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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.


Ten Shimoyama


Ushio Higushi (story), Kongoh (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Credited cast:
Kane Kosugi ... Joe Jinno
Shô Aikawa ... Det. Aguri Katsuragi
Masaya Katô ... Rai Kenjin
Misato Tachibana Misato Tachibana ... Akane Katsuragi
Noboru Kaneko Noboru Kaneko ... Ken
Ikkei Watanabe Ikkei Watanabe ... Asakura
Joe Li Joe Li ... Rai Kenkyo (as Joe Lee)
Ken Lo ... Lee (as Kenneth Low)
Shinya Hashimoto Shinya Hashimoto ... Muscle Dome Wrestler A
Noriko Watanabe Noriko Watanabe ... Ryoko Tachibana
Yoshihiro Takayama Yoshihiro Takayama ... Muscle Dome Wrestler B
Naoto Takenaka ... Tajima, the Street Better
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Baldwin Robert Baldwin
Baiken Jukkanji Baiken Jukkanji
Setsutan Oh 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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Did You Know?


Ken Lo nearly suffered paralysis during his fight scene against Kane Kosugi when he was smacked against a metal cage on a wire. After 5 minutes of motionless, Lo was okay and continued shooting the fight scene. See more »


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 NIXFLIX-DOT-COMSee 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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26 October 2002 (Japan) See more »

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Tokyo, Japan

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