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Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. (1990)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Fantasy | 2 March 1991 (Japan)
A streetwise New York police officer transforms into the world's most unusual superhuman hero.

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Rick Gianasi ...
Susan Byun ...
Lotus
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Reginald Stuart
Thomas Crnkovich ...
Rembrandt
Larry Robinson ...
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Noble Lee Lester ...
Capt. Bender
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Jughead
Pamela Alster ...
Connie LaRosa
Shaler McClure ...
Felicia
Jeff Weinberg ...
Hernandez (as Jeff Wineshmutz)
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Josephs
Fumio Furuya ...
Sato
Masahiro Yamaguchi ...
Ichiro
Traci Mann ...
Ichiro's Wife
The Blonde Fox ...
Waitress
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Harry Griswald is a NYPD cop who is possessed with the spirit of a great Kabuki master. This has made him 'the chosen one' to do battle with 'the evil one'. He is also out to do good deeds and fight crime in the name of the law. The only problem is that a number of corrupt people in the community and their henchmen want him dead so that they can gain power when 'the evil one' come to take over the world. Sgt. Kabukiman must use his special superpowers to outsmart and out-fight the bad guys. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Fatal Sushi ... Lethal Chopsticks .. And As American As Apple Pie!

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Sergeant Kabukiman: I like a dog-faced monkey that has an appreciation for expensive sports cars.
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All animals were trained by T.I.G.E.R.S. (The Training Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species). They are always handled with the utmost of care and are never drugged or sedated. The cast and crew were trained by T.I.G.E.R.S. (The Tromaville Institute of Greatly Exaggerated Moviemaking Skills). They are also always handled with the utmost of care and are never drugged or sedated. See more »

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References Communion (1989) See more »

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Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. Theme Song
Composed by Dan Skye and Paul Short
Chris Carroll - Guitars, Jeff Baron - Drums
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One Of Troma's Best
28 March 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD is one of my favourite Troma movies. In fact, it's one of my favourite cult movies - full stop. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz really hit a home run with this opus. Rarely have either of these great men been responsible for something so lovingly crafted or effortlessly winning.

In my opinion, Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD proves once and for all that Kaufman and Herz are highly skilled filmmakers, not the hacks they promote themselves to be. These men should be feted at film festivals around the world as film gods instead of being reduced to approaching perverts in public toilets for funding. This film is extremely accomplished. The direction is stylish, the pacing is brisk and the action sequences are well staged. Moreover, the film is startlingly original, seamlessly blending action, fantasy, horror, comedy and kabuki.

The quality that sets Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD apart from many Troma films for me is its sense of whimsy and good natured humour. This is possibly the funniest movie Kaufman and Herz have ever made. Much of this is due to Rick Gianasi. Gianasi is by no means a great actor, but his charismatic yet clueless persona is perfect for the role of Harry/Kabukiman. Harry's transformation into Kabukiman and his encounters with Reginald's henchmen are hilarious and visually impressive. It takes a unique mind to come up with death by chopsticks and sushi paper. The special effects are great, with the emphasis being placed more on humour than gore. The scene in which Kabukiman is flattened by a truck never ceases to make me laugh.

Kaufman and Herz not only created a great hero in Kabukiman, but also an excellent sidekick in Lotus. Susan Byun plays the role with a po-faced sincerity that is hysterical. I also found the romance between Kabukiman and Lotus strangely endearing. Forget those losers balancing on the end of the boat in "Titanic", the most romantic moment in cinema history is Kabukiman flying over New York City with Lotus on his back (that is before he gets airsick and hurls). The flying scenes deserve a special mention, this is the kind of B-grade special effect that got me hooked on cult movies for life.

Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD is a very special film, which I would recommend to anyone. Cult movies have rarely been so original, entertaining and lacking in pretension. It is surely time for Lloyd to start pimping out Mr Herz in order to raise funds for the sequel.


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