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Kinjite - Forbidden Subjects (1989)

Charles Bronson , Juan Fernández , J. Lee Thompson  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charles Bronson, Juan Fernández, Perry Lopez, James Pax, Peggy Lipton
  • Directors: J. Lee Thompson
  • Writers: Harold Nebenzal
  • Producers: Menahem Golan, Pancho Kohner, Patricia G. Payró, Richard Driscoll, Yoram Globus
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007GZRG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,515 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kinjite - Forbidden Subjects" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Action superstar Charles Bronson (Death Wish, Breakheart Pass) is at his two-fisted best in this gritty, action-packed thriller about a cop hellbent on wiping out a vicious child prostitution ring. Lt. Crowe (Bronson) is a veteran LA vice cop who nearly goes berserk after his young daughter is molested by an unidentified Asian man. As he battles his own racial prejudices and feelings of rage, Crowe is ordered to hunt down a brutal pimp who has kidnapped the daughter of a Japanese businessman. Hindered by police force superiors, Crowe is pushed into a personal war of vengeance, pitting himself against a savage urban empire of drugs and sexual depravity.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A crude but revealing picture to watch! March 26, 2007
After the demolishing success of Death Wish, Charles Bronson in his accustomed style of elegant roughness, makes a convincing role as a detective who has to face with a gang who exploits teen girls to prostitution. The script is credible and shows us the dark side of the moon. Bitter and dark humor are intermingled with the expected doses of violence in these usual cases, but the result is satisfactory.

If you realize the last sequence you will understand you agree with Bronson in that sardonic smile. eye for eye.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Bronson's best May 14, 2009
I remember when Kinjite first came out. It received harsh reviews from the Beavis and Butthead of snob reviewers(no names know who they are). When I finally saw it I liked it. Of course it's not perfect but what movie under Golan and Globus is? Plus they trashed the movie because of the subject matter but the subject matter happens in real life.

Plot: LT Crowe(Charles Bronson) goes out of his way to bust a child prostitution ring. He ends up furious after his daughter is molested by an Asian man. He later has to help an Asian man find his own daughter after she was kidnapped. Here is a twist: the same man Crowe has to help molested Crowe's daughter.

The storyline is what keeps the movie interesting. The action scenes are kept to a minimum and Charles Bronson had some pretty funny lines. The main reason why I like Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects is that you can tell that there was an effort to make it work. It wasn't your typical Charles Bronson fare and that made it appealing. My biggest gripe with the film is that the same guy that molested Crowe's daughter is never dealt with. That just doesn't sit too well with me but other than that it was a good movie.

Its easy to slam this movie based on a subject matter that repulses most people but that isnt being fair. Child prostitution is a reality so bashing a movie for showing a reality is pretty damn stupid. But what can you expect from the same critics that gave Speed 2: Booze Control two thumbs up? If you love the late Charles Bronson's movies than you cant go wrong with Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects. Its better than the weak link of the Death Wish series.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Paaarrrrrty......Don't Let Your Momma Know! March 3, 2003
This is an extremely ugly film. Extremely ugly. I'm surprised that Bronson himself wasn't a little leery about doing this. This film shows us an all too real, filthy business that goes on right under our noses, in many cities throughout the world: Child prostitution. My only gripe with this film is that the problem is there, but the film doesn't seem to have any message or solution, but merely uses child prostitution as new subject matter for a Bronson action flick. This makes the film seem much, much sleazier because the subject matter is treated so cheaply. I mean, I cannot believe the stuff that happens to the young Japanese girl in the film! But all in all I like to view this film in the mindset that I view all Bronson films, and that makes it much more enjoyable. I give this four stars alone for the scene where Bronson makes a pimp swallow his wristwatch, then casually sets fire to his car. I'm not sure if I've ever laughed harder. He does have some great lines too. There's a great scene where he storms in on a porno film being shot and just beats the snot out of everyone. Bronson's about 70 years old here! It's great! Do I recommend? Yes, just know what you're going to see in this. The only solution this movie has to this horrible problem is that you can kill a pimp with a giant claw hanging from a crane.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pronounced: Kin-ji-tae March 12, 2004
By Tuco
While being a film of questionable subject matter, this is not a badly made film. Cinematography, editing, score and performances were a bit above average for Bronsons later flicks. I do find it strange that Bronson would take on such a distatseful premise for a plot. Not a whole lot of action in ths one, more of a 'cop investigates crime' plot than the 'blow away punks' that we're used to.

