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Black Rain (1989)

Two NYC cops arrest a Yakuza member and must escort him when he's extradited to Japan.

Director:

Ridley Scott
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Douglas ... Nick Conklin
Andy Garcia ... Charlie Vincent
Ken Takakura ... Masahiro
Kate Capshaw ... Joyce
Yûsaku Matsuda ... Sato
Shigeru Kôyama Shigeru Kôyama ... Ohashi (as Shigeru Koyama)
John Spencer ... Oliver
Guts Ishimatsu Guts Ishimatsu ... Katayama
Yûya Uchida Yûya Uchida ... Nashida
Tomisaburô Wakayama ... Sugai
Miyuki Ono Miyuki Ono ... Miyuki
Luis Guzmán ... Frankie (as Luis Guzman)
John Costelloe ... The Kid (as John A. Costelloe)
Stephen Root ... Berg
Richard Riehle ... Crown
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Storyline

Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. In Japan, however, he manages to escape. As they try to track him down, they get deeper and deeper into the Japanese Mafia scene and they have to learn that they can only win by playing the game the Japanese way. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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A Ridley Scott Film From The Producers Of "Fatal Attraction" See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

22 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Rain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,677,102, 24 September 1989

Gross USA:

$46,212,055

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$134,212,055
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints) (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The motorcyclists within the movie are modeled after a real gang that frequents the streets of Osaka, known as "Bosozoku". The Bosozoku still exist in Japan to this day, and truly do in fact taunt and disturb the locals of Osaka, acting as vigilantes/anarchists of sorts. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie is decapitated, blood is visible on his shirt before the katana even touches him. See more »

Quotes

Oliver: [before Nick's meeting with Internal Affairs] You'll walk Nick. If you tell the truth and keep your wits. Run your mouth and they'll screw you man.
Nick Conklin: I've got nothing to hide.
Oliver: I hope not, for my sake.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits begin with a Japanese kanji, which can be translated as "complete" or "end" and is sometimes used at the end of Japanese films. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tiger Cage 2 (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

BACK TO LIFE (JAM ON THE GROOVE MIX)
By Jazzie B (as Beresford Romeo), Simon Law and Nellee Hooper (as Paul Hooper)
Performed by Soul II Soul, featuring Caron Wheeler
Produced by Jazzie B (as Jazzie B.) and Nellee Hooper for Silent Productions
Courtesy of 10 Records, Ltd.
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One of the Top Cop thrillers of the last century, supremely underrated.
13 January 2007 | by JoyyriderSee all my reviews

Micheal Douglas has always been, at least for me, one of the better actors to portray a cop on screen. Very believable, very real, he just has a natural feel for this type of role. I think its due to the fact he starred as one on TV in "The Streets of San Francisco". Everything blends in this cop thriller. It oozes style and panache. It also has an underlying emotional core that I think gets underrated by critics. Douglas as Nick Conklin has some fine moments playing off the characters played by Andy Garcia, Kate Capshaw and especially Ken Takakura. This movie combines excellent acting, gorgeous cinematography, great atmosphere, along with some solid action set pieces...and gets it right. Director Ridley Scott brings all his cinematic guns to bear and spins these elements into a definitive police action thriller. I loved this flick when I saw it in 1989 and I still do. It may not be as audacious as when it premiered, time has seen to that(ex.action scenes have really gone virtual reality)but it's still a respectable addition to your DVD library. And of that fact there is no gray area!


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