Story is all by-the-numbers revenge stuff, although screenplay skips a lot of numbers, the better to focus on nonstop and generally unimaginative action sequences. The Japanese mafia (yakuza) provide the cardboard cutout villains for the good guys to knock over. Dolph Lundgren, whose parents top mobster Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa sliced and diced during his boyhood, plays a raised-in-Japan supercop. Brandon Lee (son of Bruce Lee) is his preppy, comic relief Eurasian partner.

Story is all by-the-numbers revenge stuff, although screenplay skips a lot of numbers, the better to focus on nonstop and generally unimaginative action sequences. The Japanese mafia (yakuza) provide the cardboard cutout villains for the good guys to knock over. Dolph Lundgren, whose parents top mobster Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa sliced and diced during his boyhood, plays a raised-in-Japan supercop. Brandon Lee (son of Bruce Lee) is his preppy, comic relief Eurasian partner.

Lundgren can hold his own with other action leads as an actor and could easily be Van Damme-marketable if only he’d devote as much attention to quality control as he does to pectoral development. Editing also proves choppy, with some seemingly out-of-sequence cuts. Lee, making his US feature debut, has a gee-whiz delivery that seems plucked from another film.

Showdown in Little Tokyo

Production

Warner. Director Mark L. Lester; Producer Mark L. Lester, Martin E. Caan; Screenplay Stephen Glantz, Caliope Brattlestreet; Camera Mark Irwin; Editor Steven Kemper, Robert A. Ferretti; Music David Michael Frank; Art Director Craig Stearns

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1991. Running time: 76 MIN.

With

Dolph Lundgren Brandon Lee Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Tia Carrere Toshiro Obata
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