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Hawkeye (1988)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | December 1988 (USA)
Hawkeye's partner is killed when a Las Vegas drug investigation goes bad. He is then teamed with Charles, a smooth talking officer who clashes with his Texas cowboy ways. Together they hit ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Chung ... Alexander 'Hawkeye' Hawkamoto
... Charles Wilson
... Mayor
Hidy Ochiai ... Sakura
Stan Wertlieb ... Tony Caprisio
Elizabeth Frieje ... Sharon Johnson
Michelle McCormick ... Barbie
Juan Chapa ... D.A.
Frank Parish ... O'Brien
Jerry Wilson ... Captain
Ronnie Lott ... Hold Up Man
Kathaleen Bradley Overton ... Cat Lady
Joe Lynum ... Kaza
John Armando ... Frankie
Steve Sweeters ... Nick


Hawkeye's partner is killed when a Las Vegas drug investigation goes bad. He is then teamed with Charles, a smooth talking officer who clashes with his Texas cowboy ways. Together they hit the dingier backstreets of the city to find the murderers, even if they have to bend the rules.

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December 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Karate Cops  »

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Charles Wilson: Maybe in Texas you can go to one place, but there's so many of these kinds of places all around... you know...
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Fun With Chung!
14 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Another little gem in the all too brief filmography of martial arts movie star/writer/producer/director George Chung (Fight To Win, Kindergarden Ninjas).

Structurally and technically a little crude (and not quite up to par with Chung's earlier masterpiece, FIGHT TO WIN), KARATE COPS (aka HAWKEYE) nonetheless remains a very enjoyable modern day martial arts film.

Decidedly tongue-in-cheek, this extremely low budgeter (the editing especially has a homemade look to it) contains superb martial arts, snappy one-liners, and a knockout performance by co-star Chuck Jeffreys (Bloodmoon, Deathfight, Fight To Win), who, like Chung, warrants much more merit than he has ever received.

Chung plays a cop from Texas who, against his will, is assigned a new partner, played by Jeffreys. Together the two crack down on a Japanese mobster and his henchmen. Years before RUSH HOUR, Chung and Jeffreys demonstrated a great rapport and talent for bicker and banter.

Filled with situational comedy, fantastic martial arts, and even some surprisingly well done dramatic acting (from BOTH leads), KARATE COPS also features a first rate villain, the legendary Leo Fong (Blind Rage, Blood Street, Fight To Win).

Memorable bits include Chung foiling a bank robbery by knocking out a female bystander and shooting around many hostages, Jeffreys taking a game of good cop/bad cop a little too seriously, Chung explaining that his martial arts instructor was just a fat guy at the Y, and a climactic game of high stakes roulette.

A must-see for fans of American martial arts movies.

Very fun!

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