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Detective Chris Kenner was orphaned as a child as his father was in the service and was killed and lived in Japan. Now he is on the trail of ruthless Yakuza leader named Yoshido, who helped establish a small Japanese area in Los Angeles and is now running a drug ring disguised as a brewery. However, Kenner must team up with a Japanese-American detective named Johnny Murata, and he also must protect a witness named Minako who would testify against Yoshido. But what Kenner will soon discover that he will be in a lot more than what he bargained for. Written by
Director Mark L. Lester came up with the original story for the film, and his agent Martin E. Caan who wanted to produce the film also worked on the story. Two of them then hired some of their screenwriter friends to write a script for the film. Stephen Glantz and Caliope Brattlestreet, who are credited in the final film for writing the script, were first writers who were hired and they wrote first draft of the script titled Sgt.K. Couple other writers, Gary DeVore and Dennis Hackin, each wrote their own drafts of the script.
Screenwriter Steve Sharon also wrote a draft of the script which was re-titled into Yakuza and although it got some praise, filmmakers thought it was too serious version of the script, and they wanted for movie to be less serious and more of a tongue in cheek film similar to Lester's Commando (1985). Another screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin wrote the final shooting script which was again re-titled into Showdown In Little Tokyo. See more »
At various points throughout the movie, some of the Yakuza tattoos are clearly ink on skin-colored shirts (i.e., you can see wrinkles in the fabric.) See more »
This is one of the action-movies i grew up with. Seeing it again on TV just brings back a lot of memories. And actually the movie itself is not all crap either! Kenner (Lundgren) and Murata (Lee) both have trouble keeping their partners. Now they team up together to fight the Yakuza in Los Angeles.
Buddy cop pictures are not the most uncommon movies to say the least. But this is a movie that has it all. Campy acting, the worst one-liners ever, nicely choreographed fighting, evil Asians and heroes that are always on each others case. Not to mention the super-evil villain played here by the legendary Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa who should be quite used to these kinds of roles by now.
So, this is not exactly quality and it's not exactly good. But still it contains all the elements that made it an instant classic when i saw it for the first time. Half-naked women, cool heroes and loads of action. So the rating is based more on the memories than the actual movie. But for me this will always be a 7/10.
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