This film is mostly for Bronson addicts and completeists. Before watching this one, just make sure that you've seen The Stone Killer, Hard Times, all the Death Wish, Breakout, From Noon till Three, Violent City, The Mechanic and Mr. Majestyk first.

Remember, Bronson was never bad, just in bad films...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rising sun: The Archie Bunker Version January 18, 2009
Offering a killer combo of terrible writing, terrible acting and terrible direction, it's a tossup whether Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects is offensively bad or just hilariously bad. It's almost as if someone ran a competition to make the sleaziest, seediest Cannon film. As if a glance at a cast list including characters like 'Lesbian Pedophile,' 'Perverted Gentleman,' 'Porno Actress' weren't enough, it's your only chance to see Charles Bronson's cop throw a lowlife on a bed and grab a sex toy - but don't worry, it's okay, as the offscreen screams make clear he's only torturing him for information. After all, even if he is a bit overprotective of his nice Catholic daughter, he's a nice Catholic cop who regularly brings local Catholic priest William O'Connell a packed lunch and who believes in poetic justice - or at least ensuring that the bad guys end up in the slammer with the horniest inmates maximum security can provide to give them a taste of their own medicine. But then that's what you get for telling him "Look, I think you're a little bit unstable." Still, when later offered a bribe, he may snarl "I'd like to shove this up your a**, but I don't want to get my hands dirty," he's clearly learned where to draw the line: instead, he just makes him eat a $25,000 watch and sets fire to his Cadillac. The anal obsession even follows through to the film's title: despite the poster featuring a naked Japanese girl on a porn film set, the film's only direct example of Kinjite/forbidden subjects, as Alex Hyde White's English teacher explains to a group of Japanese businessmen, is, er talking about your bowel movements in polite society. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Bronson Great
Death Wish star, Charles Bronson stars in this 80s dramatic action film, taking the role of Lt. Crowe.

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Published 1 month ago by Kane's Review
1.0 out of 5 stars Detective Crowe goes after a Mexican pimp after young girls.
Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989). Rated "R". Running Time: One Hour, 37 mins.
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Published 4 months ago by James McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE Charles Bronson
As a fan of Charles Bronson, I enjoyed his acting in Forbidden Subjects. He has a very moderate way of displaying Good conclusions and Attacking Bad guys.
Published 5 months ago by Socrates
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Bronson Bash flick
Action superstar Charles Bronson (Death Wish, Breakheart Pass) is at his 2-fisted best in this gritty, action-packed thriller about a cop hellbent on wiping out a vicious child... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Taheen Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic Justice
Charles Bronson never fails to make a good movie (my opinion).
This one intrigued me years ago and I am glad I added it to my collection.
Published 10 months ago by Sue Ratelle
2.0 out of 5 stars Bland Charles Bronson Drama, Falls Flat
Death Wish 5 is better than this for goodness sakes. It abandons storylines and characters at the end of the film, the other main character leaves the film near the end, has two... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Zach
5.0 out of 5 stars GIft for friend - they loved it and it arrived early
My friend loved this movie and it arrived earlier than expected. Great purchase! Not much else to say but my friends were very satisfied and happy with it
Published on October 12, 2011 by Cinda Carbone
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Death Wish style film with Charles Bronson (nee' Burchinski)...
In this movie about the Charles 'Death Wish'
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Published on January 8, 2010 by Rich The Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the BEST MOVIE EVER -- We need more Charles Bronsons in real...
I'm sure that the subject disturbs a lot of men whom, well, would rather see it legalized to have relations with kids. Read more
Published on November 13, 2009 by _Amazon_Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Standard 80's Action flick--No plot, lots of Violence
If you want a good laugh or two, then this is the movie for you. The acting is chessy, the violence is plentiful and best of all the plot is nonexistent, so you can sit back relax... Read more
Published on May 10, 2008 by Wrench
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