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
Eddie's red car is a Vector W8, an American-made supercar. See more »
Senator Morton receives a color fax on a machine far too simple a model to accept one. See more »
Hey Graham, you want some sushi?
No thanks. If I get a craving for mercury, I'll eat a thermometer.
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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 »
The sun is rising, and the audience is going to sleep
Rising Sun falls somewhere between buddy cop film and Neo-Noir murder mystery, and it doesn't work very well as either. The whole thing feels messy and and makes no sense. This movie demands more from the audience than it gives them. It's not an unwatchable movie, but it's never that interesting, or involving.
Sean Connery and Westley Snipes are indeed a mix match, but they are so in the wrong way. Snipes goes through must of the picture being patronized by Connery's Zen Zinger persona. After a while the dynamic starts to become something like a father and child. Connery gets all the good lines, but he goes through the movie never having a moments concern or a sense of jeopardy. that and the Japanese experience of his Character lead me to believe that Steven Seagal may have been more at home in the role (which doesn't demand much). Come to think of it, nobody in the cast is especially that memorable.
The pay off for the whole thing is kind of disappointing, partially because nothing really gets explained. when it's all over Rising Sun ends up being a rather bland over long endurance test.
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