Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects
|Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||J. Lee Thompson|
|Produced by||Pancho Kohner|
|Written by||Harold Nebenzal|
|Music by||Greg De Belles|
|Edited by||Mary E. Jochem
|Distributed by||Cannon Films|
|Box office||$3,416,846 (USA)|
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Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989) is an action/drama film starring Charles Bronson and directed by J. Lee Thompson. Being Thompson's final film, it was the last project he and Bronson did together — a long and famed Hollywood collaboration.
A Japanese businessman in a troubled marriage sees a woman being groped in a crowded Tokyo subway. He is fascinated by the fact that she moans silently, involuntarily orgasms, but does not cry out or let people know she is being sexually molested. When he is transferred to Los Angeles, the Japanese businessman has too much to drink at a business party and tries to imitate what he saw by groping a school girl while riding a crowded bus. But unlike the Japanese woman that the businessman saw in Japan, the American girl screams. The Japanese businessman runs away but is robbed and beaten by a mugger who doesn't know that he had groped the girl. Meanwhile, several innocent Asian men are beaten by bystanders who suspect that one of them is the man who groped the girl.
The girl happens to be the daughter of an LAPD vice-squad detective, Lt. Crowe (Bronson), who is very protective of her.
Shortly afterward, the daughter of the same Japanese businessman is kidnapped into a child prostitution ring led by the infamous 'Pimp-King' Duke. Lt. Crowe, who claims the Japanese are in the process of buying Los Angeles, is assigned against his will to find the girl. His feelings about Japanese people start to change when he realizes that the girl's parents care about their daughter as intensely as he cares for his daughter.
Lt. Crowe and his partner eventually find the daughter and rescue her from the pimp and his gang. They kill one member of the gang but the others escape. The Japanese businessman and his wife visit Lt. Crowe's house with gifts to show their appreciation for his work. Lt. Crowe's daughter recognizes the Japanese businessman as the man who groped her on the bus -- and he recognizes her -- but says nothing.
However, despite this apparently happy ending, the Japanese businessman's daughter has been so traumatized by her experiences as a prostitute -- she was raped by Duke and his gang members and then sold to customers of both sexes -- that she commits suicide by an overdose.
Lt. Crowe and his partner decide to find Duke and locate him on a boat in a harbor. In the ensuing fight, Duke and his remaining gang members kill Lt. Crowe's partner, but Duke eventually ends up in the harbor screaming for help because he doesn't know how to swim.
The movie ends with Lt. Crowe escorting the short, long haired sociopath to prison where it is clear that many of the inmates intend to rape him. As Duke is being forced into a cell occupied by a large man who is describing in explicit detail what it going to happen to him, Lt. Crowe walks away and then looks back and says, "Now that's justice."
- Charles Bronson : Lt. Crowe
- Perry Lopez : Eddie Rios
- Juan Fernández : Duke
- James Pax : Hiroshi Hada
- Peggy Lipton : Kathleen Crowe
- Sy Richardson : Lavonne
- Marion Kodama Yue : Karuko Hada
- Bill McKinney : Father Burke
- Gerald Castillo : Capt. Tovar
- Nicole Eggert : DeeDee
- Amy Hathaway : Rita Crowe
- Kumiko Hayakawa : Fumiko Hada
- Michelle Wong : Setsuko Hada
- Sam Chew Jr. : McLane
- Danny Trejo : Prisoner Inmate