GenreAction, Drama PrequelAmerican Yakuza CountryUnited States
Release dateAugust 29, 1996
October 25, 1996
(US) WriterScott Nimerfro, Roger Nygard CastMichael Rooker (Bob Malone), Ryo Ishibashi (Koji), Danielle Harris (Chelsea), John Laughlin (Dussecq) Similar moviesShowdown in Little Tokyo (1991)
TaglineIt's time to clean house
Back to back 1996 trailer
Back to Back, also known as American Yakuza 2, and Back to Back: American Yakuza 2, is a 1996 American action film. It is directed by Roger Nygard and written by Nygard and Scott Nimerfro (who is credited under the name, Lloyd Keith). The film was produced by W.K. Border, Thomas Calabrese, Takashige Ichise, Aki Komine, Michael Leahy, and Joel Soisson. It stars Michael Rooker, Ryo Ishibashi, and Danielle Harris. It is a sequel to the 1993 film, American Yakuza.
An explosive situation erupts when a mob war thrusts a yakuza, an ex-cop, and his adolescent daughter into a deadly, no-win situation. Booted in disgrace from the L.A. police force Bob Malone suffers a seemingly endless unlucky streak. Matters don't improve when a robbery led by a crazed criminal transpires at the bank where Malone is filling out foreclosure papers. Witnessing the crime, something inside Malone snaps and he single-handedly wipes out most of the robber gang. Unfortunately, the ringleader escapes and Malone ends up jailed by his corrupt former colleague Lt. Tony Dussecq. At the same time, two Japanese yakuza arrive in L.A. to deliver a special message to L.A.'s most prominent Mafia don. The yakuza are in a restaurant when the bank robber (wearing a vest covered with explosives) bursts in and threatens to blow the place up. One of the Japanese, Koji, intervenes in an explosive sequence. He too ends up at the police station just as Malone's feisty teen daughter Chelsea arrives with bail money. The yakuza suddenly escapes, taking Chelsea and Malone with him as hostages. Now pursued by the crooked coppers and the mob, the unlikely threesome have no choice but to team up to survive.
Michael Rooker as Bob Malone
Ryo Ishibashi as Koji
Danielle Harris as Chelsea Malone
John Laughlin as Lt. Tony Dussecq
Koh Takasugi as Hideo
Bobcat Goldthwait as Psycho
Vincent Schiavelli as Leonardo
Stephen Furst as Jimmy
Tim Thomerson as Thomas
Fred Willard as a Loan Officer
Frank D'Amico as Delorenzo
Leland Orser as the Wheelchair Guy
Jake Johannsen as Officer Jones
Yasushi 'Bert' Kojima as Joe Snapper
Michael Ray Miller as a Deviant
John P. McGarr as a Goon
The film premiered at the Oldenburg International Film Festival on August 29, 1996. It was first shown in the United States on the premium cable television network, HBO on October 25, 1996.
It was released on VHS on July 14, 1998 through BMG video label. It was also released on DVD through Fox Lorber on July 5, 2000. It was released on DVD by Medusa on October 7, 2002 under the title, American Yakuza 2. On July 28, 2003 Prism Leisure released the film on DVD also under the title, American Yakuza 2.