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When the governor of Tokyo is killed in his campaign for election, the former CIA agent Travis Hunter is assigned to find the responsible working together with the rookie FBI agent Sean. Travis was raised in Japan, has great connections with the underworld of the streets and is a master in sword and martial arts, trained by a former member of Yakuza. Travis discloses that there is a war between the old and traditional members of Yakuza and the new generation leaded by the deranged and sick Kuroda, who has associated to the Chinese Tong mobster Chen in a powerful drug dealing business. When his fiancée Nayako is brutally and cowardly murdered by one of Kuroda’s men, the mission of Travis becomes a personal issue and he seeks revenge.

Also Known As: Тень якудза, Szemben a Nappal, Yakuza - O Império do Sol Nascente, Срещу слънцето, Yakuza, Operação Sol Nascente, Polemistis ston ilio, Πολεμιστής στον ήλιο, I saulę, L'honneur des Yakusa, Mafia de la rasarit, Yakuza: El imperio del sol naciente, Piège au soleil levant, Into the Sun, Into the Sun - Im Netz der Yakuza

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  • tim
    Tim

    This movie is as fake as his claims to be a real,operative in the CIA.his skills in these films prove he’s lying what you have lived you potray in life.Done.

  • anto-pavin
    anto pavin

    Let’s see… it starts out bad and goes to worse. In the opening scenes his army buddy gets killed because Seagal’s character (who is supposedly a top-notch operative) does not seem to grasp the concept of “covert mission.”Then we have the FBI supervisor William Atherton who had better lines in Real Genius, and calls in Seagal to investigate a power struggle in the Tokyo underworld. Apparently, nobody in any local law enforcement organization understands the Yakuza like Seagal.They totally wasted the fabulous Chiaki Kuriyama – but maybe it’s better for her that she was not more visible in this dog.The clichés are hard to keep track of, here are just a few: 1. Alienated loner teamed with rookie 2. Rookie killed trying to impress the IL’ tough guy 3. Loner has finally found love with young hottie, which only serves to get her killed (again because of that covert deficiency) 4. Multiple family murder-revenge story lines 5. The clash of the traditional gangster who lives by a code of conduct and the modern ultra-violent criminal with no respect for anyone or anythingFor as long as Seagal has been making movies you’d also think he’d learn a thing or two – maybe even work on a second facial expression. Also, he seems to have lost the ability to differentiate between fantasy and reality. In both he imagines himself to be a Japanese sensei and reluctant samurai, and this conceit is getting old, old, old.

    • tim
      Tim

      This movie is as fake as his claims to be a real,operative in the CIA.his skills in these films prove he’s lying what you have lived you potray in life.Done.

  • jole-milani
    jole milani

    Into the Sun, Steven Seagal’s latest movie! The film has excellent action and Steven Seagal is very good in the film. It has a different story. Like some of his recent movies it takes place in other countries. It has a whole bunch of action including great sword fight scenes, major violence, blood, and there is a few of shoot outs. So if you are fan that loves sword fighting the ends in results of blood and decapitations that seem almost endless and if you think movies don’t have that sort of thing anymore then Into the Sun has plenty of it! There is a huge sword fight and the end! The film has a great score by Stanley Clarke! The bad guys are interesting villains. They are some that makes you hate them and believe Me Seagal get’s ’em! The movie is not bad at all, in fact its on of the best Seagal films to out in a long time! If you love Steven Seagal then check Into the Sun!! Movie Nuttball’s NOTE:If you are big Steven Seagal fan like Me then I strongly recommend you to check out these other great movies! Above the Law, Hard to Kill, Marked for Death (Must see because it great!), Out for Justice (Great!), Under Siege, On Deadly Ground (Really good!), Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (Very good!), The Glimmer Man (In My opinion his all time best and one of the greatest films ever!), Fire Down Below (Excellent!), The Patriot, Ticker, The Foreigner (Surprising great!), Out for a Kill, and Belly of the Beast!

