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Film: Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects

Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects is a 1989 film starring Charles Bronson. The film is the final movie J. Lee Thompson directed.

Bronson plays another renegade cop out for vigilante justice on the mean streets. Lt. Crowe's target is Duke, a ruthless pimp who runs a child prostitution ring. This scumbag likes to kidnap teenage girls, rape them, hook them on drugs and put them out on the street. Because of Duke's slick craftiness and the fact that potential witnesses are unwilling to testify, Crowe is having a hard time taking him down. Duke's latest victim is a Japanese businessman's young daughter, who Crowe has been assigned to rescue.

Crowe, like many of Bronson's other characters, gets so fed up with Duke's actions that he takes the law into his own hands, firebombing the pimp's car and forcing him to eat his own $25,000 watch before issuing an ultimatum: quit the business now, or else. Duke, naturally, isn't inclined to do what Crowe says and continues his vile trade, which sets the stage for a violent confrontation.

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Tropes in this film:

  • Big Bad: Duke
  • Cowboy Cop: Lt. Crowe
  • Prison Rape: The ending.
    Crowe: Now that's justice.
    Poetic justice (it's a Karmic Rape)
  • Soft Water: Subverted when Crowe and his Partner drop one of Duke's henchmen off the balcony he dies when he lands in the swimming pool.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: The film is used as a culture dissonance moment when a Japanese man who's been transferred to his company's Los Angeles office is riding the bus. Said girl happens to be Crowe's daughter. Whoops.
  • Troubled Sympathetic Bigot: One of Crowe's main flaws is his racism toward Asians in general, which he ultimately has to swallow in order to rescue the businessman's daughter.
  • Vigilante Man: Bronson was good at playing these, and this film is no exception.

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alternative title(s): Kinjite Forbidden Subjects
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