Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)




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Director Mark L. Lester modeled this police action drama on the Hong Kong style, guaranteeing plenty of over-the-top action sequences. Dolph Lundgren stars as police detective Chris Kenner, an American raised in Japan. He is given a new partner, Johnny Murata (Brandon Lee, making his Hollywood debut), a Japanese raised in America. The two are made for each other -- Chris doesn't appreciate American culture, while Johnny doesn't much like Japanese culture. One thing they both enjoy are the martial arts, of which they are experts. The two are assigned to L.A.'s Little Tokyo, trying to nab the notorious Yoshida (Carey-Hiroyuki Tagawa), a drug manufacturer using a local brewery as his distribution center. Yoshida, a member of the Yakuza, has brought the residents of Little Tokyo to their knees. But Chris has personal reasons for wanting to get Yoshida -- as a child he witnessed Yoshida murdering his parents. When Yoshida rapes and kidnaps Minako (Tia Carrere), a beautiful lounge singer, it's the last straw and Chris and Johnny set out for Yoshida's heavily guarded home for a big showdown.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Dolph Lundgren
as Det. Kenner
Brandon Lee
as Johnny Murata
Tia Carrere
as Minako
Philip Tan
as Tanaka
Ernie Lively
as Det. Nelson
Reid Asato
as Muto
Takayo Fischer
as Mama Yamaguchi
Vernee Watson-Johnson
as Nonnie Russell
Lenny Imamura
as Kickboxer #1
Roger Yuan
as Kickboxer #2
Susan E. Cox
as Mrs. Kenner
Rick Cramer
as Mr. Kenner
Keith Boldroff
as Kenner as a Young Boy
R. David Smith
as Hells Angel #1
Tony Maccario
as Hells Angel #2
Rome Viharo
as Hispanic Gang Leader
Stephen Park
as 1st Asian Cop
Keenan Thomas
as Crip Gang Leader
Steve Park
as Cop #1
Jim Ishida
as Cop #2
Rachen Assapiomonwait
as Bath House Attendant
Tera Tabrizi
as Body Double for Tia Carrere (uncredited)
Ryan Ryusaki
as Son at Parade
Jeff Ramsey
as Samurai Horseman
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
as Funekei Yoshida
Phil Chong
as Samurai Horseman
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A hopelessly generic actioner...

Full Review… | January 8, 2016
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Fun B-grade martial arts movie. Lee has some great lines.

October 9, 2003

One of Lundgren's better efforts

September 17, 2002

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July 26, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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

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LOLZ. 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. XD

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