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1 November 1991 (USA) See more »
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Jeff Fahey ... Barry Mikowski

Bridget Fonda ... Chris Sugita
Hiroaki Murakami ... Sugita

J.T. Walsh ... Jack Ruhle

John Randolph ... Mayor Peluso

Peter Allas ... Eddie

Gabriel Damon ... Mikey

Carmen Filpi ... Charlie
Francis John Thornton ... Womack

Jeffrey Stephan ... Councilman (as Jeffrey J. Stephen)
Mark Lowenthal ... Dr. Rathman
Goh Misawa ... Tanazaki
J. Michael Hunter ... Louis
Lenora Nemetz ... Margie
Steve Aronson ... Jo Jo
Zachary Mott ... Bud
Michael R. Aubele ... Ray
John Hall ... Bar Player
Dean Wells ... Bar Player
Alice Eisner ... Neddie
Don Wadsworth ... Hotel Manager
Douglas Pona ... Hotel Clerk
Maria Becoates-Bey ... Dispatcher

Rohn Thomas ... Doctor
Patricia Hicok ... Nurse
Lee Hayes ... Nurse
Saundra Mason ... Nurse
Craig Hosking ... Helicopter Pilot
David W. Butler ... Steelworker
Lamont Arnold ... Watkins
Lonzo Green ... Norman
Laverne M. Yorkgitis ... Waitress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bret Culpepper ... Irate Driver (uncredited)

John W. Iwanonkiw ... Iron Worker (uncredited)

Directed by
Hiroaki Yoshida 
Writing credits
Ryûnosuke Akutagawa (story "In a Grove")

Hiroaki Yoshida (screen story) and
Tim Metcalfe (screen story)

Tim Metcalfe (screenplay)

Produced by
Ilona Herzberg .... producer
Taiiichi Inoue .... associate producer
Katsumi Kimura .... co-executive producer
Edward R. Pressman .... executive producer
Oliver Stone .... executive producer
Hidenori Taga .... co-executive producer
Hidenori Ueki .... producer
Janet Yang .... associate producer
Original Music by
Stanley Myers 
Cinematography by
Morio Saegusa (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bonnie Koehler 
Casting by
Elisabeth Leustig 
Production Design by
Toby Corbett 
Art Direction by
Gary Kosko 
Set Decoration by
Diana Stoughton 
Costume Design by
Susie DeSanto 
Makeup Department
Lynne K. Eagan .... hair stylist
Deborah K. Larsen .... key makeup artist
Patty Bell .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Tony Gardner .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Caldecot Chubb .... executive in charge of production
Gregory Lemkin .... bilingual production supervisor
Marjorie Webster .... post-production supervisor
Patricia Whitcher .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terence J. Edwards .... first assistant director
Richard Murken .... second assistant director
Akiko Sakagame .... bilingual assistant director
Art Department
Eileen Garrigan .... scenic artist
Gregory Jones .... set dresser
Eugene McCarthy .... property master
Yoichi Minagawa .... props: Tokyo unit
Motokazu Taniguchi .... props: Tokyo unit
Toru Ueno .... tokyo unit production designer
Don Yochum .... model maker
Elizabeth Flaherty .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Thomas J. Garrigan .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Smith Harper Hutchings .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Bob Smith .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dane A. Davis .... supervising sound editor
Kini Kay .... sound effects editor
Frank A. Montaño .... re-recording mixer
Christopher Sheldon .... supervising sound editor
Todd Toon .... sound effects editor
Karyn Foster .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Randy Vandegrift .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Martin Bresin .... special effects coordinator
Dan Bradley .... stunt coordinator
Terry Jackson .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Amy Hobby .... second assistant camera
Shane D. Kelly .... gaffer: second unit
Hiroshi Morozumi .... first assistant camera
Daryl 'Dazz' Reynolds .... best boy: second unit
Suzanne Tenner .... still photographer
Rick A. West .... gaffer
Bruce Byall .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Gregory L. Edwards .... grip (uncredited)
Jesse Mather .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Marty Miller .... grip (uncredited)
Heather Page .... camera loader (uncredited)
Rich Schutte .... additional a camera first assistant (uncredited)
Steve Smith .... key grip (uncredited)
Ted Wiegand .... electric: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hiroki Miyamoto .... stylist: Tokyo
Location Management
Gerrit V. Folsom .... location manager
Ronald C. Yochum Jr. .... Property Manager: Station Square (uncredited)
Music Department
Peter Afterman .... music supervisor
Simon Chamberlain .... orchestrator
Thomas S. Drescher .... music editor
Nick Glennie-Smith .... music associate
Richard Harvey .... music associate
Austin Ince .... music supervisor
Graham Preskett .... orchestrator
Dawn Soler .... music supervisor (as Dawn Solér)
Diane DeLouise Wessel .... music supervisor
Richard Harvey .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Masayo Honda .... kimono stylist: Tokyo unit
Pat Jackson .... dialogue coach
Kent Linker .... dialogue coach
Connie Papineau .... script supervisor
Jonathan Peters .... production assistant
Elena Azuola .... accountant (uncredited)
Raymond Michael Bell .... stand-in (uncredited)
Tim Fahey .... production staff (uncredited)
Mary Jasionowski .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Suzan Lowitz .... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Steve Parys .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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A surreal mystery drama set in an abandoned steel mill, 28 February 2017
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

