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The Karate Dog (2005)

When LAPD computer expert Peter Fowler investigates the killing of an old man in Chinatown, he finds the only witness is his dog, Cho Cho. But Fowler soon discovers Cho Cho is the only dog ... See full summary »


Bob Clark


Gregory Poppen (screenplay), Steven Paul (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Voight ... Hamilton Cage
Simon Rex ... Peter Fowler
Jaime Pressly ... Ashley Wilkenson
Pat Morita ... Chin Li
Thomas Kretschmann ... Gerber
Ron Lester ... Edward Cage
Bonnie Paul ... Margaret Cage
Nicollette Sheridan ... White Cat (voice) (as Nicolette Sheridan)
Lori Petty ... COLAR (voice)
Garry Chalk ... Brunelli
Diego Wallraff ... Gonzales
Bill Croft ... Locke
Ed Anders ... Wolfgang
Candus Churchill ... 911 Operator (as Candace Churchill)
Dagmar Midcap Dagmar Midcap ... TV Reporter


When LAPD computer expert Peter Fowler investigates the killing of an old man in Chinatown, he finds the only witness is his dog, Cho Cho. But Fowler soon discovers Cho Cho is the only dog in the world who can speak to humans... not only that, Cho Cho is an expert in martial arts. When they join forces to track down the mastermind behind the death of Cho Cho's master, it leads these unusual partners into uncovering a dangerous conspiracy which puts both of their lives in danger. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for martial arts action/violence and some suggestive content | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

26 July 2006 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

Cho Cho See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


The final film directed by Bob Clark. See more »


Spoofs White Heat (1949) See more »


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A black belt for this fine flick; dog and romance lovers will adore it!
24 March 2017 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Cho Cho (voice of Chevy Chase) is an extraordinary dog who has been especially trained by his master, Chin Li (Pat Morita). Li is a powerful karate expert and his dog has learned the moves. Not only this, the pooch can talk English! One sad day, bad guys come looking for Li, as he has discovered a rejuvenation formula. Cho Cho's beloved owner is killed but not before a huge fight. In the fray, Cho Cho is also targeted for extermination but he escapes. As police and detectives arrive to investigate what happened, our canine jumps in the back of the hot sports car driven by a handsome detective, Peter (Simon Rex). Once they arrive back at Pete's place, the dog finally starts talking. Peter is freaked! Yet, as he pays attention, this law officer knows what a tremendous help Cho Cho will be in finding the men who murdered Li. He also grows very fond of the lovable dog. Aiding their investigation is a beautiful police officer, Ashley (Jaime Pressly), who Peter admires openly. As all trails lead to a crooked dog racing businessman, Hamilton (Jon Voight), who is only interested in winning races, can the officers bring down Hammie? Can Cho Cho help Peter romance Ashley? This darling movie has a real dog but also uses computer animation to give the canine martial arts skills. What a concept! Rex and Pressly are a dynamite couple, in looks and charm, while Chase makes Cho Cho a dog after everyone's heart. Morita, Voight, and all of the cast fine work, too. Sets, costumes, effects, a funny script and a surefooted direction all combine to produce such an entertaining family film! Doggone it, find it soon.

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