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Showdown in Little Tokyo

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Showdown In Little Tokyo

Showdown in Little Tokyo is a 1991 martial arts action-comedy that, in pitting Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee as L.A. cops against Japanese drug dealers, plays like a B-movie Tango and Cash or Lethal Weapon 2 (both released just two years before). Between career highs in Rocky IV (1985) and Universal Soldier (1992), Lundgren looked as if he might make it big at the box office, and clearly wanting to be the new Schwarzenegger he is here directed by Mark L Lester, who had earlier helmed Ah-nold's Commando (1985). In the event both actor and director headed for straight-to-video territory, while Lee (Bruce's son) went on to The Crow. The 75-minute running time suggests the studio lost confidence and seriously cut the movie though, as the space between the action is filled with nothing but cringe-inducing dialogue, thriller clichés, and Lundgren "romancing" Tia Carrere, it still makes sense. Basing its title on John Carpenter's 1986 fantasy-comedy Big Trouble in Little China and anticipating Rush Hour (1998), Showdown in Little Tokyo alternates between crude tongue-in-cheek moments and action so ludicrous it's unintentionally hilarious . A camp disaster that simply defies belief, this is so-bad-it's-good entertainment. --Gary S. Dalkin

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  • Actors: Dolph Lundgren, Brandon Lee, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tia Carrere, Toshirô Obata
  • Directors: Mark L. Lester
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 1998
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305161992
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,637 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Showdown in Little Tokyo" on IMDb

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Chris Angelique on October 30, 2004
Format: DVD
There is a Reason Dolph Lundgren has been around and it's not because of his incredible acting skills. The reason is that he is one of the icons of cheesy action films. So when you get an action comedy such as this it makes for a fun little trip for an hour and a half.

The story here is that Dolph Lundgren is police officer on the trail of the iron claw, a group of yakuza run by a man who murdered his parents when he was a child. He teams up with a wise cracking Brandon Lee and together along with a sexy Tia Carrea they take down the Sinister Drug Lord.

What makes the movie funny is that Dolph Lundgrens character is an america who is totally into the Japanese way of the Samurai while Brandon Lee grew up an American Mall Rat and is a fish out of water at some of the places that they go to search for these criminals.

Overall this is a simple early 90's action film that appeals to those who like to spend an afternoon hooting and hollering at bad guys getting their @$$ handed to them as well as the usual gratiouse nudity and one liner moments. Leathel Weapon this is not but for a good low price, you can't go wrong.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M.C on April 27, 2003
Format: DVD
Tia Carrere NEKID, a pretty stoner decapitated by a samurai sword, nude women buried in sushi? Sure sounds like a porno film, don't it? Well, it's not. It's got nudity, kung fu, and Brandon Lee and that's more than what you'd ask out of this film. The Martial Arts scenes are excellent, ranging from a brawl in a bathhouse, to a duel in a street fair. There's also twice as much comedy here as you'd expect, most of it delivered by Brandon ("In between cooking cycles, your'e supposed to baste us."). Dolph Lundgren is also fun to watch, and he sometimes rather inadvertendly contributes to the comedy ("Take this, point it in the direction things are, pull the trigger and they'll fall down.") For nudity, kung fu, and a very good film with Brandon Lee, SHOWDOWN is exceptional. Oh, speaking of Brandon, here's another of his humorous lines ("Kenner, just in case we get killed, I wanted to tell you, you have the biggest
---- Iv'e ever seen.")
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Terminalsoup on January 17, 2006
Format: DVD
Ah, the adventures of the type-casted actor (Jason Statham, reading this?). In 1991 some mediocre filmmakers contacted Lungren for a movie and they told him that he would be playing Drago (from 'Rocky IV') once again. For legal purposes they told Lungren that the English diminutive for Drago is Kenner.

Kenner: he's a cop, he wears a black leather jacket, he's impervious to bullets, he lifts cars, he single-handedly mangles and destroys people and public property, he is emotionless and expressionless, and he works alone. Like a pirate...cop, the expressionless Kenner swings on a rope onto the ring of an illegal fight club, pummels both fighters, and puts everyone in mortal danger, or as he likes to say, "under arrest." Perhaps Kenner is angry because the Asian mob bosses never invite him to be a contestant in their fight club - and because of this, Kenner drives his muscle car around town looking to take out his mildly racist frustrations on members of the Asian community to the tune of "left over Miami Vice music" (Tom Servo). Later in the movie, Kenner throws some human bodies around like rag dolls and in the process he destroys a Chinese restaurant, where he then meets his assigned partner played by Brandon Lee. I felt bad for Brandon Lee just for having had to read the script for this movie, especially those revolving around Kenner's crotch (this in itself deserves some additional analysis, but I'll leave that to someone else). Brandon Lee and Kenner don't like each other at first but upon listening to Kenner's tragic story about the murder of his parents, Lee joins Kener in a mindless game of revenge because he really "likes him" and in the end they'll be able to "eat fish off of the naked chicks". Well guess what? I like Dolph too, er I mean Kenner.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 2000
Format: DVD
This film here was the first Brandon Lee American movie. He had done some limited TV spots and a film in Hong Kong prior to Showdown in Little Tokyo though. For a low-budget film, it's sure to keep both Lee and Lundgren fans enthralled. The fight scenes are well choreographed, and the banter between Lee and Lundgren adds some humor as well. Watching Lee's budding talent, it makes you wonder what would have been had he not died on the set of The Crow. Don't expect the quality of The Crow here, but Showdown in Little Tokyo is definitely worth picking up. It would have been nice if the DVD was offered in widescreen, and if some extras had been thrown in, but the film alone is worth the price of admission.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Varnau on July 11, 2003
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This is the best bad movie I think I can remember seeing. It's so silly, so predictable, and yet it's somehow holds interest. Maybe that's because we want to see if it gets any worse. Lundgren stars as the cop equivalent of Superman. He can jump over cars, defeat sumo wrestlers in hand-to-hand comment, woo Tia Carerre, lift a car on its side and then blow it up with one shot, and he can also build a house by himself. He is partnered with Brandon Lee, who is actually quite funny and entertaining, despite somewhat limited screen time. The two join together and bring down the Yakuza in a part of LA called Little Tokyo. This movie is filled with cheesy moments so bad you'll die laughing. I enjoyed this film's badness because it seemed so serious in what it was trying to produce. My favorite part was when Lundgren jumps over the convertible. He must be about eight feet in the air! Michael Jordon couldn't do such a stunt without scraping his feet on the car. "Showdown in Little Tokyo" needs to be seen to be believed. Is it tons of fun? You bet. Is is also very ridiculous? Of course.
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