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Black Rain (1989)

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

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Sato
Shigeru Kôyama ...
Ohashi (as Shigeru Koyama)
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Oliver
Guts Ishimatsu ...
Katayama
Yûya Uchida ...
Nashida
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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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22 September 1989 (USA)  »

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Lluvia negra  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$45,645,204 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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This 1989 picture features veteran Japanese actor Tomisaburô Wakayama who portrayed Sugai. The movie was one of his final films, Wakayama passing away just a few years later in 1992. See more »

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In the beginning of the movie when Conklin races the other motorcycle, they shift to a higher gear about 15 times with a 5 gear bike. With that many gears on the back end, they would have been going about 300 MPH. See more »

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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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BACK TO LIFE (JAM ON THE GROOVE MIX)
By Jazzie B (as Beresford Romeo), Simon Law and Nellee Hooper (as Paul Hooper)
Performed by Soul II Soul, featuring Caron Wheeler
Produced by Jazzie B (as Jazzie B.) and Nellee Hooper for Silent Productions
Courtesy of 10 Records, Ltd.
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Ridley Scott's Most Underrated Film
18 July 2001 | by (United States) – 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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