Showdown in Little Tokyo
One's a warrior. One's a wise guy. They're two L.A. cops going after a gang of drug lords. Feet first.
For 400 years, Japan has been home to a secret criminal organization dedicated to its own supremacy in the underworld. Ruled by an ancient, arcane code of honor, the deadly Yakuza have been among the most feared members of society. Even today, they are immediately recognizable by the stunningly ornate tattoos that cover their bodies, telling the terrifying story of their stature and career in a...
First time watching this, right in the middle of my action film binge, and I wasn't disappointed. I'm surprised at myself for not getting around to it sooner, to be honest. Earlier in the year I went on another action-film-only stint, around the time Expendables 2 came out, and I tried to seek out a few Dolph Lundgren films then but couldn't find this on TV/online anywhere cheap enough. But I'm glad I did get around to it.
As well as Dolph, it also stars Brandon Lee as cops/partners, facing off against the Yakuza in New York. It's pretty bad, but one of those that's just gone beyond being "bad" into "pretty excellent" territory. Not "bad" through any fault of…
One of my biggest guilty pleasures.
"You have the right to be dead".... Badass! Fun action/comedy film.
Dolph Lundgren plays Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee feels transplanted from a much goofier movie in this mismatched buddy cop brawler. Have you seen most of this before? Of course you have. However, each fight seems to have a unique twist that keeps them interesting, and the final death in the film is pretty much among the most ridiculous, yet amazing deaths in movie history. It's a shame that studio editing chopped this movie so short that it feels like they are just wandering from fight to fight without much motivation for being anywhere at any given time. Oh yeah, and Tia Carrere is in it, being her usual awful self.
"We're gonna nail this guy, and when we get down, we're going to go eat fish off those naked chicks."
Neither Dolph or Brandon give great performances in this, but I found them both likeable enough that the film works. It really sucks that Brandon's career was cut short, as here he reminds of a more charismatic Keanu Reeves. Imagine if he was cast as Neo in The Matrix. That movie would be astronomically more awesome.
Anyway, Showdown in Little Tokyo is about as average an action movie as you will find anywhere. I still had an enjoyable enough time with it, simply because I like both Dolph and Brandon.
I was originally going to give this film 3.5 or a 4, but after a certain "one-liner" I have to put it down to a 3.
Dolph Lundgren is frequently startled by the lady he rescued from the gang. When he is started, he usually says: "I Didn't hear you coming".
Later on in the film, he has sex with her.
At the end of sex, she says "This time I heard you cumming".
I was felt sickened by this remark...
Nothing was going to save this film for me, not even the leader of the gang getting stabbed onto a pinwheel with a samari sword then setting himself on fire would do anything for me.
A Mark L. Lester de debemos esa obra maestra del cachondeo que es 'Commando'. Pero también le tenemos que rendir pleitesía gracias a otros trabajos suyos casi tan buenos como el protagonizado por Schwarzenegger. Pisándole los talones en lo que a cafrerío se refiere está 'Little Tokyo: Ataque Frontal', que la Warner maltrató en el momento de su estreno limitándola a un estreno reducido en los Estados Unidos y a un lanzamiento en vídeo en prácticamente el resto de mercados (de hecho, posee el dudoso honor de ser la primera cinta de Lundgren que se estrenó directamente en VHS en nuestro país).
La falta de confianza que depositaron en la película, pese a llevar en su reparto a un peso…
"Kenner. Just in case we get killed, I wanted to tell you...you have the biggest dick I've ever seen on a man." - Johnny Murata
Showdown in Little Tokyo is an insane, buddy cop, Yakuza, revenge flick starring the late Brandon Lee and Dolph Lundgren. The film is nothing but pure testosterone. It goes so far over the top, that it becomes hilariously campy and homoerotic.
Showdown in Little Tokyo is a buddy cop movie starring Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee where they battle against villainous Yakuza in Los Angeles.
That could probably be my review right there, because this movie was everything I expected from that premise. It's a perfectly enjoyable and straightforward B action film with plenty of ludicrous violence. I actually enjoy that they simply toss away any semblance of reality or police procedure and proceed with maximum blowing-you-up.
The two leads are not exactly the best actors in the world, though I would say Lee is better than Lundgren. Thus, it's a pity that they saddle Lundgren with the bulk of the emotional weight, but it's such a minor part of the…
Awesome early 90s actioner. Only 75min w/ plenty of ass-kicking.
"Kenner, just in case we get killed, I wanted to tell you, you have the biggest dick I've ever seen on a man." -Brandon Lee
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This movie was unfortunately hacked up by the studio and it is clear that is what happened, but it's still a really goofy yet fun action movie with plenty of humor (and nudity, too) and an all-time WTF line that you would not suspect one man to say to another.
Man I fucking love this film, I think it's next to The Last Boy Scout and Terminator 2 in my favorite action flicks of all time. And, I mean, it's not without it's faults. These are two cops that blatantly kill the bad guys 80's Action movie style and no one is buying that Bushido get up that Dolph dons for the finale but hell I just don't care. I'm sure it's very offensive to Japanese and Chinese, sure but there's something so cool about Brandon Lee and Lundgren, one partner fully entrenched in the culture of another and the other doing lame wise guy quips. And the stunts!! Gah. Great flick.
Such a gloriously 80's movie.
Dolph's fight with the sumo guy and premature ejaculation with Tia Carrere are particularly amazing.
I adore this movie. Of course this isn’t a great movie. Yet with what Lester set out to accomplish w/Lundgren & Co, it works on that simple, silly buddy cop actioner level w/equal amounts of squibs and sex appeal not to mention those bad one-liners. It may be the perfect template for all early to mid 90s DTV action flicks that ran rampant across the cable channels over that period.
Having not seen this in maybe 15+ years I was amused that my library had this on VHS. Talk about nostalgic. Also forgot how corny Brandon Lee’s lines are in this as if he was practicing for a less menacing Crow still to come. Funny that he's the annoying one here.…