  • jeannine-martinez
    jeannine martinez

    Steven Seagel returns as Travis Hunter, a former CIA agent who’s brought out of his retirement as a sword-smith in Tokyo to help with an investigation involving a pact between The Yakuza and The Triad.Soon Travis is under threat and he must use his deadly skills in the martial arts and the blade in order to take down the Yakuza and the Triads who are both out to end his life.This movie really surprised me, I’m not a huge fan of Seagel’s recent efforts but I was so impressed with Belly Of The Beast that I decided to give this a try.First off, Seagel actually looks like he wants to be in the movie, going as for as to give some effort in the acting. Te story isn’t all that great and there are some very cliché moments but overall it was enough to keep my interest through out.The action was well paced and nicely choreographed, Seagel’s fight with Ken Lo being a highlight but it was good to see they didn’t hold back when it came to the sword fighting as he cuts his way through various sword wielding thugs in order to get to the final showdown, there’s lots of blood on offer there.I was nice to see Seagel being backed up by a strong supporting cast, even going as far as the let the Asian actors speak their native languages instead of making them speaking very bad English, I have to say as well Seagel’s Japanese was way better the his Thai in Belly Of The Beast.To finish off I have to say I’d like to see Seagel make more movies like this in the future, it seems mink* new what he was doing when he directed this as he gave the movie a nice level of flashiness without making it look like an MTV music video.So if Seasgel decided to make more hack and slash type movies, I’d definitely be interested.

    • bill
      bill

      What movie did you see I don’t remember seeing any of what your describing in into the sun

  • jolanta-paulauskas
    jolanta paulauskas

    The best overall film that I’ve seen Seagal in since Under Siege. Caveat: it’s more interesting to me because of the Japan angle. Just ten minutes into the film and I already felt like I was back in Japan — where I lived for years. Sure, Steven’s acting ability is limited (check out the early scene where he “comforts” his dying comrade — seems like he’s comforting a buddy who just lost a basketball game) but there is no other actor who can bring you Japan’s underworld and Japan. He speaks fluent Japanese, really fluent. He produced the flick and it’s clearly informed by the many years he lived there. Take it as an action flick and it may not be your favorite — but I hate over-the-top action. Take it for a brief trip to Japan (and the underground foreigners can’t see) and it’s bloody good. The xenophobic Tokyo governor is spot on. Hollywood hacks could not have created this film. Comparing this to Tarantino’s stereotyped take on Japan is a laugh — granted Tarantino never tries for realism anyway, so no criticism really. Even “Lost in Translation” which I really liked shows only the most stereotypical Japan. (I think this is because most of the Hollywood types fly into Tokyo, stay in the Plaza and get driven around, then think they understand Japan b/c they ate sushi at an out of the way sushi bar where they didn’t see anything written in English.) I’ll watch Segal, who lived, taught, and raised a family in Japan any day of the weak — even if he is a little chubbier 🙂

  • ilim-hayrioglu
    ilim hayrioglu

    This movie was poorly written, directed, and cut. Steven Segal has continued to get worse every flick he is in, and this proves it further. Various panning shots with continual cuts of the back of Stevens’ lasting almost a minute in length must have been put in the final cut as the actor refused to re-shoot the scene using his actual verbiage. The movie is complete with an Asian setting that truly defines 70’s “Kung Fu”. Dialog that doesn’t match the actors mouths adds to the constant chaos that viewers must deal with as well. I cannot stress enough that there are much better flicks out there to put your money towards. On a good note, as if there is one, there are a few scenes in the movie, trust me only a few, that kept me entertained long enough to say I watched the whole movie. I would have to say though finishing the movie was more painful than the $3.00 that I regretted spending to rent it.

  • jure-ersek
    jure ersek

    Steven Seagal films are slowly becoming something of the porn flicks of the action genre … you pretty much know what you get bi-anually when you’re holding a Seagal DVD in your hands (do they actually make it into the cinema in the US? In Europe they tend to go straight to plastic …).Well, of course the film needs to start off with the Seagal character being a soldier trying to rid the world of the danger of opiates by gunning down some opium-bandits in the jungle. The opening scene virtually adds nothing – apart from establishing the aging Seagal as veteran – but, probably as manditory as the lion roaring at the beginnings of old MGM movies …From there it goes to Cyber-Tokyo of 2004. It is there revealed that Seagal has actually grown up in Tokyo – not just Tokyo but the China Town of Tokyo. Viewers are more likely to buy a rotten fish, than that …Sad is such: when dwelling over Yakuza-classics such as ‘Yakuza’ (with Robert Mitchum) to ‘Black Rain’, the Yakuza gangstaz here are portrayed more like Ottaku. Cyber-freaks, Amikan-oh-wanna-be punks who pretty much imitate, well, villains from earlier (and better) Seagal movies. No more ‘asian mystique / philosophy within the scoundrel’, the days of the clean-cut, samurai sword swinging gangsters are gone. Well, until the end, where naturally suddenly all thugs (and heroes) swing those shiny Japanese blades, having all over suddenly replaced (or lost?) their 20th century guns. Can you imagine how the film ends? If this film had a budget, it might well have become Steven Seagal’s ‘Terminator 3’ … & Adios, mujajos. But I figure, Seagal still has two, three good years ahead of him. Which would translate into 4, 5, 6 or even 7 more flicks in which he gets to mime the unbeatable hard-ass. Ah, but fortunatley, all times go by and there are often ways to avoid the next Seagal-flick …

