IMDb > Rising Sun (1993)
Rising Sun
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Rising Sun (1993) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 26 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
Rising Sun -- US Home Video Trailer from 20th Century Fox

Overview

User Rating:
6.2/10   30,700 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 16% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers (WGA):
Michael Crichton (novel)
Philip Kaufman (screenplay) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Rising Sun on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
30 July 1993 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
At the offices of a Japanese corporation, during a party, a woman, who's evidently a professional mistress... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(2 articles)
Snipes "Owed Taxes on $38 Million"
 (From WENN. 14 January 2008)

Sean Connery's Naked Advice
 (From WENN. 19 December 2000)

User Reviews:
Great Book Turned Into Average Thriller on Film... See more (67 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Connery ... Capt. John Connor

Wesley Snipes ... Lt. Webster Smith

Harvey Keitel ... Lt. Tom Graham

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Eddie Sakamura

Kevin Anderson ... Bob Richmond

Mako ... Yoshida-san

Ray Wise ... Senator John Morton

Stan Egi ... Ishihara

Stan Shaw ... Phillips

Tia Carrere ... Jingo Asakuma

Steve Buscemi ... Willy 'the Weasel' Wilhelm

Tatjana Patitz ... Cheryl Lynn Austin
Peter Crombie ... Greg

Sam Lloyd ... Rick

Alexandra Powers ... Julia

Daniel von Bargen ... Chief Olson / Interrogator
Lauren Robinson ... Zelda 'Zelly' Smith

Amy Hill ... Hsieh
Tom Dahlgren ... Jim Donaldson

Clyde Kusatsu ... Tanaka
Michael Chapman ... Fred Hoffman
Joey Miyashima ... Young Japanese Negotiator
Nelson Mashita ... Young Japanese Negotiator

Tamara Tunie ... Lauren Smith

Tony Ganios ... Perry
James Oliver Bullock ... Jeff
Michael Kinsley ... T.V. Panel Member
Eleanor Clift ... T.V. Panel Member
Clarence Page ... T.V. Panel Member
Pat Choate ... T.V. Panel Member
Steve Clemons ... Show Moderator (as Steven C. Clemons)

Dan Butler ... Ken Shubik
Toshishiro Obata ... Guard at Imperial Arms
Tylyn John ... Redhead

Shelley Michelle ... Blonde
Michele Ruiz ... T.V. Interviewer

Patricia Ayame Thomson ... Female Accident Reporter
Jeff Imada ... Eddie Sakamura's Yakuza

J. Max Kirishima ... Eddie Sakamura's Yakuza (as Max Kirishima)
Larry O. Williams Jr. ... Younger Brother
Scot Anthony Robinson ... First Brother
Keith Leon Williams ... Another Brother (as Keith Leon Hickles)
Carl A. McGee ... Guy at Window
Quincy Adams Jr. ... Mean Face

Cecil Brown ... Big Guy

Meagen Fay ... Hamaguri Receptionist

Max Grodénchik ... Club Manager
Gunnar Peterson ... Valet

Jessica Tuck ... Senator Morton's Aide
Masa Watanabe ... Japanese Elevator Guard
Minnie Summers Lindsey ... Grandma Otis
Paul Fujimoto ... Iwabuchi
Kenji ... Tempura Chef
Michael Leopard ... Cop
Tak Kubota ... Nakamoto Yakuza

Fumio Demura ... Nakamoto Yakuza
Tadashi Yamashita ... Nakamoto Yakuza
Dennis Ota ... Nakamoto Yakuza
Raymond Kitamura ... Nakamoto Yakuza
Rita Weibel ... Girl at Eddie's Party
Susan Iida ... Girl in Karaoke Western
Seiichi Tanaka ... Taiko Drum Master
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Koyama ... Yakuza (uncredited)

Leo Lee ... Eddie Sakamura's Yakuza (uncredited)

Directed by
Philip Kaufman 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Michael Crichton (novel)

Philip Kaufman (screenplay) and
Michael Crichton (screenplay) &
Michael Backes (screenplay)

Produced by
Ian Bryce .... line producer
Sean Connery .... executive producer
Peter Kaufman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Tôru Takemitsu 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Chapman 
 
