* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Funekei Yoshida]] is a ruthless {{Yakuza}} boss who takes control of the Los Angeles drug trade by [[RuthlessForeignGangsters dismembering his opposition]] and proceeds to shake down the inhabitants of the Little Tokyo district. When he was still a lowly assassin in Japan, he [[YouKilledMyFather murdered the parents]] of the young [[TheHero Chris Kenner]] and [[WouldHurtAChild tried to kill the boy]] next. In the present he has a man crushed inside a car to take over his business, then, mid-coitus, [[OffWithHisHead decapitates a girl]] who tried to warn the previous victim about Yoshida. He [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty kidnaps and rapes Minako]], a singer who works in his new club, after forcing her to watch the tape he shot of himself beheading her friend Angel. He's merciless towards [[YouHaveFailedMe any failure]] from [[BadBoss his own men]], and arranges for the two heroes, Johnny Murata and Sgt. Chris Kenner, to be painfully [[ElectricTorture tortured to death through electrocution]]. When they inevitably escape and come back for him, he [[ManOnFire tries to burn Minako]] alive out of spite.
* HoYay: Between buddy cops Kenner and Murata. The most outrageous example is right before a fight scene:
--> '''Murata:''' Kenner, just in case we get killed, I wanted to tell you, you have the biggest dick I've ever seen on a man.\\
'''Kenner:''' [nods] Thanks, I don't know what to say.
* SpiritualLicensee: ''Showdown in Little Tokyo'' is as close one can get to a movie version of {{Creator/SNK}}'s Burning Fight. What with fighting a Yakuza gang, but taking place in [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Little Tokyo]], instead of Osaka, Japan in the arcade game.