  • frederic-schuster-segebahn
    frederic schuster segebahn

    If you put out 3 action movies every year as it seems Steven Segal has been doing for the last five, then your bound to make a good one even if its by mistake. In Into The Sun the Sword Master Segal takes on a mafia of drug dealing young runts who aim to take back hong Kong from the aging gangsters. Playing one gang against another Segal gets the edge on these highly successful young gangsters before cutting them to fish bate with his trusty ancient samurai master sword.I enjoyed the acting of both Segal and the Asian gangsters. The leader of the young group really puts on a great performance convincingly portraying a psychotic young man, obsessed with gaining power at any cost. Other Older gangsters are well acted as well. A realistic performance of what mondern day mafia gangs are like i think.This film has a great end scene if you like action movies with a lot of violence. The other entertaining part was the cinematography of the hong Kong area which was well filmed.If you like Segal, Action and Asian set films then you’ll like Into The Sun.

  • patricia-denis
    patricia denis

    So it’s well known that the movie takes place in the actual neighborhood where Seagal grew up and studied martial arts, and also that he speaks fluent Japanese, but why have Japanese terrorists that are always speaking English? Isn’t it just a little off-putting that the American hero is constantly speaking Japanese but the Japanese and Chinese guys all speak broken English to each other? Of course Seagal would want to show off his Japanese, since he almost never gets a chance to do it in his movies, but if they’re going to go for that authenticity, they should at least include it where it really belongs as well…As far as a Seagal film, it’s about average as far as the films he has been releasing for the last ten years or so, none of which have really been all that impressive. But I still get a great kick out of his movies, even when they’re not good. If nothing else, I can even enjoy the cheesy acting and paper-thin plots, and if even those fail at least Steve is always good for smacking around some bad guys.But in Into the Sun, other than a brief skirmish near the beginning, it’s a good hour into the movie before anything happens. Before then, we get a tirelessly developing but uninteresting plot about the Chinese and Japanese versions of the Mafia and how they are developing a massive drug corporation, with Seagal entering the mix investigating the murder of a government official. Worst of all, however, is that the movie spends so much time developing the totally unnecessary and unconvincing romantic story, in which 54-year-old Steve in his floor- length leather trench-coat falls deeply and madly in love with a tiny, dainty Japanese girl who can’t be more than 22. Needless to say, my favorite part was when he sheepishly explains to her, “You know, I’ve never had the best luck with women. In fact, you could probably say I haven’t had any luck at all…”What’s that, he’s a virgin? Is he asking her to go easy on him in the sack?But stay tuned, at the end of the movie this impressive team of filmmakers utilize an unbelievably complex and difficult bit of cinematic trickery to make the wife disappear from Steve’s grasp. I noticed this particular bit of movie magic because I did the exact same thing in a six-minute movie I made with a $250 video camera when I was taking an Intro to Film class at Fresno City College in 1998. They really spared no expense with this movie!The other problem is the bad guys themselves. They are such tired clichés that it’s impossible from frame one to take any of them seriously, particularly the leader of the Yakuza (the Japanese Mafia). He’s your typical, b-movie villain – slicked back hair, fishnet t- shirt, arm always slung over the chair he’s slouched in and a lot of guys standing around him that jump to attention and do things for him when he snaps his fingers. Yawn.The guy is so unimaginative and so unimpressive that he makes the movie seem longer because I’m just waiting to see him get killed at the end. Evidently, however, they knew when they were making the movie that some serious ingredients were missing, so they tried to cover up the gaps with things like the sound effects that make it sound like whenever someone gets cut with a sword they spray out a fountain of blood all over the place. Nice.In the movie’s defense, it’s true that Steve does look good for his age, although he has certainly lost the hardened appeal that he had in his earliest movies like Hard to Kill and Out For Justice. At least he looks a lot better than he looked in Urban Justice, but unfortunately that’s not saying a lot. The movie is a bit of a curiosity piece because Seagal wrote and performed a lot of the music on the soundtrack, and he actually sings the song during the closing credits. It’s a little disturbing to listen to, but I recommend you wait and check it out because it’s not disturbing because it’s so bad, it’s disturbing because it’s actually pretty good. Too bad the rest of the movie isn’t quite as pleasantly disappointing

