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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

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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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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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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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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lluvia negra  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$45,645,204 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

"Black Rain" is also an alternate title of the 1970s Peter Weir Australian film The Last Wave (1977), which was renamed "Black Rain" for distribution in the USA. Of course, the two films have nothing in common. See more »

Goofs

Though the movie takes place in Osaka, Japan's second city, none of the Japanese characters speak in the Osaka dialect. Rather, they all speak the standardized dialect, which is based on the Tokyo accent. Persons from Osaka would normally speak standard Japanese to somebody from another region, but it would be almost unheard of, in particular in the underworld, amongst people from Osaka. See more »

Quotes

Nick Conklin: If you pull it, you better use it.
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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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Featured in Black Rain: Post-Production (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

LIVING ON THE EDGE OF THE NIGHT
By Jay Rifkin and Eric Rackin
Performed by Iggy Pop
Produced by Don Was
Iggy Pop performs courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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Good, but not that good.
24 August 1999 | by (Forest Row, England.) – See all my reviews

Black Rain is an absolutely gorgeous movie to look at. And for the most part it's highly entertaining and well acted - the guy playing Sato is brilliantly menacing. But occasionally, very occasionally, it descends into either complete predictability or downright cheesiness. A motorbike chase, well, that's a surprise! And that award ceremony right near the end - why? It's totally irrelevant, feel good factor nonsense - the sort of stuff you get with bog standard action movies. And this is not bog standard, and not really an action movie. Certainly underrated and deserving of a better audience than it has received, but ultimately let down by a few lapses in quality.


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