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Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. (1990)

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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Gianasi ...
Susan Byun ...
Reginald Stuart
Thomas Crnkovich ...
Larry Robinson ...
Rev. Snipes
Noble Lee Lester ...
Capt. Bender
Brick Bronsky ...
Pamela Alster ...
Connie LaRosa
Shaler McClure ...
Jeff Weinberg ...
Hernandez (as Jeff Wineshmutz)
Fumio Furuya ...
Masahiro Yamaguchi ...
Traci Mann ...
Ichiro's Wife
The Blonde Fox ...


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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2 March 1991 (Japan)  »

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No one was interested in showing the film in the US until around 1996, around when Tromeo and Juliet (1996) was released. This caused confusion as to which movie borrowed the car crash. See more »


The positions of the people during Griswold and Lotus' conversation near the Statue of Liberty. They disappear and reappear between shots. See more »


Sergeant Kabukiman: I was depressed, I was confused and I was turning Japanese.
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Crazy Credits

Key Gripe - "The Food Stinks" Key Grope - Joy Totoutch Golf Grip - "Keep Thumbs Locked" See more »


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Un Bel Di Vidremo
Performed by the Hamburg Radio Symphony Orchestra
Soprano: Bruna Rizzoli
Conductor: Napoleone Annovazzi
From the library of the Southern Library of Recorded Music, Los Angeles, California
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2 February 2002 | by (Dixie, USA) – See all my reviews

OK. This is not great cinema. This is not what you would define as a classic.

But for a B movie, it is A+

Like Toxie (The Toxic Adventure), Troma has once again created a character that is likeable and fun, yet this one is a bit of a jerk too. Still, I think that's what's so endearing about the character.

Basically, A bumbling cop accidentally receives the powers of the Kabuki, and has to fight "The Evil One". Lots of silliness. A bit of Troma trademark unneeded nudity (they love showing breasts whenever they can) and some worm eating. Get rid of that part, and it could be a fun series, and I would love to see a series of this. I think it's designed for a short-run TV series that would quickly develop a cult following. The character lends itself to short stories very well. Perhaps a Saturday Morning cartoon (like Toxie did).

Again, it's not great cinema, but it's a silly ride.

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