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Wayne's World 2
Released in VHS Tape by Paramount Studio (06 February, 2001)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Director: Stephen Surjik
Starring: Mike Myers and Dana Carvey
Somewhere in the world, there are probably people who don't understand why Mike Myers's character, Wayne Campbell, is funny--which is too bad. Granted, the laughs are often cheap and silly, but there's no one who can embody a comic character and riff within that character the way Myers does. Wayne and his pal Garth (Dana Carvey) were fixtures on Saturday Night Live before the unexpected success of Wayne's World, which is about what happened when they tried to take their local cable-access show citywide. This time, they want to stage Waynestock, a mammoth rock festival in their little Chicago suburb, even as Wayne copes with girlfriend Tia Carrere's interest in record-company exec Christopher Walken. For extra fun, Garth gets involved with the babelicious Kim Basinger. Yes, the humor is scattershot and the plot is lame--but you'll find yourself laughing nonetheless. --Marshall Fine
Average review score:

"If you book them they will come"
As good as the first! Mike Myers is one of my favorite actors, and I love everything he is in! He and Garth never fail to make me laugh. The funniest bits come from him getting seduced by Kim Basinger. Tia Carrere (a gorgeous woman) returns as Cassandra, Wayne's babelicious girlfriend. But she is being led astray by Christopher Walken, will Wayne prove his worthiness? A movie that I have watched over and over, and still laugh. Schwing!

the second one is just as better
dana carvey and mike myers, team up together for the second time in the movie wayne's world 2. this was just as good as the original. no one can forget that classic mortal combat scene between wayne and jeff. it was the funniest part in the movie for me. then you have help from one of the biggest names in hollywood, christopher walken, who played the part of bobby perfectly. myers and carvey also worked great together, as usual, who would of thought that a sketch form saturday night live, would turn into two very funny and successful movies. waynes world 2, i salute you, schaaaaaawing!

Not as ZANG as the first film
Wayne's World 2 came to theaters on December 10,1993. That month also came sequels to SISTER ACT and BEETHOVEN. Wayne's World is now taped in the building where Acme Doll Factory once operated in. Wayne and Garth are now living together(platonically of course). Wayne and Garth attend an Aerosmith concert in downtown Chicago(part of Aerosmith's GET A GRIP tour). They meet Heather Locklear(as herself in a cameo) who is also in attendance. Wayne is still dating Cassandra(Tia Carrere). She now has a new producer Bobby(Chris Walken). Wayne and Garth plan to form an all-star concert called Waynestock(parody of Woodstock,the famous '69 concert held in upstate New York). One day at a business luncheon,Wayne spies on Cassandra and Bobby,angering Cassandra when she learned of it. So they broke up briefly again. Chris Farley plays Milton,an obnoxious buddy of Wayne's and Garth's. Wayne and Garth fly to England to meet a guy named Del Preston who helps organize Waynestock. Surprise,Cassandra plans to marry Bobby and the wedding almost happened! Also in the film we meet Cassandra's father,who is impressed by Wayne's knowledge of Cantonese,which he learned in the first film. It was the father who told Wayne about the Cassandra/Bobby wedding. The father told Wayne on the phone,"You're an excellent warrior but I require more in a son-in-law". Wayne and the father briefly do a sword duel. At Waynestock,guess who arrives at the request of Wayne and Garth? Their idols,Steven Tyler,Joe Perry,Brad Whitford,Joey Kramer and Tom Hamilton,aka Aerosmith. They perform from their GET A GRIP album,SHUT UP AND DANCE. In the Aerosmith concert scene,they perform DUDE(Looks Like A Lady).


True Lies
Released in VHS Tape by Twentieth Century Fox (26 May, 1998)
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis
From The Terminator to Titanic, you can always rely on writer-director James Cameron to show you something you've never seen on the big screen before. The guy may not consistently pen the most scintillating dialogue in the world (and, especially in this movie, he doesn't seem to have a particularly high regard for women), but as a director of kinetic, push-the-envelope action sequences, he is in a class by himself. In True Lies, the highlight is a breathtaking third-act jet and car chase through the Florida Keys. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a covert intelligence agent whose wife of 15 years (Jamie Lee Curtis) finally finds out that he's not really a computer salesman and who becomes mixed up in a case involving nuclear arms smuggling. Tom Arnold is surprisingly funny and engaging as Schwarzenegger's longtime spy partner, and Bill Paxton is a smarmy used-car salesman (is that redundant?) whom Arnold thinks is having an affair with his wife. Purely in terms of spectacular action and high-tech hardware, True Lies is a blast. --Jim Emerson
Average review score:

