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Muscle Heat (2002)
"Masuuruhiito" (original title)

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In the year 2009, a young policeman must collapse a Yakuza family whose members make a large profit with a new drug.

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Credited cast:
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Joe Jinno
Shô Aikawa ...
Det. Aguri Katsuragi
Masaya Katô ...
Rai Kenjin
Misato Tachibana ...
Akane Katsuragi
Noboru Kaneko ...
Ken
Ikkei Watanabe ...
Asakura
Joe Li ...
Rai Kenkyo (as Joe Lee)
Ken Lo ...
Lee (as Kenneth Low)
Shinya Hashimoto ...
Muscle Dome Wrestler A
Noriko Watanabe ...
Ryoko Tachibana
Yoshihiro Takayama ...
Muscle Dome Wrestler B
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Tajima, the Street Better
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Setsutan Oh
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In the year 2009 , Joe Jinno, a Navy SEAL who is court martialed for disobeying orders, is sent to Tokyo to assist Det. Aguri Katsuragi stop the distribution of the illegal drug known as Blood Heat. After an attempt to stop the drug lord Rai Kenjin fails, Katsuragi ends up in Kenjin's arena of death, the Muscle Dome, and loses against Kenjin's #1 fighter, Lee. Joe wants to seek revenge and needs the help of Katsuragi's sister Akane and Ken, a young underground rebel whose father was one a victim of Kenjin and the Muscle Dome, to exact revenge for Aguri and stop the circulation of Blood Heat. Written by Ninja01

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No Win, No Survive. No Win, No Future.

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Kane Kosugi performs all of his own stunts in this film. See more »

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Rai Kenjin: What are you fighting for, Joe?
Joe Jinno: To kill you!
Rai Kenjin: Wrong... that's just the way we are, Joe!
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Not too bad
1 May 2003 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

PLOT: An American soldier, locked up for disobeying orders, gets sprung from prison by a Japanese detective looking for help to fight a new drug. They go to Japan, where the detective is subsequently killed, leaving the American to battle the druglord himself.

"Muscle Heat" is an awful title, but the movie itself isn't so bad. There's a lot of awful stuff in-between the action scenes, but it's the action scenes that sell the movie. Kane Kosugi, whose father I consider something of a perseonal God, does all right as the Japanese-American lost in Japan. Although Kane seems more comfortable punching and kicking someone in the face then doing dramatic scenes, he's still a much more natural actor than his fellow action brethrens like, say, Arnold Schwarzenegger or Jean Claude Van Damme-I-Can't-Act.

So go in "Muscle Heat" for the action, because nothing else is fleshed out enough to really care about. And although the drug is supposed to be this big bad drug, how is it possible that it's such a plague if the Japanese cops don't even bother to crack down on it? I mean, there's this big industrial place where the drugload hangs out, sends people to their death in his Muscle Dome on a nightly basis, and the cops don't seem to give a hoot. ANd yet we see all this poster and news reporters about how bad the drug, Blood Heat, is, but the only people I ever see taking it are the people who fight in the Muscle Dome!

Anyways. Good action, and Kane Kosugi is something to look out for. He just needs a better script and to, from now on, avoid this whole Tournament Fighting thing. Tournament Fighting movies are just so...Van Damme-ish.


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