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Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989)

A brutal Los Angeles police Lt. is determined to bust up an organization that forces underage girls into prostitution.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writer:

Harold Nebenzal
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Lieutenant Crowe
Perry Lopez ... Eddie Rios
Juan Fernández ... Duke (as Juan Fernandez)
James Pax ... Hiroshi Hada
Peggy Lipton ... Kathleen Crowe
Sy Richardson ... Lavonne
Marion Yue Marion Yue ... Mr. Kazuko Hada (as Marion Kodama Yue)
Bill McKinney ... Father Burke
Gerald Castillo Gerald Castillo ... Captain Tovar
Nicole Eggert ... DeeDee
Amy Hathaway ... Rita Crowe
Kumiko Hayakawa Kumiko Hayakawa ... Fumiko Hada
Michelle Wong Michelle Wong ... Setsuko Hada
Sam Chew Jr. Sam Chew Jr. ... McLane
Sumant Sumant ... Pakistani Hotel Clerk
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Storyline

A Tokyo businessman (Hiroshi Hada), transferred to L.A, molests a teenage girl on a train. It turns out that the girl is the daughter of a vice cop. But in one of those plot twists that can only occur in the movies, the cop is assigned to find the businessman's own daughter who has been kidnapped and forced into a teen prostitution ring. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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A cop full of hatred can't work by the book. See more »


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apagorevmenoi karpoi See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,029,058, 5 February 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,416,846
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Production Co:

Golan-Globus Productions See more »
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Stereo | Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although credited as the sole writer, Harold Nebenzal's script was rewritten before filming by producer Pancho Kohner and director J. Lee Thompson to make the material more like a Charles Bronson movie. See more »

Goofs

When Crowe and Rios take the elevator up to Duke's apartment, he clearly pressed the down button. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Crowe: Now, that's justice.
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References Los lavaderos (1986) See more »

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My Baby Anyway
Music and Lyrics by Greg De Belles (as Greg DeBelles)
Performed by Lisa Raggio
Courtesy of CD Music, Inc.
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A Diet Of Rolex
24 August 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When great director/actor combinations are talked about the team of J. Lee Thompson and Charles Bronson is not usually mentioned. Probably because the output of nine joint ventures between the two of them runs the gamut from the really good action entertainment to the mediocre. Unfortunately Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects falls in the latter.

That's sad because Kinjite could have been a whole lot better. But for the life of me I don't understand why it was necessary to make the father of the missing Japanese girl, a guy used to getting some cheap jollies because the romance in his marriage has run out. That might have been good for another film altogether, but it served no purpose here.

A straightforward cop drama with Charles Bronson as a vice cop who's seen a bit too much in his line of work and has a strong prejudice against orientals. That part could also have used a little explaining as well. But he's going to have to overcome it if he and patient partner Perry Lopez are going to locate a captured Japanese school girl.

Bronson's time in the vice squad have told him exactly where to look for the kidnapper. A stylish, murderous pimp played by Jaime Fernandez is the guy and he and Bronson have some history. In fact in the film's best scene, Bronson made him eat an expensive rolex watch and set his car on fire.

At one point Fernandez happens to spot Bronson and Lopez in an all night delicatessen and this being after his rolex snack, he sprays the place with an Uzi killing everyone, but Bronson and Lopez. I really think that little incident would have had more than a couple vice cops from the LAPD after Fernandez. But that's another terribly big hole in the plot.

Still there is a very rough justice in the end for Fernandez. I wish the whole film had been better though. This was the last film of the Bronson-Thompson team and J. Lee Thompson's last as a director. He should have gone out with something better.


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