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Black Rain (1989)

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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, ... See full summary »

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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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An American Cop in Japan. Their country. Their laws. Their game. His rules. 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

According to the audio-commentary on the dvd for Paul Schrader's Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985), Ridley Scott vowed never to shoot in Japan again due to high cost and excessive bureaucratic wrangling that was incurred during location filming there. See more »

Goofs

In the police station, Masahiro holds the telephone receiver in his left hand. In the next shot, in the background, he is holding it in his right hand. 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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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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