FIST-FOOT MARATHON: Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)

Showdown in Little Tokyo

August 23, 1991


Who you’ll recognize:

Brandon Lee (Son of Bruce Lee), Dolph Lundgren (Ivan Drago in Rocky IV and most recentlyThe Expendables), and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat).
Why should you care?

As campy and outrageous as this film is, it was an entertaining start to my marathon. The two leads and supporting cast understand what kind of film their in, and proceed to take things to the ultimate B-movie best. The most surprising aspect of the film, or at least the most interesting; was the uneven, humorous screenplay. I won’t say that I laughed a lot, but I did recognize the comedic value of the script. Even with the actors on screen doing a serviceable job, the film can’t help but feel rushed, choppy, and discombobulated. These aren’t reasons to watch the film if your a stickler, but if you truly appreciate the idea of mindless buddy-cop action flicks, you’ll enjoy yourself here too. Last but not least, fans of quoting really cheesy action films will eat this one up. At one point in the film, Brandon Lee compliments the size of Dolph Lundgren’s “member”, right in the midst of a shootout. Yes, the writers too, knew what type of film this was; and I believe the decision to make the film nearly as funny as it was violent was a good one.

What two films it’s a cross off:

Lethal Weapon meets Rush Hour


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