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Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)

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Two L.A. cops with opposing views on what is the best way to uphold the law 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

Taglines:

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:

$455,192, 25 August 1991

Gross USA:

$2,275,557

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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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Trivia

Despite a theatrical run in the United States (limited to 140 screens) and a few countries (Italy, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Mexico, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Thailand, and South Korea), Warner Bros ultimately released the film directly to video in most countries. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, a dummy can clearly be seen in the driver's seat of the car just before it is crushed. 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

US version rated 'R' (released in vhs, laserdisc, and dvd in the US) is cut (totalling 13 seconds) as follows:
  • The party in the pool lost a shot of an Oriental man walking with a topless woman
  • Several shots of Yoshida caressing Angel before choping her head are deleted
  • The exact chopping of Angel's head is shown in two different angles, but only one in the R version.
  • When the coroner opens the body bag, in the unrated version we get to enjoy two shots completely of Angel's seperated head, but the R has only one intact.
  • When Kenner stabs the fat guy under water, one brief shot of Kenner twisting the knife in the stomach while blood pours out, is removed. The cut FI-version is based on the full, unrated uncut version, so it features almost all material cut from it!
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Connections

References Seven Samurai (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Slow Hand
Written by John Bettis and Michael Clark
[The Pointer Sisters song sang by Tia Carrere's character at the nightclub]
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A crack-up
25 June 1999 | by mrfraneSee all my reviews

You have to keep only one thing in mind: Dorf (oops--Dolph) Lundgren as someone who speaks fluent Japanese is no more ridiculous than Dolph Lundgren as someone who speaks fluent English. And the vision of Dolph Lundgren running around in a hakama, happi coat, and handband, while waving a katana in one hand, is so hysterical that it's worth the couple of bucks to rent the movie.

And great flubs, too, like the scene in which the evil villain is mashing someone up in an auto crusher, and we get a clear shot of the dummy's head in the car, between scenes of the potential victim yelling for help. Rarely to we get to see such blatantly bad film editing. Or the two nude scenes in which the body double has breasts four times the size of the heroine's, and they can't even make it look like it's the same woman. Or the point at which poor Brandon Lee has to compliment Dolph on the size of his, well, you just have to hear it.

Whoever choreographed the Japanese sword fight scene, however, needs to be spanked.


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