Steele is ex-cop and Vietnam vet who is determined to bring down Kwan, former South Vietnamese general and now rich and powerful drug lord.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Det. Tom Reese
Gen. Bon Soong Kwan (as Soon-Teck Oh)
David Froman ...
Kimiko Hiroshige ...
Sheila Gale Kandlbinder ...
Robert Kim ...
Det. Lee Van Minh
Pham Van Kwan
Eric Lee ...
New Thug
Long Hair


John Steele is a Vietnam Vet who's had trouble adjusting to life after the war. He hasn't been able to hold on to a job which includes being a cop. When his best friend, Lee who also served with him in Vietnam, and who also became a cop was killed by some drug dealers he was investigating. Steele was able to save his daughter and saw one of the shooters. He later sees him and learns that he is the son of General Kwan, another person he served with in Vietnam who was running his own deals on the side, and who tried to kill Steele and Lee but Steele not only survived but thwarted his last plan. Steele suspects Kwan is involved with Lee's death but unfortunately Kwan's a respected member of the community. And Steele's former boss Bennett is not in a rush to find the killers cause investigation reveals that Lee may have been dirty which Steele knows is not true. Steele sets out to prove Lee's innocence and to get Kwan. Written by

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The only law is the Black Tiger's. The only justice is John Steele's. See more »


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Release Date:

9 July 1987 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Stahl-Justiz  »

Box Office


$1,327,740 (USA)

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3 July 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Martin Kove stars as John Steele an ex-vietnam vet who becomes a one man army when his partner (and fellow vietnam vet friend) is killed by an enemy of his in Vietnam. Silly actioner which has a huge bodycount, will no doubt satisfy those craving action, but will fail to keep anyone else from squirming, or laughing for that matter (Martin Kove's wound repair scene must be seen to be believed). Soon Tech Oh does make a good villian though.

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