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Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)


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In this action film, Detective Chris Kenner (Dolph Lundgren) was raised in Japan and has a good understanding of Japanese culture, while his new partner, Johnny Murata (Brandon Lee), is a typical young, headstrong American. However, the two are both well-versed in martial arts, which comes in handy when they are assigned to break up a drug-smuggling gang in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama , Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Stephen Glantz , Caliope Brattlestreet
On DVD: Nov 10, 1998
Warner Home Video


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Critic Reviews for Showdown in Little Tokyo

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Fun B-grade martial arts movie. Lee has some great lines.

October 9, 2003

One of Lundgren's better efforts

September 17, 2002

January 11, 2007

August 26, 2005

Audience Reviews for Showdown in Little Tokyo



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"Gee whiz, i think there are more bad guys out there than we have bullets!"

Coxxie Mild Sauce

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Well... an early 90s action movie carrying on the influences of the 80's, including bad lines, bad hair, bad fashion and drugs, booze and shameless sex. Its an action movie with beef-steak, sushi, and swords and guns. Typically fits in the so bad its watchable category, B grade style.

Anyways, Dolph rapid rise to fame began to deteriorate with this one, his last major hurrah being Universal Soldier, which came out on year later, then a Hollywood haitus for 15 years before the B grade sequel Universal Soldier Regeneration which got some above average reviews, and the major release The Expendables. Playing the large, heroic samurai warrior-cop, he teams up with the charismatic and cocky Brandon Lee, to take on a Yakuza gang in "Little Tokyo" led by a sadistic evil leader who has a sordid history with Lundgren. Its a battle of cops and gangbangers dealing drugs. Throw in a very sexy Tia Carrere as the love interest, (though eye candy is all she's good for) and pretty much its amazing how a 80 min movie can get so much done. Its obvious it was chopped and edited badly as WB probably were unhappy with the result, but hey, short and sweet, for some its great that it was a short movie so they would be spared further pain, for others like me, it was short and to the point of what could have been a major disaster.

Mark Lester's directorial star is still Arnie's Commando, the epitome of 80's action, bad one liners, fashion, though it had less sex and nudity, but the violence was still up there. But since this was a mix of guns and martial arts, its obvious Lester has no experience directing martial arts scenes, fluid action lost to poor cinematography and bad camera angles. In contrast, the simple punch and guns firing were typical action quality. The rest is all trademark bad movie.

Accordingly, an older script was more dark and serious, and less comedy. Also there were a few cuts in certain scenes, but it as edited because Warner Bros were unhappy and gave it a limited release. There's also a lot of stuff ups and goofs.... a huge list. Also a typical trademark of bad movie-making. XD

Anyways... cheap thrills and cheap comedy. Its a classic bad movie. But its easy to watch, though whether its enjoyable is in the eye of the beholder.


Khris N

Super Reviewer

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