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Heaven's Burning (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  3 April 1998 (USA)
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After a botched bank job, a gang takes a hostage, Japanese girl on the run from arranged marriage, and escapes. Their wheelman saves the girl from them and the two go on the run with the cops, the gang and her psycho father on their tail.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenji Isomura ...
Petru Gheorghiu ...
Anthony Phelan ...
Matthew Dyktynski ...
Colin Hay ...
Norman Kaye ...
Store Owner
Kate Fitzpatrick ...
Kuni Hashimoto ...
Christopher Duncan ...
Confused Man (as Christopher Duncan)


"Heaven's Burning" tells the story of a man and a woman who are inexplicably thrown together, amid violence and chaos. They quickly find themselves on the run from many adversaries, but find time to fall in love along the way. Written by Dave Nusair <>

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Rated R for violence, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

3 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Céu em Chamas  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

AUD 16,525 (Australia) (7 November 1997)


AUD 16,525 (Australia) (7 November 1997)

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When Yukio is riding his motorcycle and suddenly comes across a kangaroo, when it cuts back to a front view of the motorcycle, you can see the ramp in the lower left corner of the screen as the motorcycle flies up and crashes. See more »


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Written by Al Frazier, John Harris, Turner Wilson Jr.. and Carl White
Performed by The Trashmen
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Ill-fated lovers in tidy little noir film
11 November 2000 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I picked this up at the local video store recently as I am always looking for something that might not have been first run but still might turn out to be interesting. I wasn't disappointed with this noirish little flick that featured a rather sweet love story between Russell Crowe (Colin) and Youki Koudoh (Midori)as the lovers on the lam from just about everyone - the cops, the Afghan gangsters and Youki's husband Kenji Isomorua (Yokio).

The film is essentially a road movie as the two ill-fated lovers come together after Midori leaves her husband and Colin becomes a driver for the Afghan gangsters in a robbery that goes awry resulting in Midori been taken as a hostage. What follows is chase across the Australian Outback as the naive Midori falls for the quiet Colin and they try to elude their chasers to reach their paradise on the beach.

There is some lapses of logic as the chasers find the ill-fated lovers as well as some jarring violence but this tidy little Australian film is a worthy addition to the noir genre. Worth seeing.

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