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Rising Sun (1993)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  30 July 1993 (USA)
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At the offices of a Japanese corporation, during a party, a woman, who's evidently a professional mistress, is found dead, apparently after some rough sex. A police detective, Web Smith is ... See full summary »



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At the offices of a Japanese corporation, during a party, a woman, who's evidently a professional mistress, is found dead, apparently after some rough sex. A police detective, Web Smith is called in to investigate but before getting there, he gets a call from someone who instructs him to pick up John Connor, a former police Captain and expert on Japanese affairs. When they arrive there Web thinks that everything is obvious but Connor tells him that there's a lot more going on. Written by

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Rated R for strong sexuality, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 July 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sol naciente  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£648,293 (UK) (15 October 1993)


£2,391,211 (UK) (12 November 1993)

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The Sempai/Kohai relationship is touched upon during the movie, however there were a couple of problems. In Japan, "Sempai" is often used as an address and as a show of respect to one's superior. "Kohai", on the other hand, can be considered offensive when used to address someone directly, as it is "putting someone in their place." Hence Sean Connery's character effectively insults Wesley Snipes' character throughout the movie. Given that Connery's character is supposed to be well versed in Japanese customs, this action should be taken very seriously. "Kohai" is normally used as a reference, not an address. For example: Wesley is the Kohai of Sean. See more »


In the movie, a character describes the US government blocking the purchase of Fairchild semi-conductor by Fujitsu and its later sale to a French company. The US government did exert pressure on the sale and made it clear that the sale would be difficult to complete, which is why Fujitsu withdrew, however when Fairchild was sold, it was sold to National Semi-conductor, an American company, not a French company as suggested by the film. See more »


Phillips: Must be nice to fuck a lawyer, instead of always being fucked by one.
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Crazy Credits

There is a credit in Rising Sun thanking "The MIT Leg Lab" and "Marc Raibert and his Running Team." This refers to a short scene where the two detectives go out to a fancy-looking research lab (really a water treatment plant; also used as the set for Starfleet Academy on the TV series "Star Trek - The Next Generation). In the background of some of the shots there are two legged robots: one hopping in a circle in a tea-house; the other bouncing up a garden path. These robots are actually academic research projects from the MIT AI Lab's Legged Locomotion Lab. They really do hop about and maintain their balance. Power comes from off-board hydraulic pumps (hence the guy in the background (me!) pulling hoses for the robot), and body attitude is sensed with gyroscopes. A human with a joystick tells the robot what direction to go, and the control algorithms (which are the real subject of Leg Lab research) maintain speed, direction, and balance. However, the robots aren't designed for special effects. They're always being modified, and they tend to break down frequently. This made shooting in the hot july sun of the San Fernando Valley a real nightmare, with transputers crashing in the heat, stuck gyros, and hydraulic leaks. Three grad students and a professor worked steadily for about a month before Hollywood, and then five days on the set and on location to get the robots in about 15 seconds of film. The credits are: Marc Raibert (our prof), and Charles Francois, Rob Playter and Lee Campbell (me) who are students. We three students appear in the film in white lab coats acting like Robot Scientists!! See more »


Written by Rube Bloom and Harry Ruby
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27 June 2003 | by (Ljubljana, Slovenija) – See all my reviews

The era when in Hollywood knew how to make a good movies, apart from todays pathetic production.

And also one of the best roles for Connery, close to his best performances as unforgetable mister 007. Beside him even Snipes shows up some acting abilities.

The story is, honestly, nothing special, even unlogical from time to time, but nevertheless it got something inside, maybe this eastern touch that keeps viewer glued to his seat. If then movie would be little deeper (like Blade runner for instance) it would be surely a classic. But despite that and mostly because of great performance by Connery it deserves a strong

8 out of 10.

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