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"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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Better than the title implies...
6 September 2004 | by (Honolulu, HI) – See all my reviews

Although the title sounds like it came from an '80s dance movie or a low-budget porn, "Muscle Heat" is actually a fairly decent action movie. Starring Kane Kosugi as Joe (son of Sho Kosugi), it takes place in Tokyo in 2009, although isn't really far out enough to be considered sci-fi. Joe is a US marine who is courtmartialed for refusing to follow orders (revolving around shooting kids), and he is set free by Aikawa Show, who plays Japanese detective Aguri Katsuragi, and given "amnesty" (for reasons that are unclear) to go to Japan (which is in a severe depression and has pretty much gone to hell) to work with Aguri in stopping the illegal drug trade in "blood heat", a powerful and addictive drug, and stopping the lead dealer, Rai (played by Masayo Kato, from Beat Takeshi's "Brother", and Takashi Miike's "Araburu Tamashitachi"). Even though Kane's acting ability consists of a permanent scowl, the actions scenes are good, solid martial arts fighting, and good gunfight action, reminiscent of "Returner". The Sledgehammer fight scene at the end is something new, and worth a look. Not much in the way of complicated plot, but Aikawa Show is always worth a look when he is shooting people, and even though Kane Kosugi isn't much of an actor, he knows how to throw an impressive kick. And keep an eye out for Takenaka Naoto, who plays a greasy street bookie - I swear that guy is in every Japanese movie ever made...


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