On Arnold's acting resume "True Lies" would be his best film
Now might be a good time to check out "True Lies" once again, simply because most of the principles are in the news a lot these days. After all, Arnold Swarzenegger is running for governor of California, Jamie Lee Curtis is getting great reviews for her work in the new version of "Freaky Friday," a network has shown enough faith in Eliza Dushku to star her in a new television series "Tru Calling," and Tom Arnold is hosting a sports talk show on television while being dissed by ex-wife Roseanne Barr as she prepares for her new reality show. Of course, you have to wonder whatever happened to James Cameron, the director of this 1994 action comedy (my own guess is that the spirit of David O. Sleznick is whispering in Cameron's ear, "Okay, now that you're 'King of the World' what are you going to do next?").

Arnold is Harry Tasker, a special agent for a super secret government organization, but his wife Helen (Curtis), thinks he is just a boring computer salesman. While he is dealing with cracking a ring of international terrorists, she is looking for a little more excitement in her life. Ironically, she thinks she has found this in a fast talking used car salesman who hits on lonely wives by pretending he is a secret agent. Of course, the irony gets a bit more intense as the movie progresses and the chief attraction is that Harry is trying to save his marriage along with the free world. If there is one lesson this film teaches, then it would clearly be the old adage that it takes two to tango.

This week my thinking is that "True Lies" is ultimate Arnold Swarzenegger film, combining the action of the "Terminator" films with the appealing comedy of "Kindergarten Cop." This is a film that is able to have it both ways when it comes to Arnold's cinematic persona, being faithful to his larger than life action sequences while also carrying off some tongue-in-cheek parody. Meanwhile, Curtis turns in the second best performance of her career, which I can now say because I just saw her best in "Freaky Friday" this afternoon. Tom Arnold has never been better an the second banana, which is something he probably knows, and Charlton Heston has a choice bit part as the head of the secret organization for which Harry works. I have heard there is supposed to be a sequel to this film, which might be derailed by Arnold's candidacy (especially if he gets elected), but that might be just as well because a sequel could not be better than the original in this case.

Schwarzenegger movies will be on hiatus, at least in California, for the next couple of months. Fortunately, the movies of actors running for political office are a lot more accessible today than they were went Ronald Reagan was running for president (Note: "Bedtime for Bonzo" is a very good B-comedy and primarily a joke to those who have not seen the film). If you are thinking of watching a Schwarzenegger movie to mull over his viability as a political candidate, then "True Lies" seems the obvious choice. As for me, I watched it again because I wanted to see more of the funny (and sexy) Jamie Lee Curtis, and Laurie Strode just does not suffice any more.

One of Arnie's and Cameron's best films!
Meet Arnold Swarzennegar - amazing James Bond type spy who's absolutely clueless as a husband and father. He starts out as impeccable as 007, who he is obviously spoofing, but then loses it and goes crazy when he suspects his wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) is cheating on him.

his best buddy, Tom Arnold from "Roseanne" fame, is the perfect comic foil. It's really Tom that makes this act/adv stand out from the crowd. The dialogue is fast, funny, and Tom takes it to the limit. Also up for a laugh is Bill Paxton, another Cameron regular (Aliens), who plays a seedy used-car salesman posing as a spy in order to seduce women. He really goes all the way, completely unafraid of playing a true idiot!

It's just so great to watch an act/adv with great action that isn't limited to the usual, off-hand quips from stoneyfaced he-men. This movie is one of my favorites because it's a great popcorn movie that delivers on many levels. It's not just an excuse to blow things up and no one takes themselves too seriously. Everyone obviously had a great time making this film and it shows. I hope they make the sequel soon.

Hilarious, it you want to laugh go for it!
I could see this over and over and laugh my head off every time and I'm not even a big fan of either of the main actors. One of my all time favorites by far!!!


