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Muscle Heat (2002)

Masuuruhiito (original title)
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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Joe Jinno
Shô Aikawa ...
Det. Aguri Katsuragi
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Rai Kenjin
Misato Tachibana ...
Akane Katsuragi
Noboru Kaneko ...
Ken
Ikkei Watanabe ...
Asakura
Joe Li ...
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Ken Lo ...
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Shinya Hashimoto ...
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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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Masaya Kato was originally to have spoken Japanese in the film. However, as filming progressed, he learned that his character would be speaking more English and Cantonese than his native Japanese. In all his scenes with Kane Kosugi, Masaya speaks English. See more »

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Rai Kenjin: [seeing Joe for the first time] Hey! Who are you? Are you Japanese? Hmmm. You must be an American.
[to his men]
Rai Kenjin: Doesn't matter. Kill him.
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Good Showcase for Kane
31 August 2003 | by (www.nixflix.com) – See all my reviews

MUSCLE HEAT was dead on arrival. The film offers up one of those cheap tournament fighting storylines popular in the late '80s and '90s, but really does nothing for the moviegoing public nowadays. The film's biggest draw is its star, Kane Shosugi, who is quite a good martial artist. His action scenes outside the ring are impressive, but once he enters the tournament, all the fighting becomes tedious and repetitive. More action sequences in the real world would have been a better way to go.

As it stands, MUSCLE HEAT isn't a complete failure. I'd like to see more from Shosugi, preferably in a better environment, with a better story. Action films are fine, but there's something to be said for falling back on tiresome genres like the whole tournament thing.

5 out of 10

(go to www.nixflix.com for a more detailed review of this movie and reviews of other foreign films)


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