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Black Rain (1989)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  22 September 1989 (USA)
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Two NYC cops arrest a Yakuza member and must escort him when he's extradited to Japan.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yûsaku Matsuda ...
Shigeru Kôyama ...
Ohashi (as Shigeru Koyama)
Guts Ishimatsu ...
Yûya Uchida ...
Tomisaburô Wakayama ...
Miyuki Ono ...
Frankie (as Luis Guzman)
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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 <>

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Osaka, Japan. A cop on the edge. A conspiracy on the rise. A killer on the loose. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller


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Release Date:

22 September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lluvia negra  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)


$45,645,204 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints) (4 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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According to the audio-commentary on the dvd for Paul Schrader's Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985), Ridley Scott vowed never to shoot in Japan again due to high cost and excessive bureaucratic wrangling that was incurred during location filming there. See more »


Nick has more ice than scotch in his glass when he proposes a toast to "those gala crime fighters from internal affairs division." In the next shot when he takes a sip, however, there is more scotch than ice. See more »


Nick Conklin: Just hope they got a Nip in this building who speaks fucking English.
Matsumoto Masahiro: [overhearing] Assistant Inspector Matsumoto Masahiro, Criminal Investigation section, Osaka Prefecture police. And I do speak fucking English.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits begin with a Japanese kanji, which can be translated as "complete" or "end" and is sometimes used at the end of Japanese films. See more »


Referenced in Karate Blazers (1991) See more »


Performed by Ensemble Nipponia
From the album "Japanese Traditional Vocal & Instrumental Music"
Produced by David Lewiston
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Douglas and Garcia go to Tokyo to take on mob
2 September 2000 | by (PA USA) – See all my reviews

Douglas, as a tough american detective and his partner played superbly by Andy Garcia chase down a murder suspect on his home turf- Tokyo An excellent movie that explores the culture shock felt by Douglas on his chase and the bureaucracy that tries to stop him..this violent tension filled film is not for the young ones but provides loads of action from the director of Blade Runner.. on a scale of one to ten... a 7

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