Sgt. Kabukiman, N.Y.P.D. (1994)

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This comical sci-fi cop adventure is set in the future and follows the exploits of a New York detective who is given superhuman powers from a mysterious Kabuki. Suddenly he turns into a colorfully dressed, but still somewhat bungling crime fighter.
Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
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On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
Troma

Cast

Rick Gianasi
as Harry Griswold-Sgt. Kabukiman
Susan Byun
as Lotus
Bill Weeden
as Reginald Stuart
Thomas Crnkovich
as Rembrandt
Larry Robinson
as Reverend Snipes
Noble Lee Lester
as Captain Bender
Brick Bronsky
as Jughead
Pamela Alster
as Connie LaRosa
Shaler McClure
as Felicia
Jeff Wineshmutz
as Hernandez
Joe Fleishaker
as Josephs
Traci Mann
as Ichiro's Wife
The Blonde Fox
as Waitress
Herbert Becker
as Mr. Goldberg
Rick Collins (II)
as Interviewer
Michael Deeg
as Member of Snipe's Gang
David Floyd
as Member of Snipe's Gang
Marcelo Giscome
as Member of Snipe's Gang
Paul Hiatt
as Member of Snipe's Gang
Danny Provenzano
as Member of Snipe's Gang
Joseph Scerri
as Member of Snipe's Gang
Brian Bilcher
as Stuart's Evil Man
Richard DeMaree
as Stuart's Evil Man
John Graziano
as Stuart's Evil Man
Todd Kimmell
as Stuart's Evil Man
William J. Mann
as Stuart's Evil Man
Nick Palmer
as Stuart's Evil Man
Richard Slater
as Stuart's Evil Man
Bruce Barney
as Yuppie
John Nathan Turner
as Lawyer No. 1
Michael Artura
as Lawyer No. 2
Patricia Kaufman
as Birthday Mom
Sarah Uffelman
as Mom No. 2
Sean O'Neill
as Stuart's Male Secretary
Jane Kober
as Prissy Lady in Theater
Robert Pemberton
as Man in Big Red Hat
James Van Vladricken
as Kid on Tricycle
Anthony Falco
as Truck Driver
Phil Rivo
as Drunk
Fred Fredrickson
as Homeless Man
Madelin Correa
as Woman in Car
Jerry Meko
as Large Woman in Precinct
Burt Wright
as Gentleman in Precinct
Tony Messina
as Plainclothesman
Mary Linn Miller
as Detective
Charlotte Kaufman
as Ichiro's Child
Lisbeth Kaufman
as Ichiro's Child
Nevada Belle
as Hospital Administrator
Judy Prianti
as Nurse No. 1
Diane Fischetti
as Nurse No. 2
Ann Phuvan
as Sato's Assistant
Maria Shibaji
as Sato's Assistant
Steve Ferguson
as Car Thief
Alan Rhea
as Purse Snatcher
Joy Palevsky
as Female Reporter
Andrea 'Andi' Giordano
as Pimp's Woman
Pattie Meyer
as Pimp's Woman
Stanley L. Kaufman Sr.
as Distinguished Man in Park
Robert Volpe II
as Big Man Holding Little Boy
Zachary Daniel Sass
as Toddler in Arms
Paul McCarthy
as Hairdresser
Maria Fridmanovich
as Kabuki Cut Woman
Mario Joyner
as Hole in the Head Thug
Michael O'Pelka
as Acid Faced Thug
Judy Fuhrer
as Beautiful Woman in Times Square
Aubu
as Himself
Mac Sutherland
as Dog Walker
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Critic Reviews for Sgt. Kabukiman, N.Y.P.D.

All Critics (2)

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December 31, 1999
New York Times
Top Critic

The best of the Troma films.

April 13, 2003
Your Movies (cleveland.com)

Great title, lousy movie

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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Full Review… | June 5, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Sgt. Kabukiman, N.Y.P.D.

½

In the late 80's Troma Pictures was given $1,500,000 in funding by a Japanese production company in order to make a family movie about a crime fighting Kabukiman. The moral of the story: people with morals should not be giving Lloyd Kaufman money.

Andrew Brandt
Andrew Brandt

"Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D." has all the hallmarks of a Troma film: campy acting, nudity, gleeful violence, an absurd concept and the fact that it looks like it was written, shot and edited together in a matter of a few weeks. Most of what happens is so far-fetched and idiotic that a portion of the film's overall badness can be overlooked if in the right mood, but not forgiven. What you basically have is a pretty ugly-looking load of nonsense that's chaotic, gross, inane and about as technically adept as your average family home video. It isn't terribly hard to endure, but that's about the only good thing that I have to say about it.

Stephen Earnest
Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer

½

Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD is one of my favourite Troma movies. In fact, it's one of my favourite cult movies - full stop. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz really hit a home run with this opus. Rarely have either of these great men been responsible for something so lovingly crafted or effortlessly winning. In my opinion, Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD proves once and for all that Kaufman and Herz are highly skilled filmmakers, not the hacks they promote themselves to be. These men should be feted at film festivals around the world as film gods instead of being reduced to approaching perverts in public toilets for funding. This film is extremely accomplished. The direction is stylish, the pacing is brisk and the action sequences are well staged. Moreover, the film is startlingly original, seamlessly blending action, fantasy, horror, comedy and kabuki. The quality that sets Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD apart from many Troma films for me is its sense of whimsy and good natured humour. This is possibly the funniest movie Kaufman and Herz have ever made. Much of this is due to Rick Gianasi. Gianasi is by no means a great actor, but his charismatic yet clueless persona is perfect for the role of Harry/Kabukiman. Harry's transformation into Kabukiman and his encounters with Reginald's henchmen are hilarious and visually impressive. It takes a unique mind to come up with death by chopsticks and sushi paper. The special effects are great, with the emphasis being placed more on humour than gore. The scene in which Kabukiman is flattened by a truck never ceases to make me laugh. Kaufman and Herz not only created a great hero in Kabukiman, but also an excellent sidekick in Lotus. Susan Byun plays the role with a po-faced sincerity that is hysterical. I also found the romance between Kabukiman and Lotus strangely endearing. Forget those losers balancing on the end of the boat in "Titanic", the most romantic moment in cinema history is Kabukiman flying over New York City with Lotus on his back (that is before he gets airsick and hurls). The flying scenes deserve a special mention, this is the kind of B-grade special effect that got me hooked on cult movies for life. Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD is a very special film, which I would recommend to anyone. Cult movies have rarely been so original, entertaining and lacking in pretension. It is surely time for Lloyd to start pimping out Mr Herz in order to raise funds for the sequel.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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