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Black Rain (1989)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  22 September 1989 (USA)
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Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. In Japan, ... See full summary »

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Yûsaku Matsuda ...
Sato
Shigeru Kôyama ...
Ohashi (as Shigeru Koyama)
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Oliver
Guts Ishimatsu ...
Katayama
Yûya Uchida ...
Nashida
Tomisaburô Wakayama ...
Sugai
Miyuki Ono ...
Miyuki
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Frankie (as Luis Guzman)
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The Kid (as John A. Costelloe)
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Berg
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Crown
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Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. In Japan, however, he manages to escape. As they try to track him down, they get deeper and deeper into the Japanese Mafia scene and they have to learn that they can only win by playing the game the Japanese way. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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An American Cop in Japan. Their country. Their laws. Their game. His rules. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Release Date:

22 September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lluvia negra  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$45,645,204 (USA)
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Trivia

"Black Rain", according to Wikipedia, refers to "nuclear fallout, known as black rain by survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki" in Japan, which Sugai (Tomisaburô Wakayama) mentions in one of the last scenes. The phrase's use here was figurative and referential whereas its use in the same-title film Black Rain (1989), also from 1989, was literal, its use literally dealing with nuclear fallout. See more »

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Obvious stunt double for Conklin during the motorcycle chase near the end of the film. See more »

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Nick Conklin: A couple of guys I used to work with in the department took some money from some drug dealers. No big deal.
Matsumoto Masahiro: They stole?
Nick Conklin: They liberated funds.
Matsumoto Masahiro: Theft is theft. There is no gray area.
Nick Conklin: Hey Matsu, New York is one big gray area.
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THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO
By Bobby Rogers (as Robert Rogers) and Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson)
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Courtesy of Virgin Records, Ltd.
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Ridley Scott's Most Underrated Film
18 July 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Black Rain (1989) Starring Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia.

Running Time: 125 min. Rated R

Black Rain stars Michael Douglas(Wall Street, Falling Down) and Andy Garcia(The Untouchables, Desperate Measures) as Detectives Nick Conklin and Charlie Vincent. One day while eating lunch at a local diner, they witness a horrific mob killing. The twist is that the killer is a dangerous gangster named Sato(Yusaku Matsuda) from Japan who is also wanted their for various other crimes. Soon after, a chase ensues and Sato is captured. The police tell Nick and Charlie that he must be returned to Japan in order to be prosecuted. When they finally get to Japan, the police there are very generous in accepting Sato, only they're not the police, they're Sato's thugs in disguise. So Nick and Charlie must go after him, but because they are foreigners, no one will help them in their investigation and they must also accept a new partner (Ken Takakura).

Filmed on location in Tokyo, Japan, Ridley Scott, who also directed Alien(1979), Blade Runner(1982) and Gladiator(2000) sets up a really dark tone for, much as he does in most of his films.

It's also surprising how low the rating is for this movie. It's a classic like so many other of Scott's films.

10/10


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