Film Editing by
Stephen A. Rotter 
William S. Scharf 
 
Casting by
Donna Isaacson 
 
Production Design by
Dean Tavoularis 
 
Art Direction by
Angelo P. Graham 
 
Set Decoration by
Gary Fettis 
 
Costume Design by
Jacqueline West 
 
Makeup Department
Kim Santantonio .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Ian Bryce .... unit production manager
Susan Spencer Robbins .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Carlisle .... first assistant director
Frank Davis .... second assistant director
Cellin Gluck .... additional second assistant director
Lucille OuYang .... second second assistant director
Rebecca Strickland .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Peggy Casey .... art department coordinator
Dale DeStefani .... foreman
Robert C. Goldstein .... set designer
Sean Haworth .... set designer
Eric A. Hulett .... buyer
Kurt V. Hulett .... co-lead man
Peter J. Kelly .... set designer
Mark Knapton .... propmaker
Michael Kolko .... set estimator
Sam Mendoza .... propmaker foreman
James J. Murakami .... assistant art director
Maureen Osborne .... art department coordinator
Alex Tavoularis .... assistant art director
Carl Robarge .... molder/caster (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Richard Beggs .... sound re-recording mixer
Karen Brocco .... assistant foley editor
Lindakay Brown .... assistant adr editor
Lisa Chino .... assistant sound effects editor
Lee Cruikshank .... apprentice dialogue editor (as Theodore Lee Cruikshank)
Teresa Eckton .... dialogue editor
Dan Engstrom .... assistant sound effects editor
Frank E. Eulner .... sound effects editor (as Frank Eulner)
Amy Leigh Hunter .... dailies transfer operator
Tom Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeff Kliment .... sound
Ann Kroeber .... sound effects editor
Jeffrey Kroeber .... foley editor
Clayton Leander .... dailies transfer operator
Mary Helen Leasman .... assistant dialogue editor
David MacMillan .... sound mixer
Thomas O'Shea .... assistant dialogue editor
Claire Sanfilippo .... assistant dialogue editor
Robert Shoup .... foley supervisor
Alan Splet .... sound designer
Dianna Stirpe .... dialogue editor
Ewa Sztompke .... dialogue editor
Patti Tauscher .... assistant sound effects editor
John Verbeck .... sound effects editor
Hugh Waddell .... adr supervisor
Marian Wallace .... sound re-recording mixer
James Allen .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Larry L. Fuentes .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Mark A.Z. Dippé .... visual effects supervisor
TyRuben Ellingson .... visual effects art director
Benton Jew .... concept artist
Jonathan Keeton .... digital artist: Western Images
Nancy Luckoff .... CG coordinator
Dan McNamara .... visual effects editor
Michael Olague .... visual effects crew
Jimi Simmons .... visual effects artist
 
Stunts
Bobby Bass .... stunts
Janet Brady .... stunts
Eugene Collier .... stunts
Oscar Dillon .... stunts (as Oscar [Big O'] Dillon)
Shane Dixon .... stunts
Frank Ferrara .... stunts
Jack Gill .... stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts
Brian Imada .... stunts
Jeff Imada .... stunt coordinator
Steven Ito .... stunts
Jeff Jensen .... stunts
Henry Kingi .... stunts
John Koyama .... stunts (as Johnny Koy)
Leo Lee .... stunts
Roy K. Ogata .... stunts
Alan Oliney .... stunts
Denney Pierce .... stunts
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (as Ronnie Rondell)
Bill M. Ryusaki .... stunts (as Bill Ryusaki)
Marcus Salgado .... fight consultant
Dick Warlock .... stunts
Danny Wong .... stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunts
Steven Ho .... stunts (uncredited)
Alan Oliney .... stunt double: Wesley Snipes (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jamie Anderson .... additional photographer
Jamie Barber .... first assistant camera
John J. Connor .... additional photographer (as John Connor Sr.)
John J. Connor .... director of photography: second unit
John T. Connor .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John T. Connor .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Vincent Contarino .... best boy electric
Lowell Crisp .... electrician
Daniel P. Moore .... video operator
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator
Nick Shuster .... camera loader
Jeff Stanman .... lighting technician
Michael T. Travers .... best boy grip
Erik A. Erichsen .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Lisa Clarkson .... casting associate
Mariann H.W. Lee .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alison Gail Bixby .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Elisa Cohen .... assistant editor
Robert Grahamjones .... assistant editor
Dennis McNeill .... color timer
Kevin Rose-Williams .... assistant editor
Tara Timpone .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Pamela Faulk .... apprentice music editor
Hiroyuki Iwaki .... conductor
Richard Marriott .... composer: additional music
Kevin Rose-Williams .... assistant music editor
Alan Splet .... music editor
Jeffery Stephens .... music editor
Shinichi Tanaka .... music mixer
Ichiro Uno .... music contractor
 
