R | | Action, Comedy, Crime
Two cops have to work together to bring down the Yakuza, while trying to protect a beautiful woman.
Director Mark L. Lester came up with the original story for the film, and his agent Martin E. Caan who wanted to produce the film also worked on the story. Two of them then hired some of their screenwriter friends to write a script for the film. Stephen Glantz and Caliope Brattlestreet, who are credited in the final film for writing the script, were first writers who were hired and they wrote first draft of the script titled Sgt. K. Couple other writers, Gary DeVore and Dennis Hackin, each wrote their own drafts of the script.
Screenwriter Steve Sharon also wrote a draft of the script which was re-titled into Yakuza and although it got some praise, filmmakers thought it was too serious version of the script, and they wanted for movie to be less serious and more of a tongue in cheek film similar to Lester's Commando (1985). Another screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin wrote the final shooting script which was again re-titled into Showdown In Little Tokyo.
Hey, she was frightened.
Johnny Murata: Yeah, I saw you strip down for that hot tub. I'd be frightened, too...
When Murata moves to grab Kenner's knife during their fight, there is a bald Japanese guy in a car holding a submachine gun. In the next shot he is inside the restaurant, running out.
US version rated 'R' (released in vhs, laserdisc, and dvd in the US) is cut (totalling 13 seconds) as follows:
$649,809 (USA) (25 August 1991)