Showdown in Little Tokyo

August 23rd, 1991


Showdown in Little Tokyo

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Detective Chris Kenner was orphaned as a child as his father was in the service and was killed and lived in Japan...

Release Year: 1991

Rating: 5.6/10 (6,729 voted)

Director: Mark L. Lester

Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Brandon Lee, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Detective Chris Kenner was orphaned as a child as his father was in the service and was killed and lived in Japan. Now he is on the trail of ruthless Yakuza leader named Yoshido, who helped establish a small Japanese area in Los Angeles and is now running a drug ring disguised as a brewery. However, Kenner must team up with a Japanese-American detective named Johnny Murata, and he also must protect a witness named Minako who would testify against Yoshido. But what Kenner will soon discover that he will be in a lot more than what he bargained for.

Writers: Stephen Glantz, Caliope Brattlestreet

Dolph Lundgren - Sgt. Chris Kenner
Brandon Lee - Johnny Murata
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa - Funekei Yoshida
Tia Carrere - Minako Okeya
Toshirô Obata - Sato (also as Toshishiro Obata)
Philip Tan - Tanaka
Rodney Kageyama - Eddie
Ernie Lively - Detective Nelson
Renee Allman - Angel Mueller (as Renee Griffin)
Reid Asato - Muto
Takayo Fischer - Mama Yamaguchi
Simon Rhee - Ito
Vernee Watson-Johnson - Nonnie Russell - Coroner
Lenny Imamura - Kickboxer #1
Roger Yuan - Kickboxer #2

Taglines: One's a warrior. One's a wise guy. They're two L.A. cops going after a gang of drug lords. Feet first.


Official Website: Warner Bros [United States] |

Release Date: 23 August 1991

Filming Locations: 378 E 1st St, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $649,809 (USA) (25 August 1991) (140 Screens)

Gross: $2,275,557 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

All of the swords used in the film were replicas, with the exception of the one used by Dolph Lundgren's character when he slices through bundles of bamboo: this was an authentic samurai sword.

Continuity: When Kenner gets shot in the final scene at the parade, he says to Murata that the bullet went straight through, however when he is fighting there is clearly no exit wound on his back

Johnny Murata: Kenner, just incase we get killed, I wanted to tell you, you have the biggest dick I've ever seen on a man.
Chris Kenner: [nods] 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.

User Review

Cult classic starring Dolph and Brandon


Macho B-movie madness at its sublime best, this crazy action quickie is about as braindead as you can get: wooden acting, a terrible story and a script that truly sucks. But with all the mindless violence on offer who really cares. Gun battles, martial arts, Samurai sword slashing and gory deaths are the order of the day, not to mention plenty of beautiful ladies treated like playthings and shedding clothes at every opportunity. Despite the tits and guns, there is some kind of story: Kenner (Lundgren) is on a mission of vengeance. His parents were killed when he was ickle by crazy Yakuza thug Yoshida (Tagawa), an ice-cool super-villain now specialising in drug dealing and generally looking mean. Kenner, adept in the Samurai ways, grows to be a law-abiding copper who's now right on his tail. Male bonding ensues when policeman Johnny Murata (Lee, in his US debut), a hip-talking dude with street credentials, is assigned as Kenner's partner in crime, and all hell simply breaks loose. You could say that there's an artistic angle to all this fighting, shooting and banging, but then that would be a lie - Showdown in Little Tokyo is a classic in a completely different sense of the word.


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