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Black Rain (1989)

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


Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shigeru Kôyama ...
Ohashi (as Shigeru Koyama)
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Frankie (as Luis Guzman)
The Kid (as John A. Costelloe)


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 »


Action | Crime | Thriller


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Release Date:

22 September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lluvia negra  »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,677,102, 24 September 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Second of two consecutive thriller movies directed by Ridley Scott. The first film had been 1987's Someone to Watch Over Me (1987). See more »


Right after the Stakeout scene, the woman is seen walking away. The scene the cuts from a fishing port in Osaka to what is suppose to be the Osaka City Center area. If you look closely at the signs in the city scene, You would be able to tell that the location was switched to Kobe. See more »


Det. Charlie Vincent: What is this, a conspiracy to ruin my evening?
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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 »


Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Breakthrough Stars of 1991 (1991) See more »


Written and Performed by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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User Reviews

Justice Falls Like Black Rain
21 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Black Rain is hands down the best cop movie ever made! And I'm not saying that just because I like it. The cinematography and even the costumes were phenomenal and couldn't have been any better. Whoever did the casting for this movie earned their pay and then some. You couldn't have found better actors anywhere in the world. This is Michael Douglas at his best as New York Detective Nick Conklin, a macho yet streetwise cop after a coldblooded Yakuza killer all the way from the back alleys of Manhattan to the streets of Japan. Andy Garcia also gives a tour-de-force performance as Douglas's partner Charley Vincent and gives the movie some extra humor. There some great one liners here. I even like Kate Capshaw as Conklin's friend and love interest. Sato Kogei, the bad guy, is played brilliantly and almost effortlessly by Yusako Matsuda. Why haven't I ever seen this guy in anything else? Definitely one of my top ten best villains to grace the silver screen. Also look for Ken Takakura as Masahiro Matsamodo the stubborn and by the book police officer who befriends Douglas and Garcia and helps them chase Matsuda (Takakura was also in Mr. Baseball). Sato's rival Sugai Kenyo gives a stunningly great performance as well as the old time crime boss. Anyways if you haven't seen this film go out and get it like I did and make it part of your collection. Its great viewing, timeless and worth every penny. You won't regret it.

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