I wasn’t sure of what I was going to watch, because I rarely have things planned out, and I noticed posts about how it was Brandon Lee’s birthday. It also worked out that I saw that Showdown in Little Tokyo was on HBO Max right now. I decided that it would work out pretty well, especially since I can’t find Rapid Fire anywhere to stream. I would always see the cover for this movie when I would browse the video store growing up, but I don’t remember ever renting it. That being said I’m pretty sure that I had seen it before because of being not only a fan of action movies but also the stars of the movie as well.
Showdown in Little Tokyo stars Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee. This movie was sold on the two of them and they’re really good as the leads. The chemistry they have is one of the things that make this feel similar to Tango & Cash, another movie sold on leads that have fantastic charisma. That being said the villain in the movie as well as his right-hand man were great foils. They were played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Toshirô Obata, who I knew for different but still villainous roles. Tia Carrere was the love interest, who I was surprised to see in the movie as well. I also recognized several actors that were known for play henchmen throughout the movie.
One of the biggest surprises for me was that it was directed by Mark L. Lester. I knew that he directed a wide variety of movies, but I just didn’t expect to see his name when I started this movie. It was written by Stephen Glantz and Caliope Brattlestreet. Some of the dialogue is pretty clunky but that’s to be expected from action movies of the time. Lundgren’s character is written in a way that he would be made fun of now. That movie is a lot of fun, but it hasn’t aged all that well.
The fight scenes are great in Showdown in Little Tokyo. It’s interesting to see Dolph Lundgren do a movie where his character does more than just throw punches. Brandon Lee shows off his talents in the fight scenes. Together they both make for fun fights. The makeup in the movie is fantastic. The music by David Michael Frank is great. The score really helps out the movie a lot and the piece of music that they use a lot, which might be the main theme, is awesome.
Showdown in Little Tokyo is an action movie of its time and while it hasn’t aged well its still a lot of fun. I’d still say that Rapid Fire is my favorite Brandon Lee movie and if you haven’t seen it I recommend you watching it if you can especially if you like action movies. You can watch it until the end of the month on HBO Max. I give Showdown in Little Tokyo 7 severed pinkies out of 10.