Showdown (I) (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Action  |  17 September 1993 (USA)
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Ken has just moved from Kansas with his mother. He talks to a girl named Julie, not knowing that her boyfriend Tom is very possessive of her. Tom is learning karate from Lee, a sensei whose... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Grant
Kenn Scott ...
Ken Marx
Mike (as John Mallory Asher)
Ken McLeod ...
Michael Cavalieri ...
Vice Principal Kowalski
Officer Spinelli (as Michael Genovese)
Nicholas Hill ...
Hit Man
Ray Gamboa ...
Debbie Bartelt ...


Ken has just moved from Kansas with his mother. He talks to a girl named Julie, not knowing that her boyfriend Tom is very possessive of her. Tom is learning karate from Lee, a sensei whose brother was killed by a rookie cop named Billy. Billy has since then become the janitor of the school that Ken, Julie and Tom go to. When Ken gets beaten up by Tom for talking to Julie again, Billy helps Ken by teaching him how to defend himself, which eventually leads to a battle between student vs. student, and sensei vs. sensei. Written by <>

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There is no other way.




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17 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American Karate Tiger  »

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The working title for this film during production was "Full Contact". See more »


When "Ken" is describing where he previously lived, he pronounces "Salina, KS" with a long 'e' sound, which is how it is pronounced when describing "Salinas, CA". In KS, it's pronounced with a long 'i' sound. See more »


Asst. Principal Kowalski: [Ken's first day at school] Ah, you're the new kid, huh?
Ken Marx: Uh, yeah.
Asst. Principal Kowalski: You got a name?
Ken Marx: Ken.
Asst. Principal Kowalski: Ken what?
Ken Marx: Marx.
Asst. Principal Kowalski: Marx, I'm Mr. Kowalski, Vice Principal. You got a problem you come see me. You know how to read?
Ken Marx: Uh, yes, sir.
Asst. Principal Kowalski: Ah, that's refreshing. Listen, let me lay down a few campus rules for you. No smoking, no profanity, no graffiti. No fighting, no weapons, and no sex. You like sex? Ah, never mind. On campus keep it in your pants. Listen, you stick to these rules, I'll stay out of your face. You don't...
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References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »


Recorded by D.F.M.
Written by Tracy Swider, Dana Freebairn, Adam Shore, Todd Lane
Published by Captin Swidey Music (ASCAP) Freebairn
Music (ASCAP) Shore Is Music (ASCAP) Ybsober Music (ASCAP)
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Great Movie, In Personal Collection
26 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Showdown, starring Billy Blanks and Christine was an excellent movie and I recently purchased it at my local video store. Although some of the acting wasn't up to par, the movie had great action and an excellent storyline. The violence scenes are a mixture of karate and UFC- style fighting. Most of the movie centers around Ken's new high school or the fighting dojo. This is a must watch. Some of the actors such as Ken Marx and Christine Taylor performed excellently though others such as Master Lee were a joke. This independent film is currently out of print and is hard to find. You may purchase on Ebay or Amazon or get lucky like I did.

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