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Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)

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Two cops have to work together to bring down the Yakuza, while trying to protect a beautiful woman.

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Mark L. Lester
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolph Lundgren ... Sgt. Chris Kenner
Brandon Lee ... Johnny Murata
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Funekei Yoshida
Tia Carrere ... Minako Okeya
Toshishiro Obata Toshishiro Obata ... Sato
Philip Tan ... Tanaka
Rodney Kageyama ... Eddie
Ernie Lively ... Detective Nelson
Renee Allman Renee Allman ... Angel Mueller (as Renee Griffin)
Reid Asato Reid Asato ... Muto
Takayo Fischer ... Mama Yamaguchi
Simon Rhee ... Ito
Vernee Watson ... Nonnie Russell - Coroner (as Vernee Watson-Johnson)
Lenny Imamura Lenny Imamura ... Kickboxer #1
Roger Yuan ... Kickboxer #2
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Storyline

Detective Chris Kenner was orphaned as a child as his father was in the service and was killed and lived in Japan. Now he is on the trail of ruthless Yakuza leader named Yoshido, who helped establish a small Japanese area in Los Angeles and is now running a drug ring disguised as a brewery. However, Kenner must team up with a Japanese-American detective named Johnny Murata, and he also must protect a witness named Minako who would testify against Yoshido. But what Kenner will soon discover that he will be in a lot more than what he bargained for. Written by John Wiggins

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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One's a warrior. One's a wise guy. They're two L.A. cops going after a gang of drug lords. Feet first.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, and for language, sensuality and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

23 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sgt. K. See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$649,809, 25 August 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,275,557
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Mark L. Lester's final cut came in at 90 minutes, but after seeing the test-screenings results, Warner Bros no longer supported the film and cut it down to 79 minutes. See more »

Goofs

At the part where Kenner first goes into Yoshida's house and the first guy he "kills" by snapping his neck, he goes limp. In the next shot, his arm is up to help laying down on the deck. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Murata: Listen, will you do this right? Clean? Like a cop in the 20th century, not some samurai warrior? We're gonna nail this guy. And when we get done... we're gonna go eat fish off those naked chicks!
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Alternate Versions

The Finnish cuts include:
  • The punishment of the failed bodyguard is shortened; the finger removing is intact, but the stabbing, and the yakuza-boss' yelling (Bring me the head of the blond cop!) is completely deleted.
  • The scene in the steam bath has lost some footage; several shots of Kenner (Dolph Lungren) stabbing the fat guy and pushing a hose to his mouth in the pool have been deleted, and the shootings of the nude yakuza-men in slow-motion are no more.
  • The scene where Kenner comes to rescue the suicidal woman (Tia Carrere) has lost some neck-snappings, and shootings. The final scenes have lost a lot of material, like Johnny (Brandon Lee) blowing up the guy in the gas barrel, and Kenner shooting thugs with a big machine gun.
  • The ultimate showdown between Kenner and the Yakuza boss has been heavily trimmed; all the bloody slashings to Kenner are no more, and a sword has been pushed through the boss's stomach... or rather isn't. NOTE: The Finnish dvd-version (anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1) is the full uncut version, and so is the Finnish video version re-release too (both rated K18).
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Connections

Referenced in Workaholics: Blood Drive (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Boys Night Out
Written by Kris Kurry and Eddie Wilde
Produced by Kris Kurry
Performed by K.K. Wilde
Courtesy of Platinum Records, Inc.
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A classic!
15 February 2005 | by AntagonistenSee all my reviews

This is one of the action-movies i grew up with. Seeing it again on TV just brings back a lot of memories. And actually the movie itself is not all crap either! Kenner (Lundgren) and Murata (Lee) both have trouble keeping their partners. Now they team up together to fight the Yakuza in Los Angeles.

Buddy cop pictures are not the most uncommon movies to say the least. But this is a movie that has it all. Campy acting, the worst one-liners ever, nicely choreographed fighting, evil Asians and heroes that are always on each others case. Not to mention the super-evil villain played here by the legendary Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa who should be quite used to these kinds of roles by now.

So, this is not exactly quality and it's not exactly good. But still it contains all the elements that made it an instant classic when i saw it for the first time. Half-naked women, cool heroes and loads of action. So the rating is based more on the memories than the actual movie. But for me this will always be a 7/10.


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