True Lies
Released in VHS Tape by Twentieth Century Fox (13 July, 1999)
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis
From The Terminator to Titanic, you can always rely on writer-director James Cameron to show you something you've never seen on the big screen before. The guy may not consistently pen the most scintillating dialogue in the world (and, especially in this movie, he doesn't seem to have a particularly high regard for women), but as a director of kinetic, push-the-envelope action sequences, he is in a class by himself. In True Lies, the highlight is a breathtaking third-act jet and car chase through the Florida Keys. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a covert intelligence agent whose wife of 15 years (Jamie Lee Curtis) finally finds out that he's not really a computer salesman and who becomes mixed up in a case involving nuclear arms smuggling. Tom Arnold is surprisingly funny and engaging as Schwarzenegger's longtime spy partner, and Bill Paxton is a smarmy used-car salesman (is that redundant?) whom Arnold thinks is having an affair with his wife. Purely in terms of spectacular action and high-tech hardware, True Lies is a blast. --Jim Emerson
Average review score:

On Arnold's acting resume "True Lies" would be his best film
Now might be a good time to check out "True Lies" once again, simply because most of the principles are in the news a lot these days. After all, Arnold Swarzenegger is running for governor of California, Jamie Lee Curtis is getting great reviews for her work in the new version of "Freaky Friday," a network has shown enough faith in Eliza Dushku to star her in a new television series "Tru Calling," and Tom Arnold is hosting a sports talk show on television while being dissed by ex-wife Roseanne Barr as she prepares for her new reality show. Of course, you have to wonder whatever happened to James Cameron, the director of this 1994 action comedy (my own guess is that the spirit of David O. Sleznick is whispering in Cameron's ear, "Okay, now that you're 'King of the World' what are you going to do next?").

Arnold is Harry Tasker, a special agent for a super secret government organization, but his wife Helen (Curtis), thinks he is just a boring computer salesman. While he is dealing with cracking a ring of international terrorists, she is looking for a little more excitement in her life. Ironically, she thinks she has found this in a fast talking used car salesman who hits on lonely wives by pretending he is a secret agent. Of course, the irony gets a bit more intense as the movie progresses and the chief attraction is that Harry is trying to save his marriage along with the free world. If there is one lesson this film teaches, then it would clearly be the old adage that it takes two to tango.

This week my thinking is that "True Lies" is ultimate Arnold Swarzenegger film, combining the action of the "Terminator" films with the appealing comedy of "Kindergarten Cop." This is a film that is able to have it both ways when it comes to Arnold's cinematic persona, being faithful to his larger than life action sequences while also carrying off some tongue-in-cheek parody. Meanwhile, Curtis turns in the second best performance of her career, which I can now say because I just saw her best in "Freaky Friday" this afternoon. Tom Arnold has never been better an the second banana, which is something he probably knows, and Charlton Heston has a choice bit part as the head of the secret organization for which Harry works. I have heard there is supposed to be a sequel to this film, which might be derailed by Arnold's candidacy (especially if he gets elected), but that might be just as well because a sequel could not be better than the original in this case.

Schwarzenegger movies will be on hiatus, at least in California, for the next couple of months. Fortunately, the movies of actors running for political office are a lot more accessible today than they were went Ronald Reagan was running for president (Note: "Bedtime for Bonzo" is a very good B-comedy and primarily a joke to those who have not seen the film). If you are thinking of watching a Schwarzenegger movie to mull over his viability as a political candidate, then "True Lies" seems the obvious choice. As for me, I watched it again because I wanted to see more of the funny (and sexy) Jamie Lee Curtis, and Laurie Strode just does not suffice any more.

One of Arnie's and Cameron's best films!
Meet Arnold Swarzennegar - amazing James Bond type spy who's absolutely clueless as a husband and father. He starts out as impeccable as 007, who he is obviously spoofing, but then loses it and goes crazy when he suspects his wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) is cheating on him.

his best buddy, Tom Arnold from "Roseanne" fame, is the perfect comic foil. It's really Tom that makes this act/adv stand out from the crowd. The dialogue is fast, funny, and Tom takes it to the limit. Also up for a laugh is Bill Paxton, another Cameron regular (Aliens), who plays a seedy used-car salesman posing as a spy in order to seduce women. He really goes all the way, completely unafraid of playing a true idiot!

It's just so great to watch an act/adv with great action that isn't limited to the usual, off-hand quips from stoneyfaced he-men. This movie is one of my favorites because it's a great popcorn movie that delivers on many levels. It's not just an excuse to blow things up and no one takes themselves too seriously. Everyone obviously had a great time making this film and it shows. I hope they make the sequel soon.

