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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Shortcut
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Lieutenant Ryerson
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Dingman
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Derek Jarryd
Danny Kamekona ...
Oshima
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Kitao
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Kosnic
Jack Poggi ...
Mac
Hamadi Izzard ...
Tenement Kid
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Tenement Man
Kevin Hagan ...
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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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27 April 1989 (West Germany)  »

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Batendo De Frente  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)
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A rare, obscure pistol known as the "Gyrojet" featured prominently in the film. According to the dialogue, it was used because it was "very hard to trace." See more »

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As Natsuo and Costas crawl out of the rolled over Toyota rental car a roll bar is visible underneath them. See more »

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Derek Jarryd: You were supposed to negotiate with him, not kill him.
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ELECTRO-CUTIE (SHOCK IT TO ME)
Written and Produced by Bootsy Collins and Bill Laswell
Performed by Bootsy Collins
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Best movie ever made!
22 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie will go down down in history as one of the greats, right along side of Citizen Kane, Casablanca, and On The Waterfront. Someone please convince Leno to do a sequel! Leno and Morita are a comedy duo, the likes of which haven't been seen since Abbot and Costello. The evil that emanates from Chris Sarandon, Tom Noonan, and Randall "Tex" Cobb will give you the chills. Dingman's character as the buffoonish oaf hearkens back to the days of Shakespeare's comedies. And the climax. My goodness, the climax. I won't ruin it for you, but it makes the explosion of the Death Star pale in comparison. If you can track down this hard-to-find gem, do yourself and your family a favor and buy it immediately. I'm still holding out hope for a special edition DVD one of these days.


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