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The Perfect Weapon (1991)

Jeff, a young delinquent, is enrolled by his father in a kenpo school, in the hopes of teaching the boy some self-discipline. Years later, Jeff's mentor, Kim, is being threatened by one of ... See full summary »

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Mark DiSalle

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David C. Wilson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Speakman ... Jeff Sanders
John Dye ... Det. Adam Sanders
Mako ... Kim
James Hong ... Yung
Mariska Hargitay ... Jennifer
Dante Basco ... Jimmy Ho
Beau Starr ... Capt. Carl Sanders
Seth Sakai Seth Sakai ... Master Lo
Professor Toru Tanaka ... Tanaka
Clyde Kusatsu ... Detective Wong
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Kai
Tom Hermann Tom Hermann ... Jeff - Age 17
Micah Roberts Micah Roberts ... Jeff - Age 11
Ryan Bohannon Ryan Bohannon ... Adam - Age 6
Justin Webb Justin Webb ... Adam - Age 12
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Storyline

Jeff, a young delinquent, is enrolled by his father in a kenpo school, in the hopes of teaching the boy some self-discipline. Years later, Jeff's mentor, Kim, is being threatened by one of the Korean mafia families. Jeff tries to help his old friend, but is too late to prevent Kim's death at the hands of an unknown hitman. Vowing revenge, Jeff takes on all of the families, using his martial arts skills to find the man who killed his friend. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for martial arts violence and for some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

15 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Arma Perfeita See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,061,361
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(edited)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Four of the actors from this movie - 'Mako', Dante Basco, James Hong and Clyde Kusatsu - would work together again in Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Storm (2005), in which all four voiced characters. See more »

Goofs

The Korean mafia bosses are called "Oyabun", which is a Japanese term for mafia boss. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: Everybody knows Yung killed Kim, dick...
[Jeff cuts him off with a harsh glare]
Jimmy: [finishing] ... Tracy.
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Crazy Credits

Before the credits there is the following line: 'This film is dedicated to Ed Parker and the spirit of Kenpo.' See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Stuntmakers: Fantastic Fights (1991) See more »

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Travel China
Written by Ole Georg (as Henrik Nielsen)
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Fun if b-grade martial arts movie
2 December 2004 | by SoftKitten80See all my reviews

This is my favorite martial arts movie. The plot is easy to follow, which makes it good for non-martial arts viewers like me. Jeff has an easygoing personality and is very easy on the eyes. There are some elements of Asian-American meets Asian, and Jeff melts into that world almost effortlessly. The opening scene is memorable as Jeff shows us some of his martial arts moves in full condition, and has a good opening song. The film never drags. Great movie for couples to watch together as it isn't necessarily a "guy" film. Unfortunately, Jeff never followed through on the promise he showed in this, his best film. He later started doing mellow kind of dad movies. His time would have been better spent developing his acting abilities, which are rather wooden. But it's a good kind of b-grade acting.


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