The genre of Charles Bronson vigilante movie meets 1980s Japan-phobia and ham-handed exploitation of social issues, Cannon Films style, in Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects. It's one of those Golan-Globus movies that tries to address racism but turns ridiculously offensive in the process. After the movie introduces Japanese society as an alien culture dominated by girl-fondling perverts (this behavior, we're told, is one of their "forbidden subjects"), Bronson's bigotry deepens when his daughter is fondled on a bus by a Japanese businessman. Then he must overcome his prejudices to rescue a Japanese schoolgirl -- the daughter of the same businessman -- from an evil white pimp, as the plot becomes steadily more cartoonish, unlikely, nasty, and full of holes. An unconvincing scene in which Bronson's wooden avenger supposedly softens in his feelings for Asians must be seen to be believed.
by John Gonsalves review