In an unusual twist, this action thriller places the FBI and an American Mafia family in an uneasy alliance with the common goal of rousting the Japanese Mafia, the Yakuza, from Los Angeles. A better-than-usual specimen of its genre, AMERICAN YAKUZA has substantial character development
and successfully portrays the complicated and contradictory alliances that exist in the criminal underworld.
Undercover FBI agent David Brandt (Viggo Mortensen) is assigned to infiltrate the LA branch of the Yakuza, which is selling illegal arms. Brandt, posing as ex-con Nick Davis, gains employment as a laborer in a Yakuza-owned company, and quickly finds himself opposing fellow...