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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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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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Osaka, Japan. A cop on the edge. A conspiracy on 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

The "Yakuza" are the Japanese mafia. This is one of first American and Hollywood feature films to feature them, others being Armed Response (1986), The Challenge (1982) and The Yakuza (1974). In Japanese cinema, there is an entire genre of "Yakuza Film" which are very popular with audiences. See more »

Goofs

Nick refers to Sato as "Say-toe" quite a few times, until someone corrects him, and after this he does say it right, but there is one instance before the correction where he does say "Sato", suggesting that this earlier scene may have possibly been filmed after. See more »

Quotes

Sato: [taunting Nick in English] Here I am, Nick! Here! Almost as near as when you let Charlie die, huh?
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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 Doogie Howser, M.D.: Blood and Remembrance (1989) See more »

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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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Moving and thrilling action movie with cool visual style by Ridley Scott
1 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

This solid thriller deals about a down-home cop(Michael Douglas)accused of corruption and his young partner(Andy Garcia). They witness a grisly killing by a Japonese murderer named Sato(Matsuda). They pursuit him and barely escape with their life, but get detain him. They're assigned to protect him but with painful results when the mobster is transported to Osaka. Then they are assigned to upright Inspector(Ken Takatura) and forced into action against Yazuka. Thus starts a clash of culture and a cobweb of intrigue which keep the spectators on the edge of their seats.

This is a superb, though predictable at times, blending of tough American police genre and Japanese gangsters by means an organization called Yazuka, a kind of oriental Mafia .Michael Douglas as down-and-out police and Ken Takatura are honorable Inspector are very fine . Good secondaries actors such as Andy Garcia and Kate Capshaw, Spileberg's wife. Appear uncredited John Spencer as the chief official and Luis Guzman. This first rate suspenseful action pic benefits from intelligent screenplay and visual dynamics, however is overlong, two hours and some. This special buddy-movie is full of neon lights from Osaka with a videoclip and advertisement spots style . The motion picture is glamorously directed by Ridley Scott as stylish as ever , similarly his previous film(Someone to watch over me) and others(Blade runner,Duelists , Legend) in which his visual style is impressive.


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