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Black Rain (1989)

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

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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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An American Cop in Japan. Their country. Their laws. Their game. His rules. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

22 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lluvia negra See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,677,102, 24 September 1989, Wide Release

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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Trivia

Originally touted for an August 1989 theatrical release, Paramount pushed the release date back to early fall, on September 22, to avoid that year's crowded summer season. See more »

Goofs

In several scenes, Japanese characters (and Nick) can be seen opening and shutting taxi doors. In fact, doors of Japanese taxis are always operated by the driver, through buttons near the driver's seat; so this would never happen. Nick, on the other hand, would not be expected to know this, since it is his first time in Japan. See more »

Quotes

Nick Conklin: If you pull it, you better use it.
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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 »

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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Beverly Hills Cop III (2009) See more »

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OGI NO MATO (THE FOLDING FAN AS A TARGET)
Performed by Ensemble Nipponia
From the album "Japanese Traditional Vocal & Instrumental Music"
Produced by David Lewiston
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Ridley Scott's Most Underrated Film
18 July 2001 | by dee.reidSee all my reviews

Black Rain (1989) Starring Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia.

Running Time: 125 min. Rated R

Black Rain stars Michael Douglas(Wall Street, Falling Down) and Andy Garcia(The Untouchables, Desperate Measures) as Detectives Nick Conklin and Charlie Vincent. One day while eating lunch at a local diner, they witness a horrific mob killing. The twist is that the killer is a dangerous gangster named Sato(Yusaku Matsuda) from Japan who is also wanted their for various other crimes. Soon after, a chase ensues and Sato is captured. The police tell Nick and Charlie that he must be returned to Japan in order to be prosecuted. When they finally get to Japan, the police there are very generous in accepting Sato, only they're not the police, they're Sato's thugs in disguise. So Nick and Charlie must go after him, but because they are foreigners, no one will help them in their investigation and they must also accept a new partner (Ken Takakura).

Filmed on location in Tokyo, Japan, Ridley Scott, who also directed Alien(1979), Blade Runner(1982) and Gladiator(2000) sets up a really dark tone for, much as he does in most of his films.

It's also surprising how low the rating is for this movie. It's a classic like so many other of Scott's films.

10/10


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