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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)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Rally ... Mickey Delano
John Nishio John Nishio ... Akashi
Laura Burkett 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 »


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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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Shiro Tomita, who plays the gangster boss Nagura, in real life was a Sergeant in the L.A.P.D. See more »


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References First Blood (1982) See more »

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Lommel + Playgirl model = entertainment!
23 March 2010 | by udar55See all my reviews

Made by Ulli Lommell before he went crazy, discovered his video camera and serial killers. Tough LA cop Mike Delano (Steve Rally) seems to be the only guy concerned about the Yakuza in the city. As he tells his boss, "It is just like the 1920s with the Italians on the East Coast. Sure, we weren't around then, but it is just like it. I know it!" Delano teams with Akashi (John Nishio), a cop from Tokyo who arrived in town after the Yakuza killed his sister and her husband. Before you can yell "Bonsai!", the duo are on the streets chopping off fingers and ears because that is "what the Yakuza understands." Typical Lommell stuff here with plenty of good belly laughs from some choice dialog bits. Like Delano screaming, "I was born in California and I'm going to defend it!" My personal favorite bit was this touching exchange between our two unlikely partners:

Delano: I had an uncle who died before I was born. He was in the Navy and stationed at Pearl Harbor. He was eating breakfast the morning of the attack. They found him with scrambled eggs and blood in his mouth.

Akashi: I also had an uncle who died before I was born. His family lived in Nagasaki and one America plane dropped a huge bomb on them. They didn't find scrambled eggs in their mouths, but nuclear dust in their lungs. My father was lucky to have been in the US, although he was in a internment camp in California.

Delano: Soooooo, you married?

Rally is a former popular Playgirl model (or some I am told), so it is fitting he walks around wearing muscle shirts or only a vest. Hell, he takes off his shirt to pour a glass of milk. It is also fitting that he has a bit where he goes undercover as a male stripper. Lommell really knew his target audience? The funniest thing about the film is Chris Tashima, who is a Yakuza thug who gets his ear sliced off, won the Best Live Action Short Academy Award in 1997. I'm sure seeing ol' Ulli in action gave him all the schooling he needed. Lommell's future wife Cookie produced.

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