The Perfect Weapon

March 15th, 1991


The Perfect Weapon

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Still of Jeff Speakman in The Perfect Weapon

Jeff, a young delinquent, is enrolled by his father in a kenpo school, in the hopes of teaching the boy some self-discipline...

Release Year: 1991

Rating: 5.4/10 (1,484 voted)

Director: Mark DiSalle

Stars: Jeff Speakman, John Dye, Mako

Jeff, a young delinquent, is enrolled by his father in a kenpo school, in the hopes of teaching the boy some self-discipline. Years later, Jeff's mentor, Kim, is being threatened by one of the Korean mafia families. Jeff tries to help his old friend, but is too late to prevent Kim's death at the hands of an unknown hitman. Vowing revenge, Jeff takes on all of the families, using his martial arts skills to find the man who killed his friend.

Jeff Speakman - Jeff Sanders
John Dye - Det. Adam Sanders
Mako - Kim
James Hong - Yung
Mariska Hargitay - Jennifer
Dante Basco - Jimmy Ho
Beau Starr - Capt. Carl Sanders
Seth Sakai - Master Lo
Professor Toru Tanaka - Tanaka
Clyde Kusatsu - Detective Wong
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa - Kai
Tom Hermann - Jeff - Age 17
Micah Roberts - Jeff - Age 11
Ryan Bohannon - Adam - Age 6
Justin Webb - Adam - Age 12

Taglines: No gun. No knife. No equal.

Release Date: 15 March 1991

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Gross: $14,061,361 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime: Argentina:  | Germany:  | Spain:  | Spain: (edited version)  | USA:

Did You Know?

Four of the actors from this movie - 'Mako', Dante Basco, James Hong and Clyde Kusatsu - would work together again in The Storm, in which all four voiced characters.

Continuity: when Jeff's fighting in the warehouse, he beats up about six people. One of them has a red bandanna on, which gets knocked off. In the next frame, the bandanna is back on the guy's head.

Jimmy: Everybody knows Yung killed Kim, dick...
[Jeff cuts him off with a harsh glare]
Jimmy: [finishing] ... Tracy.

User Review

Probably the best Kenpo movie ever made.

Rating: 7/10

..But that's not to say the movie is all-around great. It's a very typical low-budget action flick. The story is pretty cookie-cutter as far as action movies go. It isn't Shakespeare believe me. And the acting is substandard at best. But Jeff Speakman to his enormous credit is a very accomplished martial artist. And having studied Kenpo for many years I can safely say that it's one of the most faithful films to capture the art. And what is even more impressive is the way the film portrays how Kenpo works when compared to different styles (like Tae Kwon Do).

So despite some minor inadequacies it's pretty awesome in many other respects. So for that I give it major credit. And to be honest it's a fun, feel good flick. I would recommend it to any martial arts fan. It's a good time.


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