When an escort girl is found dead in the offices of a Japanese company in Los Angeles, detectives Web Smith and John Connor act as liaison between the company's executives and the investigating cop Tom Graham.
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At the offices of a Japanese corporation, during a party, a woman, who's evidently a professional mistress, is found dead, apparently after some rough sex. A police detective, Web Smith is called in to investigate but before getting there, he gets a call from someone who instructs him to pick up John Connor, a former police Captain and expert on Japanese affairs. When they arrive there Web thinks that everything is obvious but Connor tells him that there's a lot more going on.Written by
Two of the cast have worked with Director John Badham. Wesley Snipes worked with Badham on Drop Zone (1994). Harvey Keitel worked with Badham on The Assassin (1993). The aforementioned films are of course in relation to this movie. Incidentally, as Drop Zone (1994) is sky themed, being about skydiving, so is this movie, but in name only. It's about a murder in Los Angeles of an escort girl in the offices of a Japanese company. Japan is known as "The Land of the Rising Sun". See more »
In the movie, a character describes the US government blocking the purchase of Fairchild semi-conductor by Fujitsu and its later sale to a French company. The US government did exert pressure on the sale and made it clear that the sale would be difficult to complete, which is why Fujitsu withdrew, however when Fairchild was sold, it was sold to National Semi-conductor, an American company, not a French company as suggested by the film. See more »
There is a credit in Rising Sun thanking "The MIT Leg Lab" and "Marc Raibert and his Running Team." This refers to a short scene where the two detectives go out to a fancy-looking research lab (really a water treatment plant; also used as the set for Starfleet Academy on the TV series "Star Trek - The Next Generation). In the background of some of the shots there are two legged robots: one hopping in a circle in a tea-house; the other bouncing up a garden path. These robots are actually academic research projects from the MIT AI Lab's Legged Locomotion Lab. They really do hop about and maintain their balance. Power comes from off-board hydraulic pumps (hence the guy in the background (me!) pulling hoses for the robot), and body attitude is sensed with gyroscopes. A human with a joystick tells the robot what direction to go, and the control algorithms (which are the real subject of Leg Lab research) maintain speed, direction, and balance. However, the robots aren't designed for special effects. They're always being modified, and they tend to break down frequently. This made shooting in the hot july sun of the San Fernando Valley a real nightmare, with transputers crashing in the heat, stuck gyros, and hydraulic leaks. Three grad students and a professor worked steadily for about a month before Hollywood, and then five days on the set and on location to get the robots in about 15 seconds of film. The credits are: Marc Raibert (our prof), and Charles Francois, Rob Playter and Lee Campbell (me) who are students. We three students appear in the film in white lab coats acting like Robot Scientists!! See more »
I actually read the book before seeing the movie, I recall at the time (many years ago) that I didn't think Snipes fit the kohai role very well. Since then I can't recall the book much and I have acclimated more to Wesley. But the focus here is on Connery, in one of his truly superb roles as Captain John Connor on special assignment to the LA PD. Connery has spent years with and among the Japanese, and when a prostitute is murdered inside Japanese corporate offices in Los Angeles, Detective Snipes and Connery are on the job. The plot as it is isn't really very exceptional, what is extraordinary is Connery's interactions with Snipes, the Japanese and everyone else, along with the (for then) astounding technology, always a Crichton staple. I can just sit back and watch Connery in this role for forever. Highly recommended just on the strength of Connery alone.
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