The Perfect Weapon (1991)

R  |   |  Action, Drama  |  15 March 1991 (USA)
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Jeff, a young delinquent, is enrolled by his father in a kenpo school, in the hopes of teaching the boy some self-discipline. Years later, Jeff's mentor, Kim, is being threatened by one of ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Det. Adam Sanders
Jimmy Ho
Beau Starr ...
Capt. Carl Sanders
Seth Sakai ...
Master Lo
Professor Toru Tanaka ...
Detective Wong
Tom Hermann ...
Jeff - Age 17
Micah Roberts ...
Jeff - Age 11
Ryan Bohannon ...
Adam - Age 6
Justin Webb ...
Adam - Age 12


Jeff, a young delinquent, is enrolled by his father in a kenpo school, in the hopes of teaching the boy some self-discipline. Years later, Jeff's mentor, Kim, is being threatened by one of the Korean mafia families. Jeff tries to help his old friend, but is too late to prevent Kim's death at the hands of an unknown hitman. Vowing revenge, Jeff takes on all of the families, using his martial arts skills to find the man who killed his friend. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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No gun. No knife. No equal. See more »


Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for martial arts violence and for some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

15 March 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El arma perfecta  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$14,061,361 (USA)

Company Credits

Production Co:

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Sound Mix:

(4 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Star Jeff Speakman signed a multi-picture deal at Paramount. One of the two of the two planned movies was a sequel to this film, and another script Paramount optioned about a cop fighting a terrorist. After the Paramount deal fell through, that script went on to Fox and became the 1994 blockbuster "Speed". See more »


When "Jeff" is fighting the gang of thugs in the antique store at the beginning, he knocks the guy through the window (same one he pulled through at the start of the fight). When the guy is shown landing, there is a glimpse of a blue landing mat just outside the window. See more »


Jimmy: Hey Terminator... I don't know where you came from, but you better go back.
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Crazy Credits

Before the credits there is the following line: 'This film is dedicated to Ed Parker and the spirit of Kenpo.' See more »


Referenced in Hollywood Stuntmakers: Fantastic Fights (1991) See more »


The Power
Written by Benito Benitez, John Garrett III, Toni C. (as Tony C.)
Performed by Snap
Courtesy of BMG Ariola Munich/Logic/Arista Records
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User Reviews

Jeff Speakman's first and best
14 June 2000 | by (somewhere in Australia) – See all my reviews

Where can I learn to fight like that? This movie is fantastic. The fight scenes are choreographed perfectly and make Speakman out to be a good fighter, but not invincible(he does get hit a few times, quite nastily I might add). This is much better than a Steven Seagal film where he never suffers one blow from the bad guys. The way Speakman moves is breathtaking. Its almost hard to believe that what he's doing is actually a martial art. But it is. And he does it so well.

The plot in this movie is simple: its just another revenge flick. This makes the movie easier to watch because you don't have to really watch the plot, just the action. Its rather disappointing that after this and Street Knight, speakman was reduced to doing low-budget films. He deserves another big budget movie like this. Fantastic action, fantastic martial arts choreography make this a 10/10 movie. If you haven't seen it yet you must WATCH IT NOW.

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