This is a very unusual film. It was written, directed by, and starred some Japanese people, but was made in English in America. The initial title states that it is set in 'Corinth, Pennsylvania, six miles from Pittsburgh'. However, Corinth is a fictitious name, and the film was made in Braddock, Pennsylvania, a tiny and desolate former steel town which has now become an eastern suburb of Pittsburgh. The female lead is played by everybody's favourite waif actress, Bridget Fonda, looking as pale, vulnerable, and faintly palpitating as usual. She has such a way of allowing her cheeks to pucker and ripple with apprehension and anxiety, and her eyes can become haunted in an instant. And there is plenty of reason for apprehension in this film, so she gets lots of chances to act, that's for sure. The setting for this film epitomises the now notorious American 'rust belt', and if anyone wants to know who voted for Donald Trump and where they live, you need look no further than this movie to understand why those people are in despair about 'politics as usual'. The abandoned steel mill, which is at the heart of the film, says it all. (For British people, just think 'Rhondda Valley in Wales' and the closure of the coal mines.) Yes, Pennsylvania went for Trump, and here we see just why, even though this film was made 26 years ago. If things were that bad then, just imagine now. The director of the film was Hiroaki Yoshida, who according to IMDb only directed two films, of which this was the second. He adapted for the screen a story entitled IN A GROVE by the Japanese author Ryunsosuke Akutagawa, who died as long ago as 1927 at the age of only 35. He wrote the original story for the film RASHOMON (1950), so famously directed by Akira Kurosawa, later so brilliantly remade in America by Martin Ritt as THE OUTRAGE (1964), and remade once again in Thailand in 2011. This film also has many echoes of RASHOMON, since it tells the story of what happened in the steel mill and the town several times from the points of view of the different characters. Each version is different, and we are continually faced with the problem of who is lying. As the old video cover which I have states, it is 'a labyrinth of deception'. Jeff Fahey plays a local redneck who is obsessed with Fonda. He is rather creepy and also very annoying, but then I suppose he is meant to be. I could not say he is my favourite actor, and I would have preferred someone else in the part who had a third dimension to him. Fonda is the wife of a Japanese businessman, played by Hiroaki Murakami, who has just bought the abandoned and rotting steel mill, intends to demolish it, and build a children's' theme park on the site. The locals are resentful and do not like the idea at all. Things get very tense, to say the least of it. Fonda plays a complex character who met the businessman in Japan and married into wealth, having come from a 'poor white trash' background in a small town ironically called Harmony. She has never felt comfortable about the change in her lifestyle, and her doubts about her marriage coincide with her arrival in Pennsylvania from Japan. The film poses various problems: has someone been murdered, or has someone not been murdered, and if so, which of various possible people either did or did not do it, assuming whether it was either done or not done. This is a bit like playing the game of 'known unknowns' and 'unknown unknowns', not to mention 'known knowns' and 'unknown knowns'. The film is rather weird, placing as it does the bizarre Japanese mentality within a redneck context in a steel town near Pittsburgh. I wonder how such an extraordinary idea ever occurred to anyone. Certainly, the location of the real abandoned steel mill is used to the fullest extent possible in the filming, and that adds to the weird atmosphere, for I never saw so many teetering gangways, loose railings, dangling weights on sliding chains, multiple levels, see-through floors, perilous perches, thick levels of steel dust rising in clouds with every movement, and the whole phantasmagoria of the ghost factory. The film is a satisfying thriller with a difference.

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