Kinjite (1989)

R | 97 mins | Adventure | 3 February 1989

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writer:

Harold Nebenzal

Producer:

Pancho Kohner

Cinematographer:

Gideon Porath

Production Designer:

W. Brooke Wheeler

Production Company:

Cannon Films
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HISTORY

Although the 11 May 1988 Var production chart reported that principal photography would begin on 31 May 1988, the start was delayed until 13 Jun 1988, according to the 5 Jul 1988 HR production chart, which listed locations in Los Angeles, CA. The later referred to the film with the following subtitle: Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects.
       End credits state: “Special thanks to: Los Angeles Cobras Arena Football Club and the Arena Football League," and, "Dozar Office Furniture and Art Wood Desk Design [and] JVC.” ... More Less

Although the 11 May 1988 Var production chart reported that principal photography would begin on 31 May 1988, the start was delayed until 13 Jun 1988, according to the 5 Jul 1988 HR production chart, which listed locations in Los Angeles, CA. The later referred to the film with the following subtitle: Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects.
       End credits state: “Special thanks to: Los Angeles Cobras Arena Football Club and the Arena Football League," and, "Dozar Office Furniture and Art Wood Desk Design [and] JVC.” More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jul 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Feb 1989
p. 6, 12.
Los Angeles Times
3 Feb 1989
p. 11.
New York Times
4 Feb 1989
p. 17.
Variety
11 May 1988.
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Variety
1 Feb 1989
p. 20.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
and
as "Duke"
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Cannon Entertainment, Inc. Presents
A Golan-Globus Production
A J. Lee Thompson Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Addl photog
Addl cam op
Addl cam op
Addl cam op
Addl cam asst
Addl cam asst
Addl cam asst
Addl cam asst
Addl cam asst
Addl cam asst
Addl cam asst
Addl cam asst
Addl cam asst
Addl 2d cam asst
Addl 2d cam asst
Addl 2d cam asst
Best boy elec
Addl gaffer
Addl best boy elec
Equip tech
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Addl key grip
Addl best boy grip
Still photog
Still photog
Cranes and dollys by
ART DIRECTORS
Asst art dir
Art dept coord
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
2d asst ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutting
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Asst set dec
On set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Prop master
Prop asst
Const coord
Carpenter
Carpenter
Scenic painter
Scenic painter
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
Costumer
MUSIC
Orig score by
Mus rec & co-prod
Mus coord
SOUND
Prod sd by
Sd mixer
Boom op
Supv sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Foley artist
Foley artist
ADR/Foley mixer
ADR/Foley rec
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff asst
Title des
Title des
Main titles and opticals
MAKEUP
Key makeup & hair
Asst makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Exec in charge of prod
Casting
Asst prod coord
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Scr supv
Prod auditor
Asst to prod
Asst auditor
Extra casting
Extra wrangler
Key prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Craft service
Post prod supv
Post prod supv
Post prod coord
Voice casting
Transportation coord
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation secy
Prod services and equip provided by
Air transportation to Japan provided by
Oldsmobile and Mercedes cars supplied by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stand-in
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Meotoshunju," written by Shosuke Ichikawa (JASRAC), courtesy of Nippon Columbia, Japan
"My Baby Anyway," music and lyrics by Greg DeBelles, performed by Lisa Raggio, courtesy of CD Music, Inc.
"Palazio Grande," written by Robert J. Walsh, courtesy of Screen Music
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SONGS
"Meotoshunju," written by Shosuke Ichikawa (JASRAC), courtesy of Nippon Columbia, Japan
"My Baby Anyway," music and lyrics by Greg DeBelles, performed by Lisa Raggio, courtesy of CD Music, Inc.
"Palazio Grande," written by Robert J. Walsh, courtesy of Screen Music
"Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 Slow Movement," courtesy of Music Fantastic.
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PERFORMER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Forbidden Subjects
Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects
Release Date:
3 February 1989
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 3 February 1989
Production Date:
began 13 June 1988.
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded in Ultra-Stereo®
Color
Lenses
Cameras and lenses by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
97
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29488
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Los Angeles, California, Police Lieutenant Crowe and his partner, Eddie Rios, watch as Duke, a pimp, drops an underage prostitute off in front of a hotel. After Duke drives away, the policemen burst into a hotel room to find the girl’s client whipping her with a rider’s crop. The man attacks Crowe, who easily beats him, then orders him to testify against Duke. When the man refuses, Crowe sodomizes him with a vibrator. In Tokyo, Japan, businessman Hiroshi Hada returns home drunk after a night of carousing in a bar with “Spa Girls.” He gets in a fight with his wife, Kazuko, who berates him for reading pornography, but Hiroshi complains her Christian education has made her prude. Hiroshi’s daughters hear the argument and teenager, Fumiko, tells her little sister, Setsuko, that their mother should be submissive to their father’s “needs.” The next day, Hiroshi sees an older businessman grope a young girl on the subway, and she seems to climax. At the office, he learns that he has been promoted to a job in Los Angeles. Meanwhile in California, Crowe takes his fifteen-year-old daughter, Rita, to a football game where he is spotted by Duke and his partner Lavonne. When Duke suggests Crowe use his daughter as a prostitute, Crowe shoves a plate of nachos in the pimp’s face. The next day, Crowe visits Father Burke, a priest who runs a halfway home for runaways. Burke tells him about Deedee, a girl who Duke ganged raped then forced her to work as a postitute. However, Deedee is too distraught to talk to police. ... +


