Showdown in Little Tokyo

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"One's a warrior. One's a wise guy. They're two L.A. cops going after a gang of drug lords. Feet first."
  • R
  • 1991
  • 1 hr 19 min
  • 6.1  (20,495)

In Showdown in Little Tokyo, Dolph Lundgren plays LAPD detective Chris Kenner, who is assigned to work with the straight-laced detective Johnny Murata (played by Brandon Lee) to take down a Japanese crime lord named Yoshida (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa). The story takes place in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, where Kenner grew up with Murata's Japanese family after being adopted by them as a child. Kenner speaks fluent Japanese and practices martial arts, which makes him a valuable asset to the LAPD's Asian Crime Unit.

As the two detectives investigate Yoshida's criminal activities, they uncover a drug trafficking ring that is being run out of a fish market. They also discover that Yoshida has a personal connection to Kenner, as the crime lord was responsible for the death of Kenner's parents.

The movie follows Kenner and Murata as they use their skills and knowledge of Japanese culture to take down Yoshida and his henchmen. Along the way, they face various challenges, including a brutal fight scene in a sauna and a high-speed chase through the streets of Los Angeles.

One of the key themes of the movie is the clash between East and West, as the two detectives navigate their different backgrounds and cultural identities. This is further explored through the characters of the Japanese-American Murata, who struggles with being caught between two cultures, and the American-born Kenner, who feels a strong connection to Japan despite his upbringing in the US.

Despite some criticisms of its portrayal of Japanese culture, Showdown in Little Tokyo remains a cult classic for its over-the-top action scenes and the chemistry between Lundgren and Lee. The movie also features an iconic performance by Tagawa as the menacing crime lord Yoshida.

Overall, Showdown in Little Tokyo is a fun and entertaining action movie that combines martial arts, guns, and explosions with a dose of drama and cultural commentary. It's definitely worth a watch for fans of '90s action movies or Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee aficionados.

Showdown in Little Tokyo is a 1991 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 19 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1.

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    6.1  (20,495)