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(1993)

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Writers Michael Crichton and Michael Backes quit the project largely over disagreement with director Philip Kaufman that one of the lead characters should be changed into an African-American.
Michael Crichton, author of the book and co-author of the screenplay, wrote the part of Connor with Sean Connery in mind.
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.
The murderer's identity was changed from the book for reasons not explained by the director.
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In the scene at the country club, the advice that Senator Morton tells the detectives is "If the battle can't be won, don't fight it". That quote is from the book "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu. Wesley Snipes would star in the 2000 film The Art of War (2000) based on that book.
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Tony Ganios who was the bouncer at Eddies party was called Perry and was chewing a matchstick,he also played Perry in Kaufmans The Wanderers who also chewed on a matchstick.
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Eddie's red car is a Vector W8, an American-made supercar.
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The character of Cheryl Lynn Austin is described in the book as a "Tatjana type" model. In the movie she is played by the actual Tatjana Patitz .
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In the original book, the Japanese used high definition cameras with videotape. In the movie, this was changed to recordable Laserdiscs.
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Both MicroCon representatives have played characters in Seinfed at one point or another. Rick (Peter Crombie) played the part of crazy Joe Davola in several episodes, and Greg (Sam Lloyd) played the part of Ricky (Cigar Store Indian).
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Sean Connery and two Oscar nominees: Mako and Harvey Keitel.
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