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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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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

The film was selected to screen at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 1989. See more »

Goofs

In the nightclub scene when Masahiro walks over to Nick and Charlie's table, he is holding a cocktail with an umbrella in it. The cocktail umbrella keeps changing it's canopy shape, from convex to concave between shots. 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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THAT'S AMORE
By Jack Brooks and Harry Warren
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A clash-of-cultures story.
16 January 2005 | by Jonathon DabellSee all my reviews

Ridley Scott tends to give his films a very potent visual energy (see "Alien" and "Blade Runner" for further evidence), and here he takes a story that's been around since films began and dresses it up with his customary pictorial trimmings. Black Rain is another fish-out-of-water yarn in which a cop leaves his usual patch to track down a criminal in an unfamiliar place (see also Brannigan, French Connection II, No Mercy, Beverly Hills Cop, etc. for other versions of what is virtually the same story). The unoriginality of it all is a bit disappointing in all honesty, but Black Rain compensates for its over-familiarity by excelling in other areas.

Reckless New York cop Nick Conklin (Michael Douglas - looking more like his father Kirk than ever) and his partner Charlie Vincent (Andy Garcia) catch a Japanese gangster named Sato (Yasuka Matsuda) in their city. They are assigned to escort Sato back to Japan and hand him over to the Japanese police. However, almost immediately upon their arrival Sato escapes with the aid of some of his underworld friends, cunningly disguised as cops. Nick and Charlie are left with egg on their face, and endeavour to help the Japanese police to recapture their man. They join Japanese cop Masahiro (Ken Takakura), but police methods in Japan prove very different to what the Americans are accustomed to, and soon differences in approach boil over into frustration and violence.

Scott paints the night-time streets of Osaka as some kind of neon-lit, nightmarish maze. It becomes easy to relate to Nick and Charlie's bewilderment, and the viewer is left glad NOT to be sharing their experiences in the seedy, dangerous environment of this seemingly hostile city. There are some attempts to explore the different codes of honour by which the American and Japanese law enforcers measure their success. Also, the film establishes and sustains an edgy atmosphere (one scene, in which a key character is lured into a trap and beheaded, is especially tense).

Black Rain is a mix of effective and not-so-effective elements. The visuals, the atmosphere and the cultural alienation of the main character are very interesting, while the plotting and dialogue are disappointingly familiar. It's definitely a film worth catching, though it probably won't be remembered as fondly fifty years from now as some of the director's other films.


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