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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nick Conklin
... Charlie Vincent
... Masahiro
... Joyce
... Sato
Shigeru Kôyama ... Ohashi (as Shigeru Koyama)
... Oliver
Guts Ishimatsu ... Katayama
Yûya Uchida ... Nashida
... Sugai
Miyuki Ono ... Miyuki
... Frankie (as Luis Guzman)
... The Kid (as John A. Costelloe)
... Berg
... 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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Osaka, Japan. A cop on the edge. A conspiracy on the rise. A killer on the loose. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lluvia negra  »

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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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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Verhoeven was originally attached to direct the film as his follow-up to RoboCop (1987). He dropped out to make Total Recall (1990) instead. Verhoeven and Michael Douglas would later work together on Basic Instinct (1992). See more »

Goofs

Nick refers to Sato as "Say-toe" quite a few times, until someone corrects him, and after this he does say it right, but there is one instance before the correction where he does say "Sato", suggesting that this earlier scene may have possibly been filmed after. See more »

Quotes

Joyce: Look, I've been living in this country for seven years, and I still can't read the headlines. Yes means no. Maybe means never.
Nick Conklin: You still didn't answer my question. How do I get to him?
Joyce: Let the police handle it. Nobody's going to help a gaijin.
Nick Conklin: Gaijin?
Joyce: Yeah, a stranger. A barbarian. A foreigner. Me and you... More you.
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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

Featured in Gregg Allman: I'll Be Holding On (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

I'LL BE HOLDING ON
By Hans Zimmer and Will Jennings
Performed by Gregg Allman
Produced by David Paich
Gregg Allman performs courtesy of EPIC Records
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Justice Falls Like Black Rain
21 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Black Rain is hands down the best cop movie ever made! And I'm not saying that just because I like it. The cinematography and even the costumes were phenomenal and couldn't have been any better. Whoever did the casting for this movie earned their pay and then some. You couldn't have found better actors anywhere in the world. This is Michael Douglas at his best as New York Detective Nick Conklin, a macho yet streetwise cop after a coldblooded Yakuza killer all the way from the back alleys of Manhattan to the streets of Japan. Andy Garcia also gives a tour-de-force performance as Douglas's partner Charley Vincent and gives the movie some extra humor. There some great one liners here. I even like Kate Capshaw as Conklin's friend and love interest. Sato Kogei, the bad guy, is played brilliantly and almost effortlessly by Yusako Matsuda. Why haven't I ever seen this guy in anything else? Definitely one of my top ten best villains to grace the silver screen. Also look for Ken Takakura as Masahiro Matsamodo the stubborn and by the book police officer who befriends Douglas and Garcia and helps them chase Matsuda (Takakura was also in Mr. Baseball). Sato's rival Sugai Kenyo gives a stunningly great performance as well as the old time crime boss. Anyways if you haven't seen this film go out and get it like I did and make it part of your collection. Its great viewing, timeless and worth every penny. You won't regret it.


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