Episode 9: Showdown in Little Tokyo


In 1991, the “buddy cop” genre was a staple of the action films of the era.  Action-packed with tongue firmly in cheek, these films were testosterone-heavy and fun!  Showdown in Little Tokyo remains a prime example of this bygone era.  Dolph Lundgren stars as Sgt. Chris Kenner, a wrecking ball of a cop who is partnered with a young Brandon Lee as they take on the Yakuza who are on the verge of taking over Los Angeles.  And wouldn’t you know it…  These detectives have the necessary martial arts skills needed to stop this takeover!  At barely 80 minutes, Showdown packs in loads of action sequences, Tia Carrere, training montages, funny banter, and unforgettable one-liners (some that I imagine many would choose to forget)!  Joining me to reminisce about this cult classic are two regulars to the show – Chris Prentice and Jeremie Damoiseau (of the Dolph Ultimate website).  Is Lundgren’s Kenner actually a reincarnated samurai warrior (who’s also invincible)?  What does David Michael Frank’s memorable score bring to the film?  Exactly how many continuity errors are present in Showdown?  And what is with Brandon Lee’s infamous line of dialogue?  Join us as we discuss Showdown, its production, and cult status 27 years later!

Major thanks to Chris Prentice and Jeremie Damoiseau for joining me.  Please check out Jeremie’s Lundgren fansite: dolph-forum.com.  Also be sure to be on the lookout for Jeremie’s book, The Punisher: The Untold Story of an 80’s Cult Classic, to be released soon in the US!  www.facebook.com/ThePunisher.FilmBook; www.instagram.com/punisher.book; twitter.com/Punisher_Book.

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Episode 8: Universal Soldier

Universal Soldier

Technically, the next film in Lundgren’s filmography is the cult classic, Showdown in Little Tokyo, however, scheduling conflicts arose, so our Showdown discussion will have to wait until next month.  But not to worry, one of the landmark moments in Dolph Lundgren’s career came in 1992 when he faced off against fellow action star, Jean-Claude Van Damme in Universal Soldier!  In this violent piece of 1990’s testosterone, Lundgren went back to playing a villain for the second round, and the results are glorious!  Directed by Independence Day’s Roland Emmerich, Universal Soldier gave audiences what Arnold and Sly would not at the time – two action stars in their prime squaring off…  And boy, oh boy, do they square off!  Chris Prentice joins me once again to break this film down at great length.  Was Universal Soldier actually ahead of its time?  Just how groundbreaking was it for the action genre?  Is this Lundgren’s best performance?  And just how badass are those UNISOL suits?  Join us as Chris and I swoon over this film for 2+ hours!

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