Transportation Department
James Nordberg .... driver: props
Tim Sisson .... picture car mechanic
George Grenier .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Karen Golden .... script supervisor
Carolyn Hagan .... assistant production office coordinator
Robb Hastigan .... payroll accountant
Jody Hummer .... assistant location manager
Kimberly Jase .... post-production accountant
Jamie Kehoe .... craft service
James McCabe .... location manager
Daniel Pinder .... production assistant (as Dan Pinder)
Vicki Dee Rock .... production accountant
Eva M. Schroeder .... assistant location manager
Carrie Seeley .... assistant: Mr. Snipes
Randy Walker .... technical advisor: police
Kyle Cooper .... title designer (uncredited)
Vanessa Grayson .... stand-in: Tia Carrera (uncredited)
Tom Ingersoll .... location scout (uncredited)
Shelley Michelle .... body double: sushi scene (uncredited)
Ante Novakovic .... assistant: Harvey Keitel (uncredited)
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexuality, language and some violence
Runtime:
125 min | USA:129 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The murderer's identity was changed from the book for reasons not explained by the director.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Smith, Connor and Graham are in the elevator, reaching 45th floor, at the beginning of the film right before the elevator's doors open and Senator Morton is with the blonde guy, Smith has both his shoulders dry. However, when they reach their floor, right after Graham shouts "Geronimo!" you can see Smith's shoulders clearly wet by the rain.See more »
Quotes:
John Connor:Do you know what's true? When something sounds too good to be true, then it's not true.See more »
Soundtrack:
LATIN LINGOSee more »

FAQ

See more »
28 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Great Book Turned Into Average Thriller on Film..., 17 March 2003
Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK

"Rising Sun"

There is an old Japanese motto: "Business is war." Well, that sentence is taken to new heights in the Philip Kaufman thriller "Rising Sun," based on the best-selling novel by Michael Crichton.

Wesley Snipes plays Web Smith, a Japanese-American liaison officer in LA who is called on duty after a young woman is found dead at the opening party for the new Japanese company named Nakamoto. Sean Connery plays John Connor, a retired liaison officer who is an expert on Japanese customs and culture. He is requested to come on call as well, and does, trailing along with Web.

When they get to Nakamoto, they find Tom Graham (Harvey Keitel) and other cops hovering over the body of the dead woman. Soon, foul play is suspected, and Smith and Connor must find the killer before it is too late.

"Rising Sun" is taken from a great novel, and turned into an average thriller. There is nothing spectacular about the film. It stays surprisingly true to the book, but the very few things that stray from the course of the novel turn out to be the blunders.

There are no sparks flying between Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes. I think that Snipes was a bad casting decision. Connery is perfect for the character of John Connor, but Snipes just doesn't fit Peter Smith - whose name was changed to Web Smith for the film, for no apparent reason other than Peter isn't a suiting name for Snipes.

The director/screenplay writer of "Rising Sun" - Philip Kaufman, who brought us "The Right Stuff" - seems to have charisma and obviously tries to keep the film true to the book. Unfortunately, however, there is an element of suspense missing from the film. There are no real surprises. In the novel, Connery's character John Connor seems to know everything that is going to happen, but there is still a sense of suspense. In the film, however, Connery's Connor seems to know TOO much about everything that is going to happen. Instead of being one step ahead like he was in the book, he seems to be twenty steps ahead in the film. There is one scene that really jumped out at me where Connor walks in and says, upon discovering a man believed to be dead, "Oh, I was wondering when he'd get here!" In the novel, Connor gives a reason why he knew the man wasn't dead. In the film, he just seems to know the man is still alive for no apparent reason. If Connor knows everything that is happening, everything that has happened, and everything that is going to happen, why keep Web - and us - in the dark?

At least Connery fit the character of Connor - it would have been about ten times worse if they had chosen someone else.

Believe it or not, the film might have been better if it had NOT been so close to the book. What I mean by this, is that by making everything just like the book, Kaufman raises the expectations a notch, and when ONE SINGLE THING is changed from the book, the audience is disappointed, because by then we have come to expect everything in the movie to be like the book. Expectations wouldn't have been so high if he had made everything different from the book. Which is NOT to say I don't enjoy that he stayed true to the book.

It's a confusing opinion. In some ways, I enjoy how true to the novel the film was. But there is just something missing. Even though the cast is top notch for the most part, Snipes just didn't fit. And while Connery was perfect as Connor, he seemed to know too much about what is going on. There is no real suspense. Perhaps that is the biggest flaw of the film.

A great book turned into an average thriller worth seeing once.

3/5 stars -

John Ulmer

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (67 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Rising Sun (1993)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Why so many Seinfeld characters? jgarrisn
Hilarious Harvey Keitel ses72
This film sucks bobcollman-1
The senator mikko-sandt
That is some hair! phoebe723
who played? angus052394
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Strange Days The Professional: Golgo 13 Machete The Dark Knight Beverly Hills Cop
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Action section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.