at the West Hartlepool College of Art and London’s Royal College of Art. After completing his education, he became a set designer for the British Broadcasting Company in the early ’60s, eventually getting promoted to director of such popular BBC series as the long-running police adventure Z Cars. With the establishment of his own firm, Ridley Scott Associates, Scott was in on the ground floor of some of the most inventive European TV commercials of the 1970s.
The director’s transition to the big screen came with his direction of 1977’s The Duellists, a visually striking Napoleonic war film that won the Jury Prize for Best First Feature at the Cannes Film Festival. Further success followed with 1979’s Alien, which established… read more
A great old gem of a movie. It might feel a bit slight compared to Scotts other efforts but both Douglas and Garcia works the script for all it´s worth. The visuals and the score are astounding and the action set pieces are pretty cool. A true guilty pleasure in my book.
I could've overlooked the horrible screenplay/lackluster direction (not a bad look to the film overall though, superficially), but the constant barrage of American arrogance was so incredibly grating that it killed any potential this film might have had otherwise - it's shoved down your throat at every opportunity. The development of the plot is horrendous, lacking any basis in reality at all. Wear thick gloves.