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Black Rain (1989)

Two NYC cops arrest a Yakuza member and must escort him when he's extradited to Japan.

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Sato
Shigeru Kôyama ...
Ohashi (as Shigeru Koyama)
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Oliver
Guts Ishimatsu ...
Katayama
Yûya Uchida ...
Nashida
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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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A cop on the edge, a conspiracy in the rise, a killer on the loose. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Release Date:

22 September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lluvia negra  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,677,102 (USA) (24 September 1989)

Gross:

$46,212,055 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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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 Kuroi ame (1989), also from 1989, was literal, its use literally dealing with nuclear fallout. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

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 »

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Referenced in Sai hak chin (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

SINGING IN THE SHOWER
By Ron Mael and Russell Mael
Performed by Les Rita Mitsouko and Sparks
Produced by Tony Visconti and Les Rita Mitsouko
Courtesy of Virgin France S.A.
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One of the Top Cop thrillers of the last century, supremely underrated.
13 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Micheal Douglas has always been, at least for me, one of the better actors to portray a cop on screen. Very believable, very real, he just has a natural feel for this type of role. I think its due to the fact he starred as one on TV in "The Streets of San Francisco". Everything blends in this cop thriller. It oozes style and panache. It also has an underlying emotional core that I think gets underrated by critics. Douglas as Nick Conklin has some fine moments playing off the characters played by Andy Garcia, Kate Capshaw and especially Ken Takakura. This movie combines excellent acting, gorgeous cinematography, great atmosphere, along with some solid action set pieces...and gets it right. Director Ridley Scott brings all his cinematic guns to bear and spins these elements into a definitive police action thriller. I loved this flick when I saw it in 1989 and I still do. It may not be as audacious as when it premiered, time has seen to that(ex.action scenes have really gone virtual reality)but it's still a respectable addition to your DVD library. And of that fact there is no gray area!


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