  • agnes-soding
    agnes soding

    It is interesting when a star goes back to his old neighborhood. The ring of authenticity is everywhere in the movie. The restraint that seems endemic to Japanese culture in interpersonal dealing is represented well here. Especially between the hero and his friends, and that they should be friends is very apparent. I hope they were. The story is the Japanese (and now increasingly European ) unwillingness to get involved with yet more changes. Not everything that happened more than five minutes ago was bad, nor is everything that makes a few dollars more, good. I am not too sure about creating sympathy for gangsters, but, again, it is, in the Japanese context, believable. The action scenes were Matrix like, in slow motion, but then the star is no spring chicken. But a well crafted film with a few clichés, but not to many. I enjoyed it and was fascinated by the way the camera got into the street with real looking people. The sword fights were nice and filled with gore, and I do enjoy the Chinese sword fighting thing where the female swords-person is attacked and dispatches her opponent without even looking at him. I always think that is so cool!

  • anthony-silveira
    anthony silveira

    Look up awful and you’ll find the picture of a wig wearing bloated bodied martial artist. This movie just like everything else hes put out in the last few years just plain stinks. Its filled with bad action, bad acting, bad script, bad everything. I don’t know how this guy still gets work, he must have put some kind of hypnosis on his fans.I wish he would take some career advice from Van Damme and get his career out of the gutter. But hes too busy counting his money and buying new wigs.I give this movie 1/5, and unless your going to use it as a torture device don’t even think about buying this load of garbage.

  • roza-wyrobek
    roza wyrobek

    Steven Seagal once again return to straight-to-video hokum as a high-level American operative who is lent out to Japan to investigate a Yakuza hit on a top Japanese government official. Is the new generation of Yakuza out for world domination since they seem to no longer be content with just the drug trade? Will Seagal be able to defeat them all on his own and most importantly will you care or bother to continue watching? Sadly Seagal’s career is pretty much DOA. I really enjoyed many of his older films (Above the Law, my personal favorite Hard to Kill, Marked for Death and Under Siege). But sadly his films of late (The Foreigner, Belly of the Beast and now Into the Sun) just don’t cut the grade. Never the most energetic and kinetic action stars, Seagal of late seems to have slowed down further and at times appears to be way out of shape. The scripts represent the dartboard method of writing with tired combos that fall flat.

  • christelle-laporte
    christelle laporte

    I really mean it. If “The (by now not so) Great One” isn’t able to make better movies than this, he definitely should quit the movie business. Each time a new Seagal movie is released, I’m hoping it will be better than his last movies, but I tend to get disappointed every time. “Out of Reach” was in fact a small step into the right direction, but with “Into the Sun” Seagal is back in the sewer. The movie has a plot that sometimes is hard to follow, at least to hard for a movie like this. There are not that many fight scenes, and they are also too short and overall just uninteresting. The most interesting part of the film was when we got to see a short snapshot from one of the newer Gamera-movies. That says it all, doesn’t it?

