Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991) (part 1 of 3)

SUMMARY: Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee star as two mismatched L.A. cops who must go up against the Yakuza. Basically, the best film that Cannon Pictures never made.

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Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)

Now here’s a real gem of a B-movie. A cheesy, trashy buddy cop film with absolutely no filler whatsoever, to say nothing of any redeeming social value. Dolph Lundgren and the late Brandon Lee play a couple of L.A. cops who are after the Yakuza, led here by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. Yep, that’s about it. There’s very little in the way of exposition or characterization; Hell, there isn’t even an obligatory pissed off police chief!

It’s a sleek 78 minutes of action (you read that right), blood, and gratuitous nudity, and no one in their right mind could call it good. In fact, it’s pretty damn bad on all conceivable levels, but it’s just entertaining as all hell. I give it 8 out of 10 Swedish Samurais. Let’s check it out.

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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

Multi-Part Article: Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)

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