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

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Cast

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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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Osaka, Japan. A cop on the edge. A conspiracy on 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)  »

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Lluvia negra  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$45,645,204 (USA)
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Trivia

The "Yakuza" are the Japanese mafia. This is one of first American and Hollywood feature films to feature them, others being Armed Response (1986), The Challenge (1982) and The Yakuza (1974). In Japanese cinema, there is an entire genre of "Yakuza Film" which are very popular with audiences. See more »

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The orientation of the shotgun after Sugai's bodyguard tosses it to Nick. See more »

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Sugai: I was 10 when the B-29 came. My family lived underground for three days. We when came up the city was gone. Then the heat brought rain. Black rain. You made the rain black, and shoved your values down our throats. We forgot who we were. You created Sato and thousands like him. I'm paying you back.
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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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LASER MAN
Written and Performed by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto
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Uneven and clichéd
6 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have never been able to warm up to BLACK RAIN, a cliché-ridden 80s cop thriller. Michael Douglas, who by 1989 was a big Hollywood star with a mullet, plays a crooked cop who escorts a Yakuza home to Japan after witnessing the guy kill two people. His partner Andy Garcia is along for the ride. As soon as they touch down in Tokyo, they lose the killer and the chase is on. Soon enough, they are teamed up with a by-the-book Japanese detective, played by the doleful Ken Takakura. The problem with the movie is, it is shot MTV-style and we are all over the place with this one, rarely sitting still long enough to catch our collective breath. You'd think Tony, not Ridley, shot this one. Douglas is fine and basically carries the movie, and Garcia is believable as a naive, fresh-faced youngster who lacks Douglas' street smarts. The bad guys are stock characters and just not that interesting. In the end, too much chasing around without much of a payoff will have worn most viewers out long before the final scene.


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