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Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. (1990)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 2 March 1991 (Japan)
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A streetwise New York police officer transforms into the world's most unusual superhuman hero.

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Lloyd Kaufman (screenplay), Andrew Osborne (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Gianasi Rick Gianasi ... Harry Griswold / Sgt. Kabukiman
Susan Byun Susan Byun ... Lotus
Bill Weeden ... Reginald Stuart
Thomas Crnkovich Thomas Crnkovich ... Rembrandt
Larry Robinson Larry Robinson ... Rev. Snipes
Noble Lee Lester ... Capt. Bender
Brick Bronsky Brick Bronsky ... Jughead
Pamela Alster Pamela Alster ... Connie LaRosa
Shaler McClure Shaler McClure ... Felicia
Jeff Wineshmutz Jeff Wineshmutz ... Hernandez
Joe Fleishaker ... Josephs
Fumio Furuya Fumio Furuya ... Sato
Masahiro Yamaguchi Masahiro Yamaguchi ... Ichiro
Traci Mann Traci Mann ... Ichiro's Wife
The Blonde Fox The Blonde Fox ... Waitress
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Storyline

Harry Griswald is a NYPD cop who is possessed with the spirit of a great Kabuki master. This has made him 'the chosen one' to do battle with 'the evil one'. He is also out to do good deeds and fight crime in the name of the law. The only problem is that a number of corrupt people in the community and their henchmen want him dead so that they can gain power when 'the evil one' come to take over the world. Sgt. Kabukiman must use his special superpowers to outsmart and out-fight the bad guys. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Fatal Sushi ... Lethal Chopsticks .. And As American As Apple Pie!


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Official Sites:

Troma

Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1991 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Kabukiman See more »

Filming Locations:

Jersey City, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kabukiman's insignia is the Japanese Kanji character "Chikara," which is the Japanese word for "power." See more »

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When the car crashes into Goldberg's Cleaners, a crowd can be vaguely seen to the right side of the shot. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Kabukiman: I was depressed, I was confused and I was turning Japanese.
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Crazy Credits

All animals were trained by T.I.G.E.R.S. (The Training Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species). They are always handled with the utmost of care and are never drugged or sedated. The cast and crew were trained by T.I.G.E.R.S. (The Tromaville Institute of Greatly Exaggerated Moviemaking Skills). They are also always handled with the utmost of care and are never drugged or sedated. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the PG-13 version, the murder of two children, three scenes of female topless nudity, a scene of cocaine use, all bloody impact wounds, a scene that implies fellatio and a woman being eaten by a tiger are censored or removed completely. They can be seen in the unrated director's cut. See more »

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Referenced in Return to Nuke 'Em High Volume 1 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Onatsu Kyoran
Performed by Kabuki Rocks
© 1990 Apollon Inc., Japan
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SUPRISINGLY FUN
2 February 2002 | by medrjelSee all my reviews

OK. This is not great cinema. This is not what you would define as a classic.

But for a B movie, it is A+

Like Toxie (The Toxic Adventure), Troma has once again created a character that is likeable and fun, yet this one is a bit of a jerk too. Still, I think that's what's so endearing about the character.

Basically, A bumbling cop accidentally receives the powers of the Kabuki, and has to fight "The Evil One". Lots of silliness. A bit of Troma trademark unneeded nudity (they love showing breasts whenever they can) and some worm eating. Get rid of that part, and it could be a fun series, and I would love to see a series of this. I think it's designed for a short-run TV series that would quickly develop a cult following. The character lends itself to short stories very well. Perhaps a Saturday Morning cartoon (like Toxie did).

Again, it's not great cinema, but it's a silly ride.


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