FIST-FOOT Marathon Nominations

Award Name: The Iron Fist Award


Movies in the running:

Showdown in Little Tokyo

Kiss of the Dragon

Rumble in the Bronx



Best Director


Mark L. Lester, Chris Nahon, Stanley Tong, Sheldon Lettich



Strongest Leading Character


Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Jean Claude-Van Damme



Toughest Supporting Character


Brandon Lee (Detective Johnny Murata), Bridget Fonda (Jessica Kamen, prostitute), Francoise Yip (Nancy, Biker chick), Harrison Page (Joshua, fast-talking bookie)


Hardest-Working Villain


Deborah Renard (Un-trustworthy bidder), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Leader of Iron Claw, enemy of 2 generations of Kenner family), Tcheky Karyo (Corrupt French inspector), Kris Lord (White Tiger)


Highest Flying Action Sequences


Jet-Li, Jackie Chan, Jean Claude Van-Damme, Dolph Lundgren






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