SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO (Mark L. Lester, 1991)

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Re: SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO (Mark L. Lester, 1991)

Postby Jox on 12 Dec 2017, 15:00

Who remembers VCDs?

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Re: SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO (Mark L. Lester, 1991)

Postby Travis on 15 Dec 2017, 16:34

To my knowledge, they were more of a thing in Asia. The USA didn't have them.
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Re: SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO (Mark L. Lester, 1991)

Postby shooby on 15 Dec 2017, 21:45

In Europe we had VCD too, but it was really rare
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Re: SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO (Mark L. Lester, 1991)

Postby Jox on 16 Dec 2017, 01:36

Yes, they disappeared fast but there were a few, JOSHUA TREE got a French VCD instead of a Laserdisc.
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Re: SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO (Mark L. Lester, 1991)

Postby Jox on 23 Feb 2018, 12:46

With the novel published in 1992 and the movie in 1993, Michael Crichton's RISING SUN was kind of the "auteur" version of SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO... Sean Connery is Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes is Brandon Lee, and even Tia Carrere is back and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa reprises his role of Yoshida! :mrgreen:
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Re: SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO (Mark L. Lester, 1991)

Postby Moltisanti on 23 Feb 2018, 18:14

Never really thought about that, but it's true!
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Re: SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO (Mark L. Lester, 1991)

Postby Jox on 23 Feb 2018, 19:47

I wanted to mention it when we chatted the other day and forgot ;)
Ever since I saw it back then it was obvious to me.

Back then, my dream SHOWDOWN would have been what it is but perfectly blended with Pollack / Mitchum's THE YAKUZA (also many similarities, even the house assault/shoutout look alike somehow), BLACK RAIN, and RISING SUN (not as good as it could have been IMO) as well I guess...
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Re: SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO (Mark L. Lester, 1991)

Postby savagesketch on 23 Feb 2018, 21:10

Jox wrote:With the novel published in 1992 and the movie in 1993, Michael Crichton's RISING SUN was kind of the "auteur" version of SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO... Sean Connery is Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes is Brandon Lee, and even Tia Carrere is back and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa reprises his role of Yoshida! :mrgreen:


Definitely true. Then again, while RISING SUN is certainly the more serious piece, SHOWDOWN is the more fun! Which is what makes SHOWDOWN much more memorable than RISING SUN!
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Re: SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO (Mark L. Lester, 1991)

Postby Jox on 24 Feb 2018, 12:37

I don't remember if I pointed this out yet:
given SHOWDOWN's US gross about $2 million on 140 screens ($14,2850 per theatre) was actually good and it could have been a modest hit had they put it on 1,200 theatres, if you consider that RED SCORPION and I COME IN PEACE had both grossed only $4 million with 1,200+ screens each ($3,333 per theatre)...

So maybe it had a potential to make $15-20 million (like MOTU)? Also it was probably a bad idea to release it in the summer that had T2, POINT BREAK, BACKDRAFT, THE ROCKETEER, ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES etc... Waiting for the fall have been safer.
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Re: SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO (Mark L. Lester, 1991)

Postby Moltisanti on 24 Feb 2018, 20:52

It was also only two weeks after DOUBLE IMPACT and the exact same day as HARLEY DAVIDSON AND THE MARLBORO MAN. HARLEY was by no means a hit but it and SHOWDOWN didn't do each other favors by opening the same day.
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Re: SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO (Mark L. Lester, 1991)

Postby Jox on 24 Feb 2018, 20:56

Right, I was sure which month DOUBLE IMPACT opened in the US, which is why I didn't mention it.
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Re: SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO (Mark L. Lester, 1991)

Postby savagesketch on 27 Feb 2018, 07:36

Latest episode of I MUST BREAK THIS PODCAST is up, this time discussing Mark L. Lester's SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO! This was a ton of fun to talk about! Major thanks to BOTH Jox and Moltisanti for joining me once again!

https://imustbreakthispodcast.wordpress ... tle-tokyo/
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Please continue listening, subscribing, and spreading the word!
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Re: SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO (Mark L. Lester, 1991)

Postby Jox on 27 Feb 2018, 09:46

Yes! 8)

This was really fun to do, a full on Dolph Ultimate joint effort. I can modestly say this is probably one of the best episodes so far, so strap on your Japanese headband, revise your katas, sharpen your katana swords, and take a wild trip to Little Tokyo with us!
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