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Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)

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





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Funekei Yoshida
Minako Okeya
Toshishiro Obata ...
Philip Tan ...
Rodney Kageyama ...
Detective Nelson
Renee Allman ...
Angel Mueller (as Renee Griffin)
Reid Asato ...
Mama Yamaguchi
Nonnie Russell - Coroner (as Vernee Watson-Johnson)
Lenny Imamura ...
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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 John Wiggins

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Release Date:

23 August 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sgt. K.  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)


$2,275,557 (USA)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(4 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Mark L. Lester's final cut came in at 90 minutes, but after seeing test-screenings results Warner Bros did no longer support the film and cut it down to 79 minutes. See more »


All of Minako's nude scenes are an obvious body double wearing a wig that is significantly longer and fuller than Tia Carrere's actual hair. See more »


Johnny Murata: We've got a problem here. There are more bad guys than we've got bullets.
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User Reviews

A classic!
15 February 2005 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – 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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