Hilarious, it you want to laugh go for it!
I could see this over and over and laugh my head off every time and I'm not even a big fan of either of the main actors. One of my all time favorites by far!!!


True Lies
Released in VHS Tape by Twentieth Century Fox (05 June, 2001)
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis
From The Terminator to Titanic, you can always rely on writer-director James Cameron to show you something you've never seen on the big screen before. The guy may not consistently pen the most scintillating dialogue in the world (and, especially in this movie, he doesn't seem to have a particularly high regard for women), but as a director of kinetic, push-the-envelope action sequences, he is in a class by himself. In True Lies, the highlight is a breathtaking third-act jet and car chase through the Florida Keys. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a covert intelligence agent whose wife of 15 years (Jamie Lee Curtis) finally finds out that he's not really a computer salesman and who becomes mixed up in a case involving nuclear arms smuggling. Tom Arnold is surprisingly funny and engaging as Schwarzenegger's longtime spy partner, and Bill Paxton is a smarmy used-car salesman (is that redundant?) whom Arnold thinks is having an affair with his wife. Purely in terms of spectacular action and high-tech hardware, True Lies is a blast. --Jim Emerson
Average review score:

I agree with Kasheri
Finally, I find someone who sees the abusiveness in the relationship between Arnie and his wife. I find it really disturbing that this is supposed to be funny. And that scene where he interrogates her is absolutely frightful.

pumped up action with the govenor of New York
good, solid action with Arnold chewing up badguys with lots of gadgets and tools. the hottest scene would be when Jamie Lee Curtis strips, meow baby. note the other cast including, Bill Paxton, Art Malik, Grant Heslov, Charlton Heston and Eliza Dushku. for fans of the Arnold man. I cant stop calling him the govenor, its so addicting and it adds some spark to my reviews as I do them

Hilarious, it you want to laugh go for it!
I could see this over and over and laugh my head off every time and I'm not even a big fan of either of the main actors. One of my all time favorites by far!!!


True Lies
Released in VHS Tape by Twentieth Century Fox (18 September, 2001)
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis
From The Terminator to Titanic, you can always rely on writer-director James Cameron to show you something you've never seen on the big screen before. The guy may not consistently pen the most scintillating dialogue in the world (and, especially in this movie, he doesn't seem to have a particularly high regard for women), but as a director of kinetic, push-the-envelope action sequences, he is in a class by himself. In True Lies, the highlight is a breathtaking third-act jet and car chase through the Florida Keys. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a covert intelligence agent whose wife of 15 years (Jamie Lee Curtis) finally finds out that he's not really a computer salesman and who becomes mixed up in a case involving nuclear arms smuggling. Tom Arnold is surprisingly funny and engaging as Schwarzenegger's longtime spy partner, and Bill Paxton is a smarmy used-car salesman (is that redundant?) whom Arnold thinks is having an affair with his wife. Purely in terms of spectacular action and high-tech hardware, True Lies is a blast. --Jim Emerson
Average review score:

On Arnold's acting resume "True Lies" would be his best film
Now might be a good time to check out "True Lies" once again, simply because most of the principles are in the news a lot these days. After all, Arnold Swarzenegger is running for governor of California, Jamie Lee Curtis is getting great reviews for her work in the new version of "Freaky Friday," a network has shown enough faith in Eliza Dushku to star her in a new television series "Tru Calling," and Tom Arnold is hosting a sports talk show on television while being dissed by ex-wife Roseanne Barr as she prepares for her new reality show. Of course, you have to wonder whatever happened to James Cameron, the director of this 1994 action comedy (my own guess is that the spirit of David O. Sleznick is whispering in Cameron's ear, "Okay, now that you're 'King of the World' what are you going to do next?").

Arnold is Harry Tasker, a special agent for a super secret government organization, but his wife Helen (Curtis), thinks he is just a boring computer salesman. While he is dealing with cracking a ring of international terrorists, she is looking for a little more excitement in her life. Ironically, she thinks she has found this in a fast talking used car salesman who hits on lonely wives by pretending he is a secret agent. Of course, the irony gets a bit more intense as the movie progresses and the chief attraction is that Harry is trying to save his marriage along with the free world. If there is one lesson this film teaches, then it would clearly be the old adage that it takes two to tango.

