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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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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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.Read more ›
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Another great mismatched cop partner movie. Brandon is the wise guy. Dolph is serious one that puts up with his antics. Together they work on accomplishing Dolph's mission.Published 10 months ago by David Faustino
I've always liked this movie and wish we could have seen more of Brandon LeePublished 15 months ago by Dale Maple
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