Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989)

Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989)

Taglines: A cop full of hatred can’t work by the book.

Hiroshi Hada, a Japanese businessman in a troubled marriage, sees a woman being groped in a crowded Tokyo subway. He is fascinated by the fact that she moans silently, involuntarily orgasms, but does not cry out or let people know she is being sexually molested. When Hada is transferred to Los Angeles, he has too much to drink at a business party and tries to imitate what he saw by groping a Caucasian school girl while riding a crowded bus. But unlike the Japanese woman that Hada saw in Japan, the American girl screams. Hada runs away, but is robbed and beaten by a mugger. Meanwhile, several innocent Asian men are beaten by bystanders who suspect that one of them is the man who groped the girl.

The girl happens to be Rita Crowe, the daughter of an LAPD vice-squad detective, Lt. Crowe (Bronson), an officer with a strong sense of justice who is very protective of her. Shortly afterward, Fumiko, Hiroshi Hada’s daughter, is kidnapped into a child prostitution ring led by the infamous ‘Pimp-King’ Duke. Crowe, who has developed a general dislike to the Japanese due to his daughter’s incident, is assigned against his will to find the girl. His feelings about Japanese people start to change when he realizes that the Hadas care about their daughter as intensely as he cares for his daughter.

Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989) is an action/drama film starring Charles Bronson and directed by J. Lee Thompson. Being Thompson’s final film, it was the last project he and Bronson did together — a long and famed Hollywood collaboration. The word “Kinjite” translates to English as “forbidden”, hinting at the subject matter. The movie marks the ninth and final collaboration between Bronson and director J. Lee Thompson. Beginning with the movie St. Ives in 1976, their partnership spanned nearly thirteen years.

Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects Movie Poster (1989)

Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989)

Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Starring: Charles Bronson, Juan Fernández, Perry Lopez, James Pax, Peggy Lipton, Sy Richardson, Nicole Eggert, Amy Hathaway, Michelle Wong, Gerald Castillo
Screenplay by: Harold Nebenzal
Cinematography by: Gideon Porath
Film Editing by: Mary E. Jochem, Peter Lee-Thompson
Costume Design by: Michael W. Hoffman
Set Decoration by: Mel Cooper
Art Direction by: Whitney Brooke Wheeler
Music by: Greg De Belles
Distributed by: Cannon Films
Release Date: February 3, 1989