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Rain Fall (2009)

A hit man looks to protect the daughter of one of his victims against CIA assassins.


Max Mannix


Barry Eisler (novel), Max Mannix (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kippei Shîna ... John Rain
Gary Oldman ... William Holtzer
Kyoko Hasegawa Kyoko Hasegawa ... Midori Kawamura
Misa Shimizu ... Yuko
Dirk Hunter ... Thomas Perryman
Akira Emoto Akira Emoto ... Tatsu Ishikura
Shigemitsu Ogi Shigemitsu Ogi ... Osada
Toshiyuki Kitami Toshiyuki Kitami ... Tanaka
Takeshi Wakamatsu Takeshi Wakamatsu ... Benny Watanabe
Takeo Nakahara Takeo Nakahara ... Yasuhiro Kawamura
Akira Hamada Akira Hamada ... Yamamoto
Ryôsei Tayama Ryôsei Tayama ... Matsumoto (as Ryosei Tayama)
Yûko Miyamoto Yûko Miyamoto ... Naoko Kawamura
Takumi Bando Takumi Bando ... Ken
Michael Hudson Michael Hudson ... Jones


In Tokyo, a minister of public works is rumored to be taking evidence of corruption to a reporter: the CIA, the yakuza, and others want to grab the information and use it to squeeze the government. On the subway trip to meet the reporter, the official is murdered, but it looks like a heart attack. However, no one, including the murderer, can find the flash drive with the evidence. Now the CIA, gangsters, and the city police are searching. The dead official's daughters are in danger: the shadowy John Rain, ex-special forces and perhaps now in league with North Korea, tries to stay one step ahead as he looks for the flash drive and protects one of the daughters. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The most lethal assassin has now become the target. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

25 April 2009 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Clean Kill in Tokyo See more »

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Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


| (European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Names of criminal, political, and intelligence organizations referenced and/or featured in this film included the CIA, Interpol, the Yakuza, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD), and the LDP (the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan). See more »


References Black Rain (1989) See more »


Tokyo Tears
Performed by Shiho Takanashi
Written by Ross McLennan
Theme Song
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Great Japanese thriller...
3 June 2012 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

Not being familiar with the novel upon which this movie is based, nor with the author in general, it was with a clean slate and no expectations that I sat down to watch "Rain Fall".

I must say that I find it odd why the movie got such a low ranking on IMDb, because I found the movie to be rather interesting and captivating. It is a great political thriller/action movie a great amount of character development and a good flow to the movie. I especially like the way that the story was built up, you start out rooting for one side, then as the story progress, you switch sides and end up rooting for someone else entirely.

The story takes place in Tokyo, where top ranking officials are being murdered and a flash-drive with highly valuable information is being sought by the Tokyo police, CIA, the Yakuza and ex-special forces John Rain. But in this race to acquire the memory stick with the information, who can you trust?

"Rain Fall" was really nicely shot cinematography-wise. I like the angles used in the movie, and the usage of CCTV camera, that really added to the whole feel of the setting. Plus, the movie had some really great characters in it, characters with depths and personalities, where you got to have a deeper understanding for their motivations and their driving force.

And it also helped, of course, that they had some really good actors and actresses to play the various roles and make the characters come to life. Kippei Shiina (playing John Rain) really did a great job and was the driving engine in the movie, acting-wise. And hats off to director Max Mannix for managing to pull this movie off and come out with this great end result.

I was thoroughly entertained by this thriller, and was really caught up in the storyline. You are given bits and pieces of information continuously throughout the movie, but never enough to full grasp the wholeness of the plot. I liked that, because the story evolved and unfurled as you got deeper into the movie. And there was some nice plot twists throughout the movie as well.

If you like Asian cinema, then "Rain Fall" is well worth checking out, as it is great suspense and entertainment from beginning up to the very end. And the ending of the movie was actually quite good, managing to get the movie to come full circle.

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