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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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Funekei Yoshida
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Minako Okeya
Toshishiro Obata ...
Sato
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Tanaka
Rodney Kageyama ...
Eddie
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Detective Nelson
Renee Allman ...
Angel Mueller (as Renee Griffin)
Reid Asato ...
Muto
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Mama Yamaguchi
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Ito
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Nonnie Russell - Coroner (as Vernee Watson-Johnson)
Lenny Imamura ...
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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)  »

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Sgt. K.  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,275,557 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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At the crime scene, when Kenner is shown the decapitated girl's dead body, the church in the background is the same building seen in John Carpenter's 1987 horror thriller "Prince of Darkness". It's a historical landmark, the first Christian church in Little Tokyo, that was repaired and became the Union Center for the Arts after the 1994 earthquake. See more »

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Kenner carries a .44 Magnum Desert Eagle. This weapon only holds seven bullets in its clip + 1 in the chamber, for a total of 8 consecutive shots. During the shootout scene at the house, Kenner fires 17 shots before finally crouching behind a car to reload. See more »

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Yoshida: Now you only have one hand with which to wipe your ass with,do you want to keep the other one?.
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Referenced in Hollywood Stuntmakers: Fantastic Fights (1991) See more »

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Slow Hand
Written by John Bettis and Michael Clark
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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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