Goro, a criminal mastermind, plot to steal a massive cache of gold from the Rossini family. Unbeknownst to Goro and his soldiers of fortune, one of Rossini’s guest is a highly trained foreign operative who fights to not only save the hostages and the gold, but his imperiled family.
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