  • mareks-briedis
    mareks briedis

    weren’t the late 80’s and first half of the 90’s great people? We have this guy who can’t act but sure as hell kick a punch in movies with mostly no plot at all except for him kicking ass for 90 minutes long. OK, so they did have a little plot but the movies were all about Steven kicking the butts of bad guys. Steven would hit, kick, run, jump etc etc and people would get there bones broken in the nastiest ways. Who can forget the guy with the meat cleaver in “Out for Justice”? The way that was handled: pure testosterone filled ballet! Now it’s the new millennium and the only decent thing our aikido hero has released was Exit Wounds (with lots of help from wire-fu, funny script, good co-stars, a good director, Steven who went to the gym etc etc). OK so Belly of the beast was decent, but not when you consider Steven had a body-double in tons of scenes.So here is Into the sun, the latest fight fest from Steven and what does it contains: -An openings scene which has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the movie. It works for James Bond but not here Steven doing pinkypink with his soon-to-be-wife (lame!) About one aikido fighting the first hour of the movie (against a couple of street kids) The rest is sword fights to the end Unimaginative baddies (I miss those guys from Under Siege 1 & 2, Hard to kill etc) Too much uninteresting plot too little fighting.All Steven needs is a simple plot for him to go on a one-man-rampage across a lot of different locations fighting lots of men to get to his goal… Nothing more, nothing less. That never happens in Into the Sun. Steven just goes from friendly contact to friendly contact to get some info and that’s basically it. Only in the last half hour the flick turns into a revenge-story and we get to see a toned down version of Hard to kill. What was the use of getting all that info in the first hour when the baddies get taken down by Steven out for a revenge motive? Next time someone writes a script for Seagal, just kill someone he loves in the beginning or drop some terrorists in the same location he is. Then get him “a shotgun and a patrol car” and he’ll do the rest.And make sure he went to the gym before the filming starts… those really close up aikido fights are not very exciting…

  • artemeva-oksana-kharitonovna
    artemeva oksana kharitonovna

    Well, I was all cuddled up in front of the TV, beer in hand and ready to have a good laugh when I popped “Into the Sun” into the player. I was pretty disappointed…by it actually being pretty good! I’ve only recently warmed up to the idea of checking out Steven Seagal’s later films since I’m a big fan of his early work. Films like “Ticker” and “The Foreigner” were so bad I thought I’d leave these direct-to-DVD flicks alone and keep my memory of the dude intact. But I decided to view “Belly of the Beast” quite recently and, despite some hilarious moments and weird dubbing, it was passable. “Into the Sun” was better and on the whole; it’s a heck of an action flick.It’s low budget origins aren’t terribly noticeable, the fight scenes are well handled (I really liked the sword-play here), the pace is brisk and the actors here are quite decent. It’s true that Steve doesn’t seem to be straining himself too much with his acting but he was OK here and looked pretty good in the fight scenes. I did have a bit of a problem with his child bride but it did create an emotional plight for Steve to really go nuts in the final act and that was well played out.As for story; “Into the Sun” doesn’t deserve any awards but it’s a fairly solid one that involves huge amounts of bloody deaths and action so I was satisfied. The middle section features less Seagal but a lot of bone crunching and blood spattered deaths that will keep you from falling asleep.Overall; the flick didn’t deliver what I thought, instead it was much better.

  • fernando-menchaca
    fernando menchaca

    CIA agent Travis Hunter(Steven Seagal)must thwart the efforts of young Yakuza(who have abandoned the “principles” of their ancestors in favor of monetary wealth and prestige)who have aligned themselves with Chinese Tongs in not only trafficking heroine, but monopolizing the trade. Kuroda(Takao Ôsawa)is the young Yakuza who wants to rest all the power from aging boss Ishikawa(Shôji Oki)and his second-in-command Kojima(Eve Masatoh). Travis purposely ignites a turf war in the hopes that Kuroda will be conquered before he gains too much control which could be dangerous for not only Japan, but America as well. But, ultimately, Travis will have a bone to pick with Kuroda after his lady love Nayako(Kanako Yamaguchi)and FBI partner Sean Mack(Matthew Davis)are targeted by the Yakuza and his thugs. While strong on plot, INTO THE SUN lacks enough real action which, I think, will not satiate the appropriate audience this is geared towards. It does have the bloody finale as Travis goes after Kuroda in his Tachikawa Village, with plenty of Yakuza scum for him to slice and dice with his Samurai sword. Davis is the partner who follows leads which implicate Kuroda, but at a heavy cost. William Atherton is Seagal’s boss, stationed in Tokyo, his agent Block always trying to keep up with Hunter’s whereabouts. There are only two scenes with Seagal engaged in hand-to-hand combat(including a market fight with a few hapless street punks)and one major shootout(at the beginning, which shows Seagal and former Tennessee running back Eddie George in a village with a job to take out some sort of shady character; this is puzzling in that it has nothing to do with anything else in the movie). The ending in Kuroda’s village really is the only true action sequence of any true worth. Very mediocre when it could’ve been far more entertaining..a film which has plenty of Yakuza to kill, you’d think such a plot would provide Seagal with ample opportunities to carve up a body count. Alas, such is not the case..

