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'''''Showdown in Little Tokyo''''' is a 1991 action film. It features Brandon Lee in his first American film role, starring alongside Creator/DolphLundgren. In this film set in Los Angeles, two police officers (Johnny Murata and Sgt. Chris Kenner, respectively) attempt to take down a {{Yakuza}} drug operation. The tone of the movie follows the traditional buddy cop formula.
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!! This film provides examples of:

* BadassInANiceSuit: Murata makes his first appearance in one and fights in it a few times as well.
* BigBad: Yoshida, the leader of the Iron Claw yakuza clan and the murderer of Kenner's parents.
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: According to Murata, Kenner has "the biggest dick I've ever seen," said with a complimentary tone.
* BodySushi: We see the yakuza enjoying this "meal" at one point. Murata promises Kenner that they'll do the same after they get revenge for his parents.
* BuddyCopShow
* ConveyorBeltOfDoom: Kenner and Murata are trapped in Kenner's car when the bad guys place it in a car crusher. Deciding that this isn't enough, they only crush it halfway and place them on a conveyor belt to be ground up into bits.
* CowboyCop: After Kenner reveals to Murata that Yoshida was his parents' killer and it becomes a personal vendetta, Murata agrees to screw protocol and go after the Yakuza guns blazing. From there on they slaughter the bad guys en masse rather than arrest them and end up burning the bad guy alive ''in public''. Lampshaded by Murata when he feels uneasy explaining what they did to the cops and he and Kenner run away and at the end wonders how they're going to explain everything in their report.
* DamselInDistress: After Yoshida recaptures Minako he takes her with him as a hostage. He eventually ties her up covered in gasoline and tries to burn her alive in front of Kenner.
* DefiledForever: The BigBad is strongly implied to have raped the lead singer of his new club. In the next scene the singer is about to commit {{Seppuku}} after Kenner notes that it's usually only done by women in cases of extreme dishonor.
* TheDragon: Sato, Yoshida's second-in-command, the bald mustached Yakuza. Fittingly, he's defeated in a fight with Murata, TheLancer.
* ElectricTorture: After capturing the heroes, Yoshida orders Kenner and Murata to be tortured to death by electrocution. They try to piss him off by initially laughing it off until they increase the voltage to truly unbearable levels.
* GagPenis: They actually halt an action scene just so Murata can tell Kenner "Just in case we get killed, I wanted to tell you, you have the biggest dick I've ever seen on a man." He also jokingly notes that its size scared him.
* GiveMeAReason: When Murata and Kenner go to arrest Yoshida at a Japanese bath house, Kenner lists his various crimes and tells him to come with them to the station or give him a reason to blow his head off.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Kenner is a muscular sexual dynamo whose penis size is literally complimented by his detective partner. Yoshida is a misogynistic rapist who is implied to not be able to get it up unless he physically beats women.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Yoshida makes some unwanted advances to Minako, the lead singer at his recently 'acquired' club. He kidnaps her and drags her into his bedroom by her hair before he shows her how he killed her friend Angel and warns that the same will happen to her if she disobeys him.
* ImprovisedWeapon: During Murata's fight with TheDragon, they both break off metal bars in the refinery they're fighting in to use as weapons.
* InterruptedSuicide: When Kenner and Murata notice that the kidnapped Minako is about to commit suicide in the bad guy's mansion, Kenner bursts into the place shooting up mooks and stops her in time.
* KickTheDog: Yoshida's early murder of Angel after she tries to bribe her way out of being killed for warning one of his victims by screwing him in front of his own men. The coroner later notes that they already got her so high on methamphetamines that she would have been dead in 20 minutes anyway, [[OffWithHisHead decapitating her mid-coitus]] was redundant and done purely out of cruelty (and possible as a warning).
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Kenner and Murata are like this after mere hours of meeting each other.
* MexicanStandoff: The heroes and the Yakuza end up in a standoff when they're taken to see the boss. The culture-savvy cop notes that they should make an effort to respect them if they are to be let off with a warning, but when he realizes that it's the same man who [[YouKilledMyFather murdered his parents in Japan years before]] he immediately points his gun at the boss's head. The situation eventually defuses when he points out that too many people saw them come in, so they can't just make the two L.A. cops simply disappear.
* MirandaRights: Brandon Lee's character uses the ''Miranda'' rights as TrashTalk during a fight, capping it with the PreMortemOneLiner: "you have the right to be dead".
* MightyWhitey: A blond, tall, muscular American cop raised in Japanese culture slaughters an army of Yakuza and is physically and martially superior to anyone, including his comic relief half-Asian partner. His sexual prowess is commented on while the Yakuza boss is implied to be impotent unless he beats women and he romances an Asian woman whom the boss had kidnapped and previously raped.
* NeckSnap:
** A yakuza thug captured by Kenner and Murata snaps his ''own'' neck to avoid being interrogated.
** Kenner also breaks a mook's neck during Minako's rescue at the boss's mansion.
* OddCouple: Kenner is an American raised in Japan who has embraced Japanese culture and customs. Murata is of partial Japanese descent but identifies more closely with American culture.
* [[OffWithHisHead Off With Her Head]]: Yoshida does this to Angel in a ruthless KickTheDog moment for warning Tanaka, his previous victim, about him behind his back.
* RapeDiscretionShot: After Yoshida displays a sexual interest in Minako, he's seen dragging her into his bedroom and strips down. He shows her a tape depicting how he decapitated her friend Angel previously and warns her that the same will happen to her if she disobeys him. The actual rape isn't depicted, but it's strongly hinted that Minako is DrivenToSuicide afterwards.
* RescueRomance: After Kenner saves Minako from captivity and sexual abuse by the villain, she becomes attracted to him and cuddles up to him in his home for safety before they have sex.
* ReusableLighterToss: Murata throws his into a vat to kill an assailant, which also [[StuffBlowingUp causes explosions all over the factory]].
* RuthlessForeignGangsters: The Yakuza are portrayed as this in a meeting they have in their drug refinery with several established American gangs, including Mexicans, African Americans and bikers. Yoshida cuts off one of the bikers' hands with his katana over a racial insult and cajoles the rest of the gangs to accept his leadership.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Poor Minako's personality isn't vey developed, and it's mostly geared around the RescueRomance with Kenner and [[BreakTheCutie the horrible treatment]] she got from Yoshida.
* {{Seppuku}}: Minako attempts to commit this after the BigBad is strongly implied to have raped her.
* SleevesAreForWimps: Kenner takes off his jacket several times to walk around in a tank top and show off his arms.
* ShootTheFuelTank: After Kenner ''flips a car on its side'' with his bare hands, he shoots the fuel tank as he escapes to make it explode.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Kenner spends the gunfight at his home, the electric torture scene and the final sword fight with Yoshida continuously shirtless. Many of the Yakuza are also shirtless a lot of the time to show off their gang tattoos.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Done by Yoshida more than once, the earliest by trapping someone in a car beneath a running compactor.
* YouKilledMyFather: Before Yoshida became a Yakuza boss he was working as a lowly assassin for the gang when Kenner was growing up in Japan and murdered Kenner's parents in front of him before trying to kill the young boy. This makes the case exceptionally personal for Kenner and he almost blows the bad guy's head off in front of his whole gang when he recognizes him when they meet again. His partner Murata agrees to help him complete his vendetta after Kenner explains it to him.
* {{Yubitsume}}: One of Yoshida's subordinates does this because he fails to prevent the heroes from rescuing [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty the girl his boss had kidnapped and molested]]. Too pissed off, his master [[YouHaveFailedMe just drives his katana through the lackey's chest afterwards]].

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