Viggo Mortensen in American Yakuza
American Yakuza Cast and Crew
Viggo Mortensen: Nick Davis/David Brandt
Other leading roles:
American Yakuza Synopsis
The Yakuza, Japanese mafia, are moving in to southern California. When Nick Davis (Mortensen) is released from prison, he finds work at a Yakuza-owned company, and through a series of adventures is accepted into the powerful Tendo crime family. There are many plot twists that I won't give away in the synopsis, see the review for more.
American Yakuza Brief Review
American Yakuza Soundtrack
Original Music by David C. Williams
American Yakuza Photo Galleries
Val's Screencaps: Viggo Mortensen in American Yakuza - Over 100 screen captures of Viggo Mortensen as Nick/David in American Yakuza. Mostly full-screen, some cropped. Larger than the average screencap, good clarity.
American Yakuza Resources
American Yakuza - Richard Clabaugh, Director of Photography for American Yakuza, provides details and interesting insights on the cinematography and production of the film. Illustrated with good stills. His summary: "I know American Yakuza has its flaws, not everyone likes it, but for the resources we had no one can ever make me feel bad about it.... We tried hard to make it stand out from a crowd of similar, bland, cheesy exploitation action films. We had to deliver the action scenes, that was our job and I feel we did it well, but we also tried very hard to do it with more style than most, to make the characters interesting and to be as classy as circumstances would allow. Those with an eye to appreciate up and coming talent (such as Viggo) should recognize that even at this low level, everyone made a strong effort to produce a good motion picture.
"I especially enjoyed working with our cast, particularly Viggo and Ryo, both of whom I hope to someday get a chance to work with again if the Fates should allow it. I didn't need Lord of the Rings to know Viggo was a prince."
American Yakuza (1994) - Review by Dragan Antulov finds the plot weak but still recommends the film: "the most impressive element of the film is Viggo Mortensen, one of the most capable American character actors, here in a very unusual role of an action lead - tough, but sensitive man with a hidden agenda."
American Yakuza Video Clips
These Quicktime video clips are suitable for a PG-13 audience. You will find one 4-letter word and some guns blazing but nothing worse.
AY-07: Attack on the warehouse - One of several action-packed sequences near the beginning of the film. In this one, Nick Davis (Viggo Mortensen) takes cover in a large bin and comes out with guns blazing. (00'13, 520 KB)
AY-13: Hands clasped - Nick Davis (Viggo Mortensen) is witnessing the Yakuza threaten a man with a violent death. His hands betray his tension. (00'02, 64 KB)
AY-20: I'm in deep - Undercover FBI agent David Brandt (Viggo Mortensen), posing as Nick Davis, tells his FBI partner Sam (Franklyn Ajaye) that he's managed to get "in deep" with the Yakuza. "Give me a break. You told me to get in deep; I'm in all the way. They didn't teach us this one at the Academy. He thinks I'm Batman or something." (00'10, 140 KB)
AY-24: Don't follow me - Nick Davis (Viggo Mortensen) is angry when he finds out that his new Yakuza boss has had him followed. "Look, you hired me. If you don't trust me, cut me loose. I don't need some freak with a sword following me everytime I take a sh*t." (00'07, 124 KB)
AY-31: Tea ceremony introduction - In this, the first segment of the tea ceremony scene, Nick Davis is told the significance of the ceremony. (00'18, 336 KB)
AY-36: Picture and rose - Nick Davis (Viggo Mortensen) is musing over an old family picture and his new Yakuza family when a vendor offers him a red rose. (00'22, 360 KB)
AY-42: Flying (slo-mo) - Nick Davis (Viggo Mortensen) makes a flying leap over the bar, guns blazing. I slowed the motion; in the film it flies by at full speed. (00'04, 76 KB)
American Yakuza Photo Gallery
Click on the images to see larger versions (dimensions in parentheses). Thanks to Sagra for giving me permission me to crop from her screen captures. Want more? See her collection of over 90 full-frame screencaps from American Yakuza.