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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.

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Shigeru Kôyama ...
Ohashi (as Shigeru Koyama)
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Oliver
Guts Ishimatsu ...
Katayama
Yûya Uchida ...
Nashida
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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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Storyline

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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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lluvia negra  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$46,212,055

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$134,212,055
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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The exterior of Sugai's house was the Ennis-Brown House, which is situated at 2655 Glendower Avenue, Los Feliz in Los Angeles, California. Director Ridley Scott had previously used the dwelling for Deckard's apartment complex in Blade Runner (1982). See more »

Goofs

The motorcycles are clearly small capacity (125, 250 or so) single cylinder trials bikes, probably two-strokes, but they produce the roar of a four-cylinder liter-size street racer. As part of the Yakuza initiation, new members will alter their bike to make as much noise as possible. They are then required to ride up and down a particular stretch of road revving their engine. See more »

Quotes

Sato: [taunting Nick in English] Here I am, Nick! Here! Almost as near as when you let Charlie die, huh?
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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 Mr. Baseball (1992) See more »

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KASA ODORI
Recorded by Mary Evans
From the album "Traditional Folk Dances of Japan"
Courtesy of TRF Production Music Libraries
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Ridley Scott's Most Underrated Film
18 July 2001 | by 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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