Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989 USA)

bronson 1I’m quaking in my boots. Don’t laugh. Talk about kinky…there are scenes here that might just make you’re nose bleed. After Death Wish 6: The Final Solution finished off that elegant series with a body count only Ted Bundy could have dreamed of, Charlie Bronson jetted off to Tokyo. Maybe the Japanese wouldn’t notice old stone face looked 103. Give or take a year.

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 utter crapfests. This is the last movie that Charles Bronson made before the death of his second wife, actress Jill Ireland. At 68 and with a string of mediocre action thrillers littering his 1980s output, this sleazy cop flick turned out to be one of his better efforts of that strange decade. Bronson plays vice detective Crowe, a racist veteran of the force who has grown weary of seeing the scum of Los Angeles dragging innocent children into prostitution and drugs.

bronson   (Move over Hitler, this is what they call goose stepping!)

A parallel storyline follows visiting Japanese businessman Hiroshi Hada (James Pax) who struggles to adapt to American values and soon after arriving loses his young daughter to slimy pimp Duke (Juan Fernandez). Crowe has already had run-ins with Duke, so when he is assigned to find Hada’s daughter, the stories merge with tragic results. Bronson is still trim and performs well as Crowe, with several good action sequences. Largely maligned as an actor because he underplayed his leading roles, Bronson always fit this type of role because you could believe that he actually does the things he is portraying. There is a nice little scene involving an ethnic event where Crowe vents his frustration on some startled Japanese that speaks volumes about character motivation. (He effing hates the nips, there I said it)

Juan Fernandez is exceptional as Duke and makes his character truly evil. Veteran British director J. Lee Thompson does a fair job of keeping the movie plugging along and has a great set piece at the end of the film involving a crane and crashing automobiles. The subject matter isn’t as exploited as it could have been, but it’s still pretty rough and loaded with nudity and violence. Bronson fans won’t be disappointed and even non-fans may enjoy it. I mean, there’s groping scenes on subway trains and everything. Charlie even gets to commit a gay rape with a dildo and shit. Try slipping this one into your grandparents Christmas stocking and you will definitely get a WTF? reaction! Just blame it on Satan…I mean Santa.

screenshot26370  (Never mind the U.N. This is Race Relations Bronson-style)

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