This week my thinking is that "True Lies" is ultimate Arnold Swarzenegger film, combining the action of the "Terminator" films with the appealing comedy of "Kindergarten Cop." This is a film that is able to have it both ways when it comes to Arnold's cinematic persona, being faithful to his larger than life action sequences while also carrying off some tongue-in-cheek parody. Meanwhile, Curtis turns in the second best performance of her career, which I can now say because I just saw her best in "Freaky Friday" this afternoon. Tom Arnold has never been better an the second banana, which is something he probably knows, and Charlton Heston has a choice bit part as the head of the secret organization for which Harry works. I have heard there is supposed to be a sequel to this film, which might be derailed by Arnold's candidacy (especially if he gets elected), but that might be just as well because a sequel could not be better than the original in this case.

Schwarzenegger movies will be on hiatus, at least in California, for the next couple of months. Fortunately, the movies of actors running for political office are a lot more accessible today than they were went Ronald Reagan was running for president (Note: "Bedtime for Bonzo" is a very good B-comedy and primarily a joke to those who have not seen the film). If you are thinking of watching a Schwarzenegger movie to mull over his viability as a political candidate, then "True Lies" seems the obvious choice. As for me, I watched it again because I wanted to see more of the funny (and sexy) Jamie Lee Curtis, and Laurie Strode just does not suffice any more.

One of Arnie's and Cameron's best films!
Meet Arnold Swarzennegar - amazing James Bond type spy who's absolutely clueless as a husband and father. He starts out as impeccable as 007, who he is obviously spoofing, but then loses it and goes crazy when he suspects his wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) is cheating on him.

his best buddy, Tom Arnold from "Roseanne" fame, is the perfect comic foil. It's really Tom that makes this act/adv stand out from the crowd. The dialogue is fast, funny, and Tom takes it to the limit. Also up for a laugh is Bill Paxton, another Cameron regular (Aliens), who plays a seedy used-car salesman posing as a spy in order to seduce women. He really goes all the way, completely unafraid of playing a true idiot!

It's just so great to watch an act/adv with great action that isn't limited to the usual, off-hand quips from stoneyfaced he-men. This movie is one of my favorites because it's a great popcorn movie that delivers on many levels. It's not just an excuse to blow things up and no one takes themselves too seriously. Everyone obviously had a great time making this film and it shows. I hope they make the sequel soon.

Hilarious, it you want to laugh go for it!
I could see this over and over and laugh my head off every time and I'm not even a big fan of either of the main actors. One of my all time favorites by far!!!


Aloha Summer
Released in VHS Tape by Warner Studios (30 June, 1993)
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Director: Tommy Lee Wallace
Starring: Chris Makepeace and Yuji Okumoto
Average review score:

A Movie that is "Comfort Food"
What can I say. Filmed in Hawaii, representing a "simpler" time. Friends finding love, resolving conflict etc. during their "Aloha Summer". I really enjoyed this movie just like I enjoy "comfort food". And, though I really liked the movie, I would have bought it even if I hadn't. Just for the great surfing scenes near the end! I watch those over and over!

An innocent gem of a film
I purchase this film back in the 80's and was amazed that the Studio never heavily promoted this obscure gem. Surfing and light racial overtones add depth to this fine family or teenage flick. The beautiful Hawaii cinematography is amazing. Mike Greco's script and Tommy Lee Wallace's direction is wonderful. Check out the stupid looking guy selling beach mats and stuff on the beach. The 1950's music soundtrack is also a winner. Buy it if you can find it! Great nostalgic fun.

Aloha!!!
I have not thought about this movie in a long time. I recently purchased this movie and it is as great then as it is now. It is such an innocent movie that anyone can watch and enjoy. This movie is about a much simpler time were friends honored each other, summers felt like eternity, and your first love is always memorable. I enjoy watching this movie and recommend it to anyone.


The Night of the Headless Horseman
Released in VHS Tape by Twentieth Century Fox Home Video (05 September, 2000)
MPAA Rating:
Director: Shane Williams
Average review score:

The Night Of the Headless Horseman
VERY interesting animation. Great for 7-10 year-olds. A bit slow, but when it gets "scary", it grabs your attention!

