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Showdown in Little Tokyo


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)

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


(also as Toshishiro Obata)

Philip Tan


Rodney Kageyama


Ernie Lively

Detective Nelson

Renee Allman

Angel Mueller

(as Renee Griffin)

Reid Asato


Takayo Fischer

Mama Yamaguchi

Simon Rhee


Vernee Watson-Johnson

Nonnie Russell – Coroner

Lenny Imamura

Kickboxer #1

Roger Yuan

Kickboxer #2

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


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

Gross: $2,275,557

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.


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:
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
drug dealing and generally looking mean. Kenner, adept in the Samurai
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,
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