It’s early days right now, but actor, writer and director Yamakita Ryuji‘s newest directorial feature debut, Bond:Kizuna is already well underway through its promotional campaign via social media. We have our first teaser now making the rounds, aside from the addition of legendary actor Sonny Chiba, it’s indie with a ton of relatively new faces headlined by actor David Yeung (son of Bloodsport co-star Bolo Yeung), actress Courtney Palm, and co-stars Ivory Broome and Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist co-star Gaku Space who are also producing. Suffice it to say, the people behind the action are Nakamura Tadahiro and Abe Tsuyoshi, two veteran action impressarios better known for their contributions to action cinema as members of Sakamoto Koichi’s team, Alpha Stunts, so that should be plenty worth checking out in this latest bit of intertwining, multilayered tale of crime, vengenace and love.
In the heart of Tokyo, Tatsumi; The Godfather of a notorious yakuza clan is killed by his ambitious right hand man Gondo. Gondo leaves for Los Angeles to expand his territory. Tatsumi’s daughter Lynn sets out to seek revenge for her father’s death, but loses her eyesight.
A mute name Gen, who Lynn always admired, promises to help her with her quest for revenge and follows with her to LA in search of Gondo. Once in LA, Lynn and Gen gather a team of expert assassins; Brett, Emily, Victor and begin taking on paid hit jobs. One by one they begin exterminating criminals that slipped through the law.
Kate, a rookie detective, happens to blunder into a hit job in progress and see one of the assassins (Gen). She is about to be killed by Gen as a witness but he takes pity on her and makes her swear that she will never reveal his identity.
After Kate’s best friend is murdered by one of Gondo’s men, Kate joins the hunt for the yakuza and hires Gen and his assassins to seek revenge.
In the meantime Victor, one of the assassins falls in love with a woman who is brutal killed by Gondo’s men and once again a revenge hit is ordered but this time it is personal.
We find that each life is connected; like a bond (which means in Japanese: Kizuna).
Take a look at the teaser below and make some room for this in your list of things to keep an eye on throughout the year.
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