Good adaptation of the story
In October, I read and watch enjoyable stories of horror and suspense. "The Headless Horseman" is one of those wonderful works of fiction that I must see as it gets closer to Halloween. "Night of the Headless Horseman" is a fairly good adaptation to the classic short story. My only true criticism is that the computer animation reminds me of watching a video game. The characters in the film have no physical dimension. They do not look real. I truly needed to get past that in order to enjoy the story but it was difficult to do.
The animation is NOT "Toy Story". It was done for television. But the story is a definite classic. I highly recommend it as a way of retelling the story of the Headless Horseman and I will still always look forward to viewing it as a Halloween ritual.

Irving's Story is Preserved in this Telling
Ok- so the animation is a bit odd. This film actually follows Irving's original tale better than most. I've seen several, usually boring, adaptations which attempt to tell the REAL story. This is the best so far, with or without humans. If you are looking for a film to pair with the story, this may be it. So, English teachers, this film is for you...


Showdown in Little Tokyo
Released in VHS Tape by Warner Studios (07 January, 1997)
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Director: Mark L. Lester
Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Brandon Lee, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Tia Carrere
Showdown in Little Tokyo is a 1991 martial arts action-comedy that, in pitting Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee as L.A. cops against Japanese drug dealers, plays like a B-movie Tango and Cash or Lethal Weapon 2 (both released just two years before). Between career highs in Rocky IV (1985) and Universal Soldier (1992), Lundgren looked as if he might make it big at the box office, and clearly wanting to be the new Schwarzenegger he is here directed by Mark L Lester, who had earlier helmed Ah-nold's Commando (1985). In the event both actor and director headed for straight-to-video territory, while Lee (Bruce's son) went on to The Crow. The 75-minute running time suggests the studio lost confidence and seriously cut the movie though, as the space between the action is filled with nothing but cringe-inducing dialogue, thriller clichés, and Lundgren "romancing" Tia Carrere, it still makes sense. Basing its title on John Carpenter's 1986 fantasy-comedy Big Trouble in Little China and anticipating Rush Hour (1998), Showdown in Little Tokyo alternates between crude tongue-in-cheek moments and action so ludicrous it's unintentionally hilarious . A camp disaster that simply defies belief, this is so-bad-it's-good entertainment. --Gary S. Dalkin
Average review score:

yeah..whatever..doesnt add up
Lee and Lundgren partner up and take down the badguys..Lundgren gets the girl played by Tia CArerre and then kills the badyguy at the end with the help of Brandon Lee.....bad script..bad acting..though Lee gets some few good fight scenes he cant save this one from being a dud....a dud like Lundgren..Lundgren cant act is all im saying..and if you people think so..your all weird in the head...Lee's worst movie..RENT THE CROW DAMNIT!!! or at least The Legacy Of Rage

Great movie for Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee fans
This is probably Dolph's best role. This is also one of Brandon's best film roles as well. A fun movie.
Dolph Lundgren is a man, and he's not afraid to act like a man! Dolph simply oozes masculinity in this film. He's in great shape, he's confident, he picks up gorgeous women , he eats a traditional Japanese style lunch (even the old Japanese waitress can't help but to flirt with this man!), he has two residences. He is such a man that he even built himself a Japanese style home with those rice paper type walls complete with a hot tub and equipped with Japenese ninja type weapons.
Tia Carrera and most of the other women here simply ooze feminine sexuality in this film!
The very fact that Brandon Lee is in this film adds a lot. This is probably to only film he made where his good natured personlity and sense of humor come across so well. Dolph's Japanese upbringing and Brandon's style contrast perfectly.
They should bring this out in a widescreen version and add some extras. The picture is not bad, but could probably be improved.
Note: the Yakuza here were originally introducted in 'The Punisher', but they perfected their role here. This movie deals with the violent Yakuza and some of the sword scenes are intense.
Also I own both VHS and DVD versions of this movie,and they kept the front cover the same, but they changed the back cover. The original VHS back cover shows a nice shot of Brandon in the coffee shop, and Dolph carrying Tia in his arms. They should not have removed those shots, as they capture the film far better than what they replaced it with.
I have noticed that they are changing the covers on both the front and back of a lot of movies they convert to DVD. They are removing pictures of things like guys carrying women in their arms. If a guys has his shirt off they replace that. And they are also removing any pictures with sexy women and replacing them with shots of just their head. (they did that with Tia Carrera on the inside cover. In this movie she's very sexy but they only show her head in the inside DVD movie cover. And she has this stern expression on her face. In the entire movie she's sexy so that picture is out of place. Politically correct.