  • brian-yang
    brian yang

    Mink Directed ‘Into the Sun’, turns out to be A Good Watch. A Nicely Written Screenplay, along-with Stylish Direction & A Super-Cool Performance by its lead-Star, All-Time Bad-Ass, Steven Seagal, just adds to its glory.’Into the Sun’ Synopsis: When a government official is killed, an American operative with experience in the Yakuza culture is brought into investigate.’Into the Sun’ has an interesting start, an okay middle & a killer end. The Screenplay Written by Seagal himself, is mostly interesting. Mink’s Direction is completely Stylish. Cinematography is perfect. Editing is mediocre. Art Design is fair. Action-Sequences are top-notch.Seagal’s Super-Cool Performance is among the merits of this film. And Like Always, his fight-scenes are a pleasure to watch. He’s an All-Time Bad-Ass! On the whole, ‘Into the Sun’ works. A Must See for Seagal Fans!

  • steven-snyder
    steven snyder

    It is interesting that so many people are giving this 7th dtv Seagal effort such a mediocre to bad rating. “Into the Sun” is Seagal’s best and most enjoyable effort since 2001’s “Exit Wounds”-this easily could have been a theatrical release as the production value of the film is much better than that of his previous efforts. Seagal plays Travis Hunter with much more charisma than in his last 5 efforts-and looks like he is having fun. The best acting job by Seagal since 1996’s “The Glimmer Man”-The camera work is fast-the story is better than his last efforts, although it does take a while to get going. The last 20 minutes reminded me of the sword work from “Kill Bill”-very well done for a D.T.V effort-the action, though scarce, is done very well. Seagal fans should be happy with this latest effort.

  • louise-schmidtke-mba
    louise schmidtke mba

    It’s the billion dollar formula, the cop on his last investigation, loses his new bride to bad guys and swears revenge. You hope there’s something new, in the flair, the setting, or maybe the bad guys. Not in this movie. The grouchy FBI boss was toothless, the rookie recruit wasn’t likable and the wife didn’t even get to struggle.The bad guys weren’t believable or scary, and neither was the violence. Steven has slowed down a step or two, looks more like David Carradine. Maybe they expected Steven’s competent Japanese to give him character. The violence was cheap, very cheap. No one dies in any exciting way. The blood is so terribly fake. A movie about Yakuza and made by Yakuza Productions Inc.

  • naglis-sakalauskas
    naglis sakalauskas

    Action: Steven Seagal looks in the best shape he’s been in since Exit Wounds. The action fight sequences unfortunately were few and far between. There was a fight at the mall that was superb, in my opinion this was great, but it was over too soon. This was really the only time where he truly showed off his hard to hand combat moves as well as his Aikido throws. The other fights later on were mainly sword based although there were a few punches. No care chases at all. The movie was certainly more plot based than we are used to for a Steven Seagal movie.Characters: Steven Seagal get’s a partner in this movie, but he is pretty much under-used. There’s a few funny moments between them. The other characters are pretty poor too. William Atherton as the boss doesn’t seem to interested in his role and the other Chinese and Japanese stars don’t improve the movie much either. I sure miss the days when Steven Seagal made movies with a decent support cast.Soundtrack: The radio stations and restaurants in Tokyo must all be tuned in to Steven Seagal FM, everywhere he went his music was playing – i heard a few of his tunes from ‘Songs From The Crystal Cave’ playing through the film. Overall i counted at least three of his songs including the credits song. The soundtrack was good though.Direction: The movie begins with an action sequence in the jungle, which is not very well done. The opening credits begin and then some graphic work happens to show the movie is in Tokyo. When i saw this is reminded me other Michael Oblowitz’s work in ‘Out For A Kill’ and i thought the worst, but after that panic it was certainly well directed. Good job mink.Overall: Pretty disappointing, i was expecting much more for a budget of $35 million, i don’t know where all this money was used as it seems rather excessive considering not much was blown up. It is certainly a better movie than ‘Out For A Kill’ and ‘The Foreigner’, but it is not better than ‘Belly Of The Beast’ and nowhere near as good as his earlier work. For a direct to video effort it is certainly above average though. I must admit i pretty much agree with the review form ‘Ain’t It Cool’.Rating: 2 / 5

