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New York Cop (1993)

New York Undercover Cop (original title)
Allegedly based on a true story, this film follows the life of Toshi, a Japanese man living in America and working with the New York City police. After being recommended for undercover work... See full summary »


Tôru Murakawa


Hiroshi Kashiwabara, Jiro Ueno (story)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tôru Nakamura ... Toshi
Chad McQueen ... Hawk
Mira Sorvino ... Maria
Conan Lee ... Konen Li
Andreas Katsulas ... Ferrara
Tony Sirico ... Mr. C
Manny Perez ... Tito
Jon Seda ... Mario
Manny Siverio Manny Siverio ... Sledge
Larry Romano ... Emilio
Laurence Mason ... Danny Boy
Eric Lutes ... Powell
Vito Antuofermo ... Jimmy
Suzanne Tino Suzanne Tino ... Marge
Christine Romeo Christine Romeo ... Kate


Allegedly based on a true story, this film follows the life of Toshi, a Japanese man living in America and working with the New York City police. After being recommended for undercover work, Toshi decides to go after a gang lead by Hawk. Hawk and Toshi soon become friends, although Hawk's second-in-command, Tito, is suspicious of the newcomer. Will Toshi be able to bring the gang down, or will his cover be blown before he can finish the assignment? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The toughest city in the world deserves the toughest cop.


Action | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

14 August 1993 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

New York Cop See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


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Filmed in the winter of 1993. See more »


Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »


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How did you get to be a cop? How did you get to be a human being?
28 August 2005 | by sol1218See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Gritty and realistic New York City photography and tough guy Chad McQueen's, Hawk, sensitive and protective feelings towards his kid sister Maria,Mira Sorvino. Hawk in the film is not just the only non-Hispanic member of an all-Latin street gang "The Brotherhood" but it's leader as well!

The hero in the movie Toshi, Toru Nakamura, as an undercover cop in Manhattans crime ridden East Village is so bad in trying to speak the English language that you have to wait and hear the people he's talking to answer him! Thats about the only way you can figure out just what he's talking about.

Toshi's boss Capt. Brodsky, Steve Boles, comes across as the most clueless person in the movie. Capt. Brodsky not only placing the Japanese-American cop in the mostly Hispanic East Village, where he sticks out like a sushi chef in an Italian pizzeria. Toshi goes around the poor and burnt-out neighborhood undercover in expensive designer cloths and smells, from slapping on his face, of exotic and imported colognes.

After getting into a altercation with a number of "The Brotherhood" gang members Toshi ends up getting rescued by "The Brotherhood's" leader Hawk's sister Maria. After having a few words with Toshi, when he found him at Maria's place the next morning, Hawk invites him to join his organization after Toshi can show him how tough he is. Going to the local biker clubhouse to collect money that they owe Hawk Toshi catches the biker's head man in bed ,getting it on with his woman, and after he tries to attack him Toshi has him bloodied and dangling from a four story window.

Toshi now a respected member of the gang get's in touch with his contacts in the police department in tracking down their gun running activities for the NYC Mafia. Capt. Brodsky letting not only Toshi in on what's going down and where to be when the big shipment of guns come in he unknowingly tips the mob off with his private secretary in the NYPD Marge,Suzanne Tino, being the mob boss' Mr. C, Tony Siverio, main squeeze.

The movie "New York Cop" also has one of the most obnoxious hit-men in gangster film history with Ferrara, Andreas Katsulas. Ferrara drives around in a taxi cab, actually picking up costumers between hit's, gunning down all of Capt. Brodosky's undercover men. Hawk's second in command Tito, Manny Perez, always felt that Toshi was working undercover for the cops. After a blotched meeting and gun exchange with a local Brooklyn street gang when not only did the local homeboys try to rip off "The Brotherhood" but the police just happened to show up unannounced convinced Tito that his suspicions about Toshi were right.

Hawk for some reason didn't go along with Tito wanting to whack Toshi since he earlier got mixed singles from Mr.C himself about the undercover cops. It seemed that his police secretary girlfriend Marge was out to lunch when Capt. Brodsky was on the phone with Toshi.The usual underling taking over from his brainless boss scene then follows with Tito blasting Hawk and again Toshi taking off and escaping, this time in handcuffs. Finally confronting Mr.C & Co, together with the off-the-wall hit-man Ferrara Toshi in a one man demolition squad and shoot-out puts an end to them as well as this whole unbelievable movie. "New York Cop" is nowhere as bad as you would have though it would be after watching it for the first ten minutes or so.

The movie really picks up later and becomes a pretty good cop/action/thriller when you start not to try to understand what exactly Toshi is saying. The mumbling line that Toshi delivers after he blasts Ferrara away would even make Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry blush.

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