Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)

R   |    |  Action, Comedy, Crime

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Two L.A. cops with opposing views on what is the best way to uphold the law have to work together to bring down the Yakuza, while trying to protect a beautiful woman.




  • R. David Smith in Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)
  • Tia Carrere in Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)
  • Dolph Lundgren and Roger Yuan in Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)
  • Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa in Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)
  • Dolph Lundgren in Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)
  • Dolph Lundgren in Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)

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30 December 2006 | princessjasmin89
| Reminiscent of an 80's porn film.
I give this movie a 5 for entertainment value.. This is the worst acting i have ever seen in a movie.. It contained humorous script and bad directing..

The main female character Minako is raped/"irredeemably betrayed" by her 'owner' and feels it necessary to commit suicide.. yet in the following scenes she strips down nude and jumps in a hot tub with a guy she has only just met.. yes, he WAS her knight in shining armour, but come on! THEN she pursues a sexual relationship with him, and the camera displays her as the 'dominate' one. The 'betrayal' doesn't appear to be affecting her in the slightest.

I feel sorry for the Johnny character, he appears to be second best or third wheel throughout the movie. The main villain has a scar in his left cheek.. of which looks better every time it is seen throughout the film. Continuity seems to be an issue.

As much as this film has bad taste bad acting and bad script, it was quite entertaining for myself, as a viewer, due to the above facts. The unintentional humour is what made me watch through to the end, and possibly even again on a day i need some cheering up.

All in all it was not bad for the era it was filmed in. Cheers.

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Did You Know?


At the crime scene, when Kenner is shown the decapitated girl's dead body, the church in the background is the same building seen in "Prince of Darkness (1987)." It's a historical landmark, the first Christian church in Little Tokyo, that was repaired and became the Union Center for the Arts after the 1994 earthquake.


Johnny Murata: Kenner, just in case we get killed, I wanted to tell you, you have the biggest dick I've ever seen on a man.
Chris Kenner: Thanks. I don't know what to say.
Johnny Murata: How about "Don't get killed"?
Chris Kenner: Don't get killed.
Johnny Murata: You too.


In the last gun fight Kenner and Murata use an M-16, both of them. It's a gun with 30 bullets per magazine, but they fire at least one hundred bullets with no reloading.

Alternate Versions

The Finnish cuts include:

  • The punishment of the failed bodyguard is shortened; the finger removing is intact, but the stabbing, and the yakuza-boss' yelling (Bring me the head of the blond cop!) is completely deleted.
  • The scene in the steam bath has lost some footage; several shots of Kenner (Dolph Lungren) stabbing the fat guy and pushing a hose to his mouth in the pool have been deleted, and the shootings of the nude yakuza-men in slow-motion are no more.
  • The scene where Kenner comes to rescue the suicidal woman (Tia Carrere) has lost some neck-snappings, and shootings. The final scenes have lost a lot of material, like Johnny (Brandon Lee) blowing up the guy in the gas barrel, and Kenner shooting thugs with a big machine gun.
  • The ultimate showdown between Kenner and the Yakuza boss has been heavily trimmed; all the bloody slashings to Kenner are no more, and a sword has been pushed through the boss's stomach... or rather isn't. NOTE: The Finnish dvd-version (anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1) is the full uncut version, and so is the Finnish video version re-release too (both rated K18).


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Written by
John Bettis and Michael Clark
[The Pointer Sisters song sang by Tia Carrere's character at the nightclub]


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Action | Comedy | Crime | Thriller


Release Date:

23 August 1991


English, Japanese

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Long Beach, California, USA

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$455,192 25 August 1991

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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