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A Tokyo cop is sent to Los Angeles to help an LAPD detective break up a yakuza (Japanese organized crime syndicate) ring operating in the city.


Ulli Lommel


Ulli Lommel (original screenplay), David Scott Kroes (original screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Rally ... Mickey Delano
John Nishio John Nishio ... Akashi
Laura Burkett ... Jamie
Allen Wisch Allen Wisch ... Collins
Antonio Caprio Antonio Caprio ... Chief of Police
Roy Summersett Roy Summersett ... Steiner
Shiro Tomita Shiro Tomita ... Nagura Sr.
Chris Tashima ... Nagura Jr.
Bruce Yamane Bruce Yamane ... Taguchi
William Ghent William Ghent ... Osaki (as Bill Ghent)
Pylah Chan Pylah Chan ... Tamoko Osaki
Craig Watanabe Craig Watanabe ... Tanaki
Tony Livingston Tony Livingston ... Michelle
Diana Tanaka ... Hayaki's Mother
Yong Bhang Yong Bhang ... Hayaki's Father


Violence, murder and terror become everyday occurrences in Little Tokyo. The tiny Japanese American community is taken over in an iron-fisted reign of terror by the infamous Yakuza organization. Yakuza mobsters extort money from the residents for the privilege of staying alive. One maverick detective and the brother of a dead Yakuza victim form their own counter death squad to fight the Yakuza. The detective and the surviving brother resort to every from of counter-terrorism, every weapon available, to stop the sinister Yakuza. Written by castmember

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The L.A. cop and the Tokyo enforcer. Different worlds. Different weapons. One war. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller


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Akashi (John Nishio)'s monologue about imagining one's final hour and the various ways of dying while meditating is taken from the unwritten Samurai code of conduct, known as Bushido, which states that absolute loyalty to death must be worked at every day. One should begin each day in quiet meditation, imagining one's final hour and various ways of dying - by bow and arrow, gun, spear, cut down by the sword, swallowed up by the sea, jumping into a fire, being struck by lightning, crushed in an earthquake, falling off a cliff, death from illness, sudden death - and thus one should begin the day by dying. See more »


After Akashi shoots the yakuza punk in Mickey's garden, Mickey says "that's not the one who killed your brother", but it was stated earlier that it was Akashi's sister who was killed by the yakuza, he told Mickey that he was her brother. See more »


Akashi: Sayonara.
Mickey Delano: Sayonara? What does that mean?
Akashi: Goodbye.
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Crazy Credits

The movie begins with the title as "Oer Kill" until the V drops down and makes it "Over Kill" See more »


References First Blood (1982) See more »

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The greatest Anti-Japanese Miami Vice rip off of the 80's!
20 April 1999 | by Bogue-2See all my reviews

WOAH! That's all I can say about Overkill! It has some of the greatest dialogue I have ever heard. Example- Guy: Sayonara. Guy2:What does that mean? Guy: It means goodbye. Never have I seen the horrors of the yakuza so expertly portrayed in a mindless action movie! I mean look at this guy! He kills people with a sword! Cool! See this movie and maybe they'll make Overkill 2: Ohaiyo! What does that mean?

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Release Date:

15 December 1987 (West Germany) See more »

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Rise of the Phoenix See more »

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