Showdown in Little Tokyo
is a 1991 action film. It features Brandon Lee in his first American film role, starring alongside Dolph Lundgren
. 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.
This film provides examples of:
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Murata makes his first appearance in one and fights in it a few times as well.
- Big Bad: Yoshida, the leader of the Iron Claw yakuza clan and the murderer of Kenner's parents.
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: According to Murata, Kenner has "the biggest dick I've ever seen," said with a complimentary tone.
- Body Sushi: We see the yakuza enjoying this "meal" at one point.
- Buddy Cop Show
- Like an Old Married Couple: Kenner and Murata are like this after mere hours of meeting each other.
- Miranda Rights: Brandon Lee's character uses the Miranda rights as Trash Talk during a fight, capping it with the Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "you have the right to be dead".
- Neck Snap: A yakuza thug captured by Kenner and Murata snaps his own neck to avoid being interrogated.
- Odd Couple: 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.
- Off With Her Head: Yoshida does this to Angel in a ruthless Kick the Dog moment for warning Tanaka, his previous victim, about him behind his back.
- Reusable Lighter Toss: Murata throws his into a vat to kill an assailant, which also causes explosions all over the factory.
- Shoot The Fuel Tank: After Kenner flips a car on its side with his bare hands, he shoots the fuel tank as he escapes to make it explode.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
- You Have Failed Me: Done by Yoshida more than once, the earliest by trapping someone in a car beneath a running compactor.
- Yubitsume: One of Yoshida's subordinates does this because he fails to prevent the heroes from rescuing the girl his boss had kidnapped and planned to molest. Too pissed off, his master just drives his katana through the lackey's chest afterwards.