Saturday, February 11, 2012

Film Review - Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)

Showdown in Little Tokyo stars Dolph Lundgren as Kenner, a cop in Los Angeles who was raised in Japan but saw his parents murdered at a young age, since then he has lived in the US, one day he is assigned a partner played by the late Brandon Lee as they investigate a new drug in the area.

Showdown in Little Tokyo was actually surprisingly good fun, a nice reminder of the B movie exploitation fare that we don't see a lot of these days, mainly due to most movies relying on huge budgets and time and money consuming computer graphics, Lundgren and Lee play off each other rather well and deliver some nice wisecracks that set them apart from the killing machine's they might have been in different hands, Lee also has some surprising charisma, it's a sad shame he died as young as he did as he might have made a likeable action star had he lived.

All in all, Showdown in Little Tokyo is fun B movie fare that does its primary job nicely, 3 out of 5.

1 comment:

Russell_Oz said...

Ah 'Showdown in Little Tokyo', you little B-grade gem. I haven't seen it in years but you're right, it definitely is an enjoyable action flick. Over the top action, likeable leads, and just a rollercoaster from start to finish. I do agree about Brandon Lee, I think he was on the path to be a pretty big action hero...

Great write up mate.