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Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)

Two cops have to work together to bring down the yakuza, while trying to protect a beautiful women.

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Rodney Kageyama ...
Eddie
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Detective Nelson
Renee Allman ...
Angel Mueller (as Renee Griffin)
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Mama Yamaguchi
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Ito
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Nonnie Russell - Coroner (as Vernee Watson-Johnson)
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Storyline

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 John Wiggins

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One's a warrior. One's a wise guy. They're two L.A. cops going after a gang of drug lords. Feet first.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, and for language, sensuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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23 August 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sgt. K.  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$649,809, 25 August 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,275,557
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Johnny Murata: You know all of that upper body strength really slows you down.
Chris Kenner: I'm not slow.
Johnny Murata: You didn't hit me.
Chris Kenner: If I did, you wouldn't be here.
Johnny Murata: Not arguing. But you didn't...
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Featured in David Walliams' Awfully Good: Awfully Good Movies (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Round and Round
Written and Produced by Kris Kurry
Performed by K.K. Wilde
Courtesy of Platinum Records, Inc.
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A classic!
15 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

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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