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Rated R
Copyright 1996 Troma Films
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Sgt Harry Griswald - New York cop who inherits Kabuki powers and must save the world.
  • Lotus - Woman who understands the Kabuki's powers and that Harry must be taught them.
  • Mr. Sato - Lotus' grandfather, he get's riddled with bullets.
  • Mr. Reginald Stewart - Evil rich guy, he is the embodiment of "The Evil One." Thwarted in the end.
  • Rembrant - Crazy killer for Mr. Stewart, wears a blonde wig for some reason. Get's his silly wig-wearing-self shot in the forehead by Harry.
  • Reverend Snipes - Corrupt minister, goes to jail after Sgt Kabukiman threatens to give him an enema with the Empire State Building's spire.
  • Connie - Harry's love interest at first, due to her very nice breasts. Rembrant kills her.
  • Toyota - Lotus' pet monkey.

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The Plot: 

If you like killer chopsticks and raw mackeral here is your movie. By a bizarre twist of fate Sgt Griswald is given the Kabuki powers by a dying Sato. Mr. Stewart has been successful in killing the intended Kabuki and believes himself safe to rule all when a prophecy comes to pass. (No way I'm going to repeat it - listen below and learn) Connie is close to learning of Reverend Snipes' ties to Stewart when she is badly beaten, Harry's sudden change into Kabukiman saves her life only briefly, Rembrant finishes the job. After a few stints involving an inability to control the power, including turning into Bozo the Clown, he asks Lotus for help. Well, she beats his testicles with a bamboo rod and that sets him right on track. Soon Kabukiman is cleaning up crime, becoming a hero, and knocking boots with Lotus. Everything comes to a head and "The Evil One's" plans are barely stopped by the hero. Sgt Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. is a fun film, it was never meant to be serious and Troma (NJ's only major motion picture company.) is excellent at what they do.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Being shot in the crotch sucks.
  • Never hand the clumsy guy a Samari sword.
  • Japanese fans are deadly weapons.
  • It's okay to hit a priest who is dealing drugs.
  • Silly string obstructs windshield vision.
  • Every movie needs a dog-faced monkey.
  • A grown man should not walk around in a red suit.
  • Hookers and pimps should be cut into sushi rolls.
  • Don't read Miranda Rights to someone you've shot in the head.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 2 mins - Man wearing a blonde wig with a sword skewering two cute kids? Where are mom and dad? Making out! Oh hey breasts... ...what was I complaining about?
  • 5 mins - That man just ate worms, I mean chowing down.
  • 39 mins - Yum, a dead mackeral.
  • 44 mins - What the hell is going on behind him? All I can see is a pair of turquoise stretch pants.
  • 49 mins - Harry just turned into Bozo the Clown.
  • 59 mins - Now what are the people in the background doing, the YMCA?
  • 62 mins - Ouch! Bamboo stick to the ahm, parts...
  • 74 mins - That man just turned into a pile of hot dogs!
  • 98 mins - Oh, it's um, dawn...because, the um, the night is over...

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note sgtkabuki1.wav Harry: "I was following up on a lead to what some might consider just another New York City massacre. A pretty woman thrown out of a high rise window, her Japanese husband disembowled, and their two kids turned into shredded wheat."
Green Music Note sgtkabuki2.wav Some guy: "Do you know what it's like to be violated by a three-hundred pound Filipino skinhead named Gunther? It ain't no picnic!"
Green Music Note sgtkabuki3.wav Lotus describing the prophecy and it's a damn goofy prophecy.
Green Music Note sgtkabuki4.wav Guy: "Who are you?"
Harry: "I'm Kabukiman."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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 Watch a sceneVIDEOMPEG video files 

Video Clipsgtkabuki1.mpg - 2.8m
Harry takes on a number of punks in this scene, I love seeing the "Chopsticks of Doom" in action.

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