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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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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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mafia | japan | gang war | yakuza | psychopath | See more »

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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

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

Matsumoto Masahiro: "Perhaps you should think less of yourself and more of your group, try to work like in Japanese. I grew up with your soldiers; you were wise then. Now - music and movies are all America is good for. We make the machines, we build the future, we won the peace.
Nick Conklin: "And if there was ONE of you guys who had an original idea, you'd be so tight that you couldn't even pull it out of your ass!"
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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 Snake Eyes (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO
By Bobby Rogers (as Robert Rogers) and Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson)
Performed by UB40
Produced by UB40
Courtesy of Virgin Records, Ltd.
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One of the Top Cop thrillers of the last century, supremely underrated.
13 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Micheal Douglas has always been, at least for me, one of the better actors to portray a cop on screen. Very believable, very real, he just has a natural feel for this type of role. I think its due to the fact he starred as one on TV in "The Streets of San Francisco". Everything blends in this cop thriller. It oozes style and panache. It also has an underlying emotional core that I think gets underrated by critics. Douglas as Nick Conklin has some fine moments playing off the characters played by Andy Garcia, Kate Capshaw and especially Ken Takakura. This movie combines excellent acting, gorgeous cinematography, great atmosphere, along with some solid action set pieces...and gets it right. Director Ridley Scott brings all his cinematic guns to bear and spins these elements into a definitive police action thriller. I loved this flick when I saw it in 1989 and I still do. It may not be as audacious as when it premiered, time has seen to that(ex.action scenes have really gone virtual reality)but it's still a respectable addition to your DVD library. And of that fact there is no gray area!


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