A Japanese investigator (Morita) and a Detroit cop (Leno) team up to track down a stolen prototype turbocharger.

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Investigator Fujitsuka Natsuo
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Detective Tony Costas
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Philip Madras
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Scully
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Lieutenant Ryerson
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Dingman
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Derek Jarryd
Danny Kamekona ...
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Kitao
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Mac
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Tenement Man
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Tony Costas, a brash, obnoxious, sexist and racist Detroit cop who has long since stopped following the rules, gets told that he will have to work with Inspector Fuji, a straightlaced policeman from Japan. Fuji is in Detroit searching for a Japanese engineer who has gone to America with plans for a top secret car part. The pair naturally fail to get along at first, but as the investigation continues, they almost begin to come close to tolerating each other's presence. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Not So Much A Lethal Weapon, More Of A Liability! See more »


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27 April 1989 (West Germany)  »

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Batendo De Frente  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)
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On The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), Jay Leno publicly admitted that he detested this movie and was embarrassed that he'd agreed to be in it. See more »

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Scully goes from having a P.O. Box and no criminal record to having a house address and a long rap sheet. See more »

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Detective Tony Costas: Stop that garment bag!
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Features The Untouchables (1959) See more »

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Written and Produced by Jerry Knight and Aaron Zigman
Performed by Surface
Courtesy of CBS Records
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The Best Movie Of All Time!
5 August 2005 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Well no, I tell a lie, this is in fact not the best movie of all time, but it is a really enjoyable movie that nobody I know has seen.

It's a buddy cop movie starring Jay Leno and Pat Morita(Mr Miyagi) with some fluff story about a missing car engine prototype or something, but that doesn't matter. the reason this movie is fun is because of the interaction between the two leads, who initially dislike and distrust each other but in a shocking twist of fate end up becoming friends. The whole culture difference thing is done quite well,in that it's fun to watch, it's completely ridiculous but in a cheesy and enjoyable kind of way. The soundtrack is cool,once again in a cheesy 80's kind of way, it suits the movie, I've been trying to find one of the songs for ages, but as I'm working from memory of what I think a few of the words were i can't seem to find it.

Another thing this movie has is the most fantastic pay off of any movie ever, but I won't give that one away, oh no! In conclusion I'd take this movie over 48 Hours\most of Eddie Murphys output including Beverly Hills cop, and whatever buddy junk Jackie Chan or Martin Lawrence have to their names. If you're looking for a buddy cop movie and are getting fed up with "straight white cop meets zany streetwise black cop" give this a shot. You might be pleasantly surprised cos this turns the whole formula upside down with "straight Japanese cop meets zany streetwise white cop".

I'm giving this 7. to be honest I like it more than that. I'd rather watch this than a lot of stuff I'd give 8. But I guess I know deep down that it's some sort of insanity that makes me like this movie.


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