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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 »

Director:

Mark DiSalle

Writer:

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 ... 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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No gun. No knife. No equal. See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

A sequel was planned, but a change of regimes at Paramount meant it never came to be. See more »

Goofs

When Tanaka is being transported in a police car, he hits the driver, causing the car to lose control and flip. The gas canister used to flip the car is visible on the road as the car flips. See more »

Quotes

Master Lo: I have shown you the way of the dragon, but you have not seen it. Experience will be your teacher.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

TV versions airing on TBS have two additional scenes in which Jennifer (Mariska Hargitay) has lines: one after Kim's funeral, in which she and Jeff catch up; and the other some days later, in which Jennifer and Jeff share a kiss before ninjas attack the two at the garden where she works. Theatrical and video versions have edited out any romance between Jennifer and Jeff in the story. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Standing in the Shadows
Music by Gary Chang
Lyrics by Kent Houseman
Performed by Kent Houseman
Produced by Gary Chang
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Fight fest
25 January 2013 | by ctomvelu1See all my reviews

As Steve Segal's career began to decline, Jeff Speakman's was on the rise. Of the various martial arts movies Speakman did,l this is by the far the best, although Lord knows it is no masterpiece. There is very little plot other than revenge, but the fight scenes are well done and plentiful. Many familiar faces (Mako, James Hong, Toru Tanaka) are on hand to support Speakman, who is about as good an actor as Segal, which is to say not particularly good. But he looks great in the fight scenes. A young and delectable Mariska Hargitay, later of L&O: SVU, is along for the ride. Speakman was one of several actors that Hollywood briefly employed to capitalize on Segal's success. None lasted all that long. It took the arrival of Jet Li to spark new interest in martial arts flicks.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

15 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Perfect Weapon See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,934,572, 17 March 1991

Gross USA:

$14,061,361

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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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