Before The Crow, He was a Cop
This film here was the first Brandon Lee American movie. He had done some limited TV spots and a film in Hong Kong prior to Showdown in Little Tokyo though. For a low-budget film, it's sure to keep both Lee and Lundgren fans enthralled. The fight scenes are well choreographed, and the banter between Lee and Lundgren adds some humor as well. Watching Lee's budding talent, it makes you wonder what would have been had he not died on the set of The Crow. Don't expect the quality of The Crow here, but Showdown in Little Tokyo is definitely worth picking up. It would have been nice if the DVD was offered in widescreen, and if some extras had been thrown in, but the film alone is worth the price of admission.


Showdown in Little Tokyo
Released in VHS Tape by Warner Studios (07 January, 1997)
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Director: Mark L. Lester
Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Brandon Lee, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Tia Carrere
Showdown in Little Tokyo is a 1991 martial arts action-comedy that, in pitting Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee as L.A. cops against Japanese drug dealers, plays like a B-movie Tango and Cash or Lethal Weapon 2 (both released just two years before). Between career highs in Rocky IV (1985) and Universal Soldier (1992), Lundgren looked as if he might make it big at the box office, and clearly wanting to be the new Schwarzenegger he is here directed by Mark L Lester, who had earlier helmed Ah-nold's Commando (1985). In the event both actor and director headed for straight-to-video territory, while Lee (Bruce's son) went on to The Crow. The 75-minute running time suggests the studio lost confidence and seriously cut the movie though, as the space between the action is filled with nothing but cringe-inducing dialogue, thriller clichés, and Lundgren "romancing" Tia Carrere, it still makes sense. Basing its title on John Carpenter's 1986 fantasy-comedy Big Trouble in Little China and anticipating Rush Hour (1998), Showdown in Little Tokyo alternates between crude tongue-in-cheek moments and action so ludicrous it's unintentionally hilarious . A camp disaster that simply defies belief, this is so-bad-it's-good entertainment. --Gary S. Dalkin
Average review score:

yeah..whatever..doesnt add up
Lee and Lundgren partner up and take down the badguys..Lundgren gets the girl played by Tia CArerre and then kills the badyguy at the end with the help of Brandon Lee.....bad script..bad acting..though Lee gets some few good fight scenes he cant save this one from being a dud....a dud like Lundgren..Lundgren cant act is all im saying..and if you people think so..your all weird in the head...Lee's worst movie..RENT THE CROW DAMNIT!!! or at least The Legacy Of Rage

Great movie for Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee fans
This is probably Dolph's best role. This is also one of Brandon's best film roles as well. A fun movie.
Dolph Lundgren is a man, and he's not afraid to act like a man! Dolph simply oozes masculinity in this film. He's in great shape, he's confident, he picks up gorgeous women , he eats a traditional Japanese style lunch (even the old Japanese waitress can't help but to flirt with this man!), he has two residences. He is such a man that he even built himself a Japanese style home with those rice paper type walls complete with a hot tub and equipped with Japenese ninja type weapons.
Tia Carrera and most of the other women here simply ooze feminine sexuality in this film!
The very fact that Brandon Lee is in this film adds a lot. This is probably to only film he made where his good natured personlity and sense of humor come across so well. Dolph's Japanese upbringing and Brandon's style contrast perfectly.
They should bring this out in a widescreen version and add some extras. The picture is not bad, but could probably be improved.
Note: the Yakuza here were originally introducted in 'The Punisher', but they perfected their role here. This movie deals with the violent Yakuza and some of the sword scenes are intense.
Also I own both VHS and DVD versions of this movie,and they kept the front cover the same, but they changed the back cover. The original VHS back cover shows a nice shot of Brandon in the coffee shop, and Dolph carrying Tia in his arms. They should not have removed those shots, as they capture the film far better than what they replaced it with.
I have noticed that they are changing the covers on both the front and back of a lot of movies they convert to DVD. They are removing pictures of things like guys carrying women in their arms. If a guys has his shirt off they replace that. And they are also removing any pictures with sexy women and replacing them with shots of just their head. (they did that with Tia Carrera on the inside cover. In this movie she's very sexy but they only show her head in the inside DVD movie cover. And she has this stern expression on her face. In the entire movie she's sexy so that picture is out of place. Politically correct.