  • natasa-galovic
    natasa galovic

    OK first of all if you are a Seagal fan you will love this movie. Secondly, if you are a martial artist you should enjoy this film. Now for the rest of the potential viewers. I feel that as a whole Seagal’s quality like Van damme has got worse over the past five years. This is obviously because of the fact that as an actor he has a limited realm and correct me if I am wrong but America has practically black listed him since he decided to increase his ‘ healthiness’ shall we say! Compare it now to the old ‘Under Siege’, ‘Marked for Death’ and ‘Out for Justice’ days and its probably not as good, but I don’t think you can compare this film with those. I actually prefer the fact that this film is set in Tokyo, having some very real elements to it and it maintains a lot of the traditional elements of the Japanese (e.g. traditional ceremonies like private remembrance service, Yakuza ceremony). If you have any appreciation of Asia and specifically Japan, and if you have visited Tokyo you will enjoy this film from the point of view that you will recognize a lot of the venues. Tsukiji fish market, O-daiba, Roppongi and Asakusa. That in itself is refreshing because most movies just use a standard studio or set to film in. I also believe that there is a prejudice against Asian cinema’s and directors. To be quite honest I think Seagal has taken some real risks with his choice of directors (multiple Asian countries) in the past five years or so because of his exclusion from the USA, but then good on him I say. If he still has fans and he still wants to make films why should the US movie industry control this ability for him to make films, Stuff ’em ! I short I think this movie has gone ‘ a little way’ in restoring his credibility as an action hero again, based purely on the martial arts sequences and the more ‘real life ‘ based scenario than some of his recent ‘unbelievable’ story lines.I did also like the way they tried to bring in a Chinese gangland element into it as well which goes to show that Chinese and Japanese can actually work together in film. This is quite rare to see in modern day action cinema. Notably also the mix of Asian producers used in the film shows that Seagal is actually building up a good network for acting across Asia and giving the opportunity for Asian producers and Directors to use an American ‘big name’ where most other American actors wouldn’t even go near Asia with a bargepole. This show promise that he will continue to pump out films via Asia, I just hope they remain good enough quality!

  • khristina-magdalene-sokolake
    khristina magdalene sokolake

    INTO THE SUN was supposed to get a limited cinema release, i don’t think it would have fared well on the big screen? The beginning is good, the ending is great, but the mid section (as with most recent SEAGAL movies) felt a little padded. SEAGAL (great as ever) plays TRAVIS HUNTER (great name) ex CIA Yakuza expert, sent to Tokyo, to solve the case of a murdered governor. SEAGAL meets up with his (soon to be) young bride, and makes his peace with his old sensei, but the Yakuza are on to Hunter (and his rookie partner) and plan to take them, out of the picture……BIG MISTAKE!!On paper this sounds fine, but i just wish that the director had given SEAGAL more to do than spend an hour, questioning people, or driving around. When the fight scenes do come, they are very good (i’ve watched it slo-mo, and looks 100% genuine SEAGAL…….so why all the quick cutting?) and SEAGAL still has amazing hand-speed (the sword fights are awesome) and i quite liked some of the Yakuza scenes (but it’s in this mid-section, that SEAGAL is rarely on screen, or even forgot about) but with more fight scenes, this movie could have been a classic. As it is, it’s a million times better than the (rather dull) OUT OF REACH, but still nowhere near the giddy heights of BELLY OF THE BEAST (the perfect combination of SEAGALism and kick ass action) Director MINK (eh?) does a good job with the action scenes, and tries to inject the movie with flashy visuals, from time to time. I’ll give them credit, however, for using music tracks from SEAGAL’s album (SONGS FROM THE CRYSTAL CAVE) throughout this movie. The sword fighting scenes are quite bloody as well (take note QUENTIN!) and the movie has a more ‘polished’ look than previous SEAGAL epics. The bottom line is this, people expecting another UNDER SIEGE need not watch this, but fans of 70’s Yakuza flicks will enjoy seeing the old cliché’s on display.It was rumoured that this picture was meant to be a remake of sorts to 1975’s classic THE YAKUZA (with ROBERT MITCHUM) but the blood soaked climax aside, it bears little resemblance.Final thoughts; Good movie, solid fight scenes (when they come) OK performances, crisp photography, great soundtrack (that i’ll bet is never released anywhere) No voice doubles and some violent bloodletting, make INTO A SUN a (slow) step in the right direction for STEVEN SEAGAL, still the baddest man on the planet known as ‘action’ 8 OUT OF 10

