- Into the Sun (2005 film)
name = Into The Sun
producer = Frank Hildebrand
starring = Steven Seagal
Matthew Davis Takao Osawa Eddie George
cinematography = Don E. FauntLeRoy
editing = Michael J. Duthie
released = flagicon|USA Feb 15, 2005
runtime = 97 min
country = USA /
language = English / Japanese
budget = $20,000,000 USD
website = http://sonypictures.jp/homevideo/intothesun/
imdb_id = 0358294 "Into the Sun" is a 2005
action filmmodeled after the American yakuza films" The Yakuza" and "Black Rain".Fact|date=August 2007 It stars martial artist/actor Steven Seagal. Originally conceived as a remake of Sydney Pollack's "The Yakuza", Warner Bros.wouldn't release the rights to the story and the film was consequently reworked into "Into the Sun".Fact|date=August 2007
:Tagline: "Only one man can stop the yakuza"
When Takayama (
Mac Yasuda), the governor of Tokyo, is murdered, it falls on ex-CIA agent Travis Hunter ( Steven Seagal) to track down those responsible. And rookie FBI agent Sean Mac ( Matthew Davis) is assigned to work with Hunter on the case.
It was the FBI who actually asked the CIA's Tokyo office to look into the killing, believing it to be linked to the
Yakuza, a dangerous Japanese mafia, so the CIA is sniffing around under the auspices of Homeland Security.
Mac proves to be more of a distraction, not really knowledgeable about procedures or Japanese customs. Hunter was raised in Japan, and has a strong understanding of the Yakuza and their mysterious, eccentric, and sinister ways.
Hunter and Mac discover a plan by Kuroda (
Takao Osawa), the rising leader of a new Yakuza outfit, to build an enormous drug-dealing network with a Chinese Tong outfit leader named Chen ( Kenneth Low), and Kuroda is killing everyone who gets in his way.
It was Kuroda who had the governor killed. For help, Hunter turns to help from Kojima (
Masato Ibu), the second-in-command of an old school Yakuza outfit run by elderly Oyabun Ishikawa ( Shoji Oki).
Hunter has been told that Kojima is the only Yakuza player who is capable of defeating Kuroda. Hunter visits Kojima, who says that now that the new Yakuza are joining forces with the Tongs, they are becoming too powerful.
Kojima tells Hunter that Kojima would love nothing more than to permanently get rid of Kuroda. So who will get to Kuroda first -- Hunter or Kojima?
As Hunter gets closer to Kuroda, he begins to endanger everyone associated with him. First, Kuroda has Ishikawa killed, making Kojima the new leader of Ishikawa's Yakuza outfit.
When Kuroda has Hunter's fiance Nayako (
Kanako Yamaguchi) brutally murdered, Hunter's search for Kuroda becomes devastatingly personal.
Teaming up with CIA spook Jewel (
Juliette Marquis) and tattoo artist Kawamura ( Daisuke Honda), whose wife and young child were killed by Kuroda, Hunter sets out to take down Kuroda, permanently...even if he has to die trying.
Seagal reportedly put up much of his own money to finance this film as a homage to the
Japanof his youth,Fact|date=August 2007 and included a scene through a Shinjukuback alley he routinely walked through going from his then 4 tatamiapartment to the dojo he was training at and features many locally popular Asian actors such as Akira Terao, Takao Osawa and Ken Lo. Portions of the soundtrack were performed and recorded by Seagal, and released on his 2005 album " Songs from the Crystal Cave".Fact|date=August 2007
Seagal showcased his Japanese linguistic abilities and many of the scenes were shot in Japanese. The Japanese dialogue is subtitled in English.
Steven Seagal.... Travis Hunter
Matthew Davis.... Sean
Takao Osawa.... Kuroda
Eddie George.... Jones
William Atherton.... Agent Block
Juliette Marquis.... Jewel
Ken Lo.... Chen
Kosuke Toyohara.... Fudomyo-o
Akira Terao.... Matsuda
Eve Masatoh.... Kojima
Pace Wu.... Mai Ling
Chiaki Kuriyama.... Ayako
Kanako Yamaguchi.... Nayako
Namihiko Ohmura.... Takeshi
Daisuke Honda.... Kawamura
Roy Oguri.... Kenji
Sokyu Fujita.... Investigator Maeda
Vikrom Suebsaeng.... Chang Choudong
Tim Yan.... General
Shôji Oki.... Ishikawa
Mac Yasuda.... Governor of Tokyo
Kairi Narita.... Young Yakuza
Ginji Yoshikawa.... Yakuza Ceremony Master
Joe Sagal.... Tech #1
Hatake.... Sword Buyer
Korokke.... Club MC
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