Before The Crow, He was a Cop
This film here was the first Brandon Lee American movie. He had done some limited TV spots and a film in Hong Kong prior to Showdown in Little Tokyo though. For a low-budget film, it's sure to keep both Lee and Lundgren fans enthralled. The fight scenes are well choreographed, and the banter between Lee and Lundgren adds some humor as well. Watching Lee's budding talent, it makes you wonder what would have been had he not died on the set of The Crow. Don't expect the quality of The Crow here, but Showdown in Little Tokyo is definitely worth picking up. It would have been nice if the DVD was offered in widescreen, and if some extras had been thrown in, but the film alone is worth the price of admission.


Showdown in Little Tokyo
Released in VHS Tape by Warner Studios (13 March, 2000)
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Director: Mark L. Lester
Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Brandon Lee, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Tia Carrere
Showdown in Little Tokyo is a 1991 martial arts action-comedy that, in pitting Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee as L.A. cops against Japanese drug dealers, plays like a B-movie Tango and Cash or Lethal Weapon 2 (both released just two years before). Between career highs in Rocky IV (1985) and Universal Soldier (1992), Lundgren looked as if he might make it big at the box office, and clearly wanting to be the new Schwarzenegger he is here directed by Mark L Lester, who had earlier helmed Ah-nold's Commando (1985). In the event both actor and director headed for straight-to-video territory, while Lee (Bruce's son) went on to The Crow. The 75-minute running time suggests the studio lost confidence and seriously cut the movie though, as the space between the action is filled with nothing but cringe-inducing dialogue, thriller clichés, and Lundgren "romancing" Tia Carrere, it still makes sense. Basing its title on John Carpenter's 1986 fantasy-comedy Big Trouble in Little China and anticipating Rush Hour (1998), Showdown in Little Tokyo alternates between crude tongue-in-cheek moments and action so ludicrous it's unintentionally hilarious . A camp disaster that simply defies belief, this is so-bad-it's-good entertainment. --Gary S. Dalkin
Average review score:

yeah..whatever..doesnt add up
Lee and Lundgren partner up and take down the badguys..Lundgren gets the girl played by Tia CArerre and then kills the badyguy at the end with the help of Brandon Lee.....bad script..bad acting..though Lee gets some few good fight scenes he cant save this one from being a dud....a dud like Lundgren..Lundgren cant act is all im saying..and if you people think so..your all weird in the head...Lee's worst movie..RENT THE CROW DAMNIT!!! or at least The Legacy Of Rage

Showdown In Little Tokyo REVIEW
Looking for good pointless buddy action? Look no further. Before Brandon Lee's unforunate and tragic death and Dolph Lundren's exile to straight-to-video fare, the two did this average and predictable but fun and fast-paced action film. Lundgren is the American trained in the Hong Kong style while Lee is vice-versa and the two are looking to track down the always-evil Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, who is the distributor of a new lethal form of drugs that is killing kids on the streets. If that's not enough, Tagawa murdered Dolph's parents when he was just a child so this is a mission of revenge.

At just a little bit over an hour and ten minutes, this movie gets right to the point and fast. You get a whole lot of kicking and shooting but not too much of anything else. If you are a fan of either Lundgren or Lee then it's worth a look but non-action fans may want to skip this.

Unintentionally hilarious...
This is the best bad movie I think I can remember seeing. It's so silly, so predictable, and yet it's somehow holds interest. Maybe that's because we want to see if it gets any worse. Lundgren stars as the cop equivalent of Superman. He can jump over cars, defeat sumo wrestlers in hand-to-hand comment, woo Tia Carerre, lift a car on its side and then blow it up with one shot, and he can also build a house by himself. He is partnered with Brandon Lee, who is actually quite funny and entertaining, despite somewhat limited screen time. The two join together and bring down the Yakuza in a part of LA called Little Tokyo. This movie is filled with cheesy moments so bad you'll die laughing. I enjoyed this film's badness because it seemed so serious in what it was trying to produce. My favorite part was when Lundgren jumps over the convertible. He must be about eight feet in the air! Michael Jordon couldn't do such a stunt without scraping his feet on the car. "Showdown in Little Tokyo" needs to be seen to be believed. Is it tons of fun? You bet. Is is also very ridiculous? Of course.


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