Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects is a 1989 Cannon film starring Charles Bronson. The film is the final movie J. Lee Thompson directed and was one of Bronson's final film roles, the other one being the reprisal of his Paul Kersey role for the final film of the Death Wish series.
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.
Tropes in this film:
- Big Bad: Duke, a pimp specialized in exploiting innocent underage girls.
- The Chikan: Two Japanese businessmen discuss the subject after one of them witnesses a woman being groped on the subway who does not loudly protest, both regarding it as a form of sexual fetishism. Later one of them drunkenly attempts the same thing on a business trip in the United States, resulting in immediate retaliation.
- Cowboy Cop: Lt. Crowe
- Laser-Guided Karma: See above, that's the whole aesop of the film when it comes to child prostitution.
- Prison Rape: The ending.Crowe: Now that's justice.Poetic justice (it's a Karmic Rape)
- Seppuku: While Duke does get what's coming to him big time, the film ends on a dark note as the Japanese girl that Crowe saved from him does this to expiate the shame of having been raped.
- 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.