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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yûsaku Matsuda ...
Shigeru Kôyama ...
Ohashi (as Shigeru Koyama)
Guts Ishimatsu ...
Yûya Uchida ...
Tomisaburô Wakayama ...
Miyuki Ono ...
Frankie (as Luis Guzman)
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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 <>

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A cop on the edge, a conspiracy in the rise, a killer on the loose. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller


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Release Date:

22 September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lluvia negra  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)


$45,645,204 (USA)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints) (4 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The "Osaka police office" is in fact the "Office of prevention of natural disasters", next door to the Osaka police headquarters. See more »


During Sato's meeting with the Yakuza bosses, he slams his fist down on the box containing the counterfeiting plate. In the next shot, his hand is palm-downward and flat against the box. See more »


Sugai: I was 10 when the B-29 came. My family lived underground for three days. We when came up the city was gone. Then the heat brought rain. Black rain. You made the rain black, and shoved your values down our throats. We forgot who we were. You created Sato and thousands like him. I'm paying you back.
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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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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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