Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.

on January 01, 1991 by Pat Kramer
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   Created by the people of "Tromaville" as a spoof on any number of police action films, "Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D." knows no limits on bad taste. Spewing bilgeloads of bile and gore galore with cheesy special effects, this movie manages to squeeze out more cliches and low-class gags than one would think possible.
   As with other Troma releases (think "__________"), the movie takes a basic storyline and twists it to its most absurd level--in the hopes of garnering a cult audience that will enjoy really bad B horror flicks. However, "Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D." doesn't even accomplish that goal due to its self-serving nature, which is both irritating and overblown. The plot revolves around arrogant NYC detective Sgt. Harry Griswold (Rick Gianasi), who acquires magical powers from a spiritual man slaughtered on stage at a Kabuki performance. Transformed into a flying maniac in full Kabuki costume and adopting a new moniker, Sgt. Kabukiman discovers it's up to him to stop "the evil one," who is waiting to take over the world. Susan Byun plays a sexy heroine, Lotus, who teaches Kabukiman how to use his powers, and she provides the only interesting dialogue or acting in the film. Otherwise, teeming with overripe, adolescent humor, "Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D." never seems to end fast enough. Starring Rick Gianasi and Susan Byun. Directed by Lloyd Kaufman. Written by Lloyd Kaufman, Andrew Osborne and Jeffrey W. Sass. Produced by Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman. A Troma release. Action/comedy. Rated ____ for _____________. Running time: 105 min
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