  • kristian-muhonen
    kristian muhonen

    If you’ve been disappointed with some of Seagal’s film of late, don’t let that stop you from seeing this one. Some people just think Seagal’s a joke and hate everything the guy does. But this movie is never boring, it’s very violent (like his films back “in the day” were), and the direction by “mink” (huh?) keeps the film moving at a brisk pace. The authentic Asian locations help a lot too.While far from perfect, this movie rocks: it pours on the blood, the fights, the moments of zen “calm” — all the things one expects from a Seagal film. And this one delivers!Seagal wrote and performs some of the music for the film too. It’s great stuff: he’s a decent singer and a fine guitarist.Keep crankin’ ’em out, Steve!

  • leonardo-adela-valadez
    leonardo adela valadez

    When the governor of Tokyo is killed in his campaign for election, the former CIA agent Travis Hunter (Steven Seagal) is assigned to find the responsible working together with the rookie FBI agent Sean (Matthew Davis). Travis was raised in Japan, has great connections with the underworld of the streets and is a master in sword and martial arts, trained by a former member of Yakuza. Travis discloses that there is a war between the old and traditional members of Yakuza and the new generation leaded by the deranged and sick Kuroda (Takao Osawa), who has associated to the Chinese Tong mobster Chen (Ken Low) in a powerful drug dealing business. When his fiancée Nayako (Kanako Yamaguchi) is brutally and cowardly murdered by one of Kuroda’s men, the mission of Travis becomes a personal issue and he seeks revenge.”Into the Sun” is the best of the recent works of Steven Seagal. The story is flawed, full of clichés, but also very entertaining. Steven Seagal does not have the same agility of his first movies, but the plot is well supported by magnificent landscapes, wonderful soundtrack and a great cast. I really have not understood why he alternates speaking in English or Japanese; there are some dialogs that the Japanese characters speak in Japanese and Travis speaks in English, in a complete mess. But in the end, I liked this film. My vote is six.Title (Brazil): “Operação Sol Nascente” (“Operation Rising Sun”)

  • c-iuri-bezhanishvili
    c iuri bezhanishvili

    I’ve watched many Seagal movies and his latest ones in the past 4 years or so have really been downers. Although they were fun to watch because you could always get your kicks out of the cheap acting, unrealistic gun battles and pathetic plot. I rented this movies looking forward to laughing more than paying attention. However, I must say, I was quite surprised because this movie is definitely much better than the other ones he’s released lately. It’s not near a 10/10 because it’s simply put a low budget film and the whole 22 year old girl and Seagal getting engaged was a bit disturbing. But yeah, other than that it was a much better movie this time around.

  • i-nagy-lilla
    i nagy lilla

    Governor Tokio is murdered and an agent , Travis Hunter , (Steven Seagal) and his partner (Matthew Davis) are assigned by CIA Chief (William Atherton) to resolve it and going to track down the responsible terrorist , a Japanese version of the Mafia (Yakuza) . However , the terrorist killing is only a string part of violence and corruption . A new leader Yakuza is planning a scheme to create an enormous dealing drug organization with the Chinese Mafia (The Tongs) . Thus , Travis Hunter along with his pal must detain the operation and remain alive . This new generation of Yakuza along with Tongs are getting into big business and interfering business old Yakuza . There were rules Yakuza respected and followed in the past but these rules do not apply to the new generation . For introducing themselves into gangsters spheres , they simulate being a master or ¨sensei¨(Seagal) and his pupil or ¨deshi¨ (Davis) . Besides , getting into neighbourhood where Seagal actually grew up and he explains that all organised crime gathers and does their things there , all kinds of organised crime (Tong, Yakuza) they are all centralised , there is major struggle for turf and for power , most of that power comes from heroin or ¨shabu¨ as they call it there . It’s a westernized oriental action film with an interesting mingle of suspense , buddy movie , martial arts , ancient ritual with typical code of honour and actual Japanese places . Abundant fists fights as swords struggles in which arms and body parts are slice off here and there and limbs are slit open everywhere or blasted apart . Cruel and savage murders make only recommended for those adults no squeamish and with strong stomach enough to take it . The motion picture was professionally directed by Mink . Rating : Passable and entertaining.