In Los Angeles, California, Police Lieutenant Crowe and his partner, Eddie Rios, watch as Duke, a pimp, drops an underage prostitute off in front of a hotel. After Duke drives away, the policemen burst into a hotel room to find the girl’s client whipping her with a rider’s crop. The man attacks Crowe, who easily beats him, then orders him to testify against Duke. When the man refuses, Crowe sodomizes him with a vibrator. In Tokyo, Japan, businessman Hiroshi Hada returns home drunk after a night of carousing in a bar with “Spa Girls.” He gets in a fight with his wife, Kazuko, who berates him for reading pornography, but Hiroshi complains her Christian education has made her prude. Hiroshi’s daughters hear the argument and teenager, Fumiko, tells her little sister, Setsuko, that their mother should be submissive to their father’s “needs.” The next day, Hiroshi sees an older businessman grope a young girl on the subway, and she seems to climax. At the office, he learns that he has been promoted to a job in Los Angeles. Meanwhile in California, Crowe takes his fifteen-year-old daughter, Rita, to a football game where he is spotted by Duke and his partner Lavonne. When Duke suggests Crowe use his daughter as a prostitute, Crowe shoves a plate of nachos in the pimp’s face. The next day, Crowe visits Father Burke, a priest who runs a halfway home for runaways. Burke tells him about Deedee, a girl who Duke ganged raped then forced her to work as a postitute. However, Deedee is too distraught to talk to police. Crowe finds Duke and orders him to drive to a deserted lot. There, Duke attempts to bribe Crowe with a gold watch, but the lieutenant forces the thug to swallow the timepiece before setting fire to Duke’s new luxury car, prompting Duke to make death threats against Crowe. The following night, Duke and Lavonne spot Crowe and Eddie Rios at a restaurant and open fire with automatic rifles. Most of the staff and clientele are gunned down, but both policemen survive. Across town, a drunken Hiroshi Hada sees two girls on a bus. One is Rita Crowe, dressed in a Catholic School uniform, and he remembers the girl in the Tokyo subway. When he runs his hands up Rita’s skirt, she screams, and Hiroshi jumps off the bus at the next stop. Another man hears Rita say an “Oriental” touched her, and hits an innocent Asian teenager in retaliation. Hiroshi runs as a brawl breaks out, but he is mugged less than a block away from the bus stop, and beaten unconscious. Ashamed of his behavior, Hiroshi returns to his wife and makes love to her. When Kazuko asks why, after so many years, Hiroshi wants sex with her, he responds that he feels vulnerable in the U.S. Crowe is unable to control his emotions after hearing about Rita’s molestation, and seeks counsel from Father Burke. The priest believes Crowe is overreacting, and that the real source of his anger is the guilt he feels for being sexually attracted to his own daughter. Days later, Hiroshi’s daughter, Fumiko, is kidnapped by Duke while playing in a park. Duke takes the girl to his penthouse apartment, where he and a group of men take turns raping her. Crowe and Rios are assigned the case, and while questioning Hiroshi, the man weeps, certain that his innocent daughter has been kidnapped. Feeling guilty about his bigotry towards Asians, Crowe tells Rios they must find Fumiko, even if it means working “outside the system.” A few days later, they learn that Fumiko has been spotted at an expensive hotel. There, Crowe and Rios burst into a hotel room to find a pornographic movie being filmed and a table laden with cocaine. After a crewman punches Crowe, the policemen beat three men unconscious before calling for backup. However, Fumiko is not found there. Later, Father Burke arranges for Crowe to talk to Deedee. Surprisingly, instead of hating Duke, the girl claims he treated her better than her stepfather, who forced her to have sex with his poker friends. When Crowe explains that Fumiko’s life is different and she needs Deedee’s help, she gives him the address of Duke’s tailor. From there, Crowe follows to Duke home to his apartment. A security guard reveals Duke’s apartment number, but telephones the pimp, warning that police are on the way. Duke runs out the back and orders Lavonne to get Fumiko, but the girl locks herself inside a bedroom. Crowe and Rios break in, grab Lavonne, and dangle him off the balcony, demanding to know Duke’s whereabouts. Claiming ignorance, Lavonne slips from their grasps and falls to his death. As Rios finds a piece of paper that reads “Tampico, Long Beach,” Fumiko comes out of the bedroom and apologizes for causing the police so much trouble. Days later, Hiroshi and Kazuko arrive at Crowe’s home with a thank you present. Although Hiroshi and Rita recognize each other, they remain silent. Kazuko gives Crowe a poem written by Fumiko about a boat in the harbor, uncertain of its meaning. When the Hadas leave, Rita opens her present to find a Geisha doll. Across town, Fumiko is dressed identically as the doll. She injects herself with a drug, lies down on her bed and dies. Upon hearing the news, Crowe realizes the poem is a clue that Duke is hiding out on a yacht, and Rios suggests that ”Tampico, Long Beach” is the boat’s name. That night, Crowe and Rios arrive at the harbor. Duke sees them sitting in their car and orders a henchman to smash the vehicle with a crane. Rios is killed, but Crowe escapes. A gunfight ensues in which Crowe kills all of Duke’s men, including the crane operator. As Duke prepares to run Crowe over with his car, the rogue crane collides with him, knocking his vehicle into the harbor. Hearing Duke scream that he cannot swim, Crowe jumps into the water to save him. Later, he escorts Duke to prison and insists that “poetic justice” would not have been served if he let him drown. Duke is locked in a cell where an inmate informs him he is about to be raped. Walking away, Crowe smiles and states: “That’s justice.” +

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