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Heaven's Burning (1997)

After a botched bank job, a gang takes hostage a Japanese girl on the run from an arranged marriage, and escapes. Their wheel man saves the girl from them and the two go on the run with cops, the gang and her psycho husband on their tail.

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Craig Lahiff

Writer:

Louis Nowra
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Crowe ... Colin
Yûki Kudô ... Midori
Kenji Isomura Kenji Isomura ... Yukio
Ray Barrett ... Cam
Robert Mammone ... Mahood
Petru Gheorghiu Petru Gheorghiu ... Boorjan
Anthony Phelan ... Bishop
Matthew Dyktynski Matthew Dyktynski ... Moffat
Colin Hay ... Jonah
Susan Prior ... Sharon
Norman Kaye ... Store Owner
Kate Fitzpatrick ... Gloria
Kuni Hashimoto Kuni Hashimoto ... Oshima
Salvatore Coco ... Gullbuddin
Christopher Duncan Christopher Duncan ... Confused Man (as Christopher Duncan)
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Storyline

"Heaven's Burning" tells the story of a man and a woman who are inexplicably thrown together, amid violence and chaos. They quickly find themselves on the run from many adversaries, but find time to fall in love along the way. Written by Dave Nusair <dnusair@chat.carleton.ca>

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Two Lives. Two Widely Differing Cultures. One Fate. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

3 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Céu em Chamas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

AUD 16,525 (Australia), 9 November 1997, Limited Release
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Duo Art Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In a bizarre interpretation of life imitating art, actors Robert Mammone and Russell Crowe were, like the characters they portray in the movie, best friends, and had been for the past seven years prior to this picture. See more »

Goofs

When Yukio accidentally shoots his translator, he is first seen pulling back the slide of his 1911 pistol and the slide locks to the rear. The slide of a 1911 will only lock back if a) the slide lock is pressed up or b) the pistol magazine inserted is empty. Since Yukio knew nothing about firearms it is unlikely he would lock back the slide by himself, so the pistol that accidentally shot his friend was empty of any ammunition. See more »

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Features Dot and the Kangaroo (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

SURFIN' BIRD
Written by Al Frazier, John Harris, Turner Wilson Jr.. and Carl White
Performed by The Trashmen
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First of all, I'd like to say that this is a very unique, but also
4 January 2004 | by KatsuhitoSee all my reviews

First of all, I'd like to say that this is a very unique, but also important film that is making a social commentary on the oppression that (specifically, but not exclusively,)many Japanese women suffer at the hands of their domineering and quite often abusive husbands. Because of their ancient cultural structure and social and familial pressures, these women are forced into marriages that are probably not always fulfilling, and this incredible Australian? director has tackled the telling of this poor woman's predicament, which alot of Asian women may be able to relate to, without being able to speak up about it for themselves. At the same time, this director, by bringing Russell Crowe, and a plot that revolves around a bank robbery gone awry, with plenty of action and gore, is probably going to attract viewers who otherwise wouldn't really care about the problems Japanese women face. He is therefore challenging those people to take a look at this human rights issue, and bringing it to light, which is good for everybody. The inter-racial romance is an added entertaining element, but if that's all that viewers see, then they're missing the point. Let's face it,inter-racial relationships between Japanese women and foreign men have been going on since the early days of exploration by Europeans. The director of this film, along with everybody involved must be commended for taking a gamble on a topic that obviously can be touchy, and at the same time misunderstood by the typical, shallow public. To top it off, he also manages to make an homage to the classical composer Richard Wagner, first with the guy in a wheelchair, played by the ex-Men at Work singer (forgot-his-name),who should get an Oscar for his Heroic performance, and then again with the music from Tristan and Isolde at the very end! A really Cool Flic!


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