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The Perfect Weapon (1991)

Jeff, a young delinquent, is enrolled by his father in a kenpo school, in the hopes of teaching the boy some self-discipline. Years later, Jeff's mentor, Kim, is being threatened by one of ... See full summary »

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Mark DiSalle

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David C. Wilson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Speakman ... Jeff Sanders
John Dye ... Det. Adam Sanders
Mako ... Kim
James Hong ... Yung
Mariska Hargitay ... Jennifer
Dante Basco ... Jimmy Ho
Beau Starr ... Capt. Carl Sanders
Seth Sakai Seth Sakai ... Master Lo
Professor Toru Tanaka ... Tanaka
Clyde Kusatsu ... Detective Wong
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Kai
Tom Hermann Tom Hermann ... Jeff - Age 17
Micah Roberts Micah Roberts ... Jeff - Age 11
Ryan Bohannon Ryan Bohannon ... Adam - Age 6
Justin Webb Justin Webb ... Adam - Age 12
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Storyline

Jeff, a young delinquent, is enrolled by his father in a kenpo school, in the hopes of teaching the boy some self-discipline. Years later, Jeff's mentor, Kim, is being threatened by one of the Korean mafia families. Jeff tries to help his old friend, but is too late to prevent Kim's death at the hands of an unknown hitman. Vowing revenge, Jeff takes on all of the families, using his martial arts skills to find the man who killed his friend. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for martial arts violence and for some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

15 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Arma Perfeita See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,934,572, 17 March 1991

Gross USA:

$14,061,361

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,061,361
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(edited)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A sequel was planned, but a change of regimes at Paramount meant it never came to be. See more »

Goofs

when Jeff's fighting in the warehouse, he beats up about six people. One of them has a red bandanna on, which gets knocked off. In the next frame, the bandanna is back on the guy's head. See more »

Quotes

Master Lo: I have shown you the way of the dragon, but you have not seen it. Experience will be your teacher.
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Crazy Credits

Before the credits there is the following line: 'This film is dedicated to Ed Parker and the spirit of Kenpo.' See more »

Alternate Versions

TV versions airing on TBS have two additional scenes in which Jennifer (Mariska Hargitay) has lines: one after Kim's funeral, in which she and Jeff catch up; and the other some days later, in which Jennifer and Jeff share a kiss before ninjas attack the two at the garden where she works. Theatrical and video versions have edited out any romance between Jennifer and Jeff in the story. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Stuntmakers: Fantastic Fights (1991) See more »

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Travel China
Written by Ole Georg (as Henrik Nielsen)
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Jeff Speakman's first and best
14 June 2000 | by alfred_zamoraSee all my reviews

Where can I learn to fight like that? This movie is fantastic. The fight scenes are choreographed perfectly and make Speakman out to be a good fighter, but not invincible(he does get hit a few times, quite nastily I might add). This is much better than a Steven Seagal film where he never suffers one blow from the bad guys. The way Speakman moves is breathtaking. Its almost hard to believe that what he's doing is actually a martial art. But it is. And he does it so well.

The plot in this movie is simple: its just another revenge flick. This makes the movie easier to watch because you don't have to really watch the plot, just the action. Its rather disappointing that after this and Street Knight, speakman was reduced to doing low-budget films. He deserves another big budget movie like this. Fantastic action, fantastic martial arts choreography make this a 10/10 movie. If you haven't seen it yet you must WATCH IT NOW.


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