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Black Rain (1989)

Two NYC cops arrest a Yakuza member and must escort him when he's extradited to Japan.

Director:

Ridley Scott
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Osaka, Japan. A cop on the edge. A conspiracy on the rise. A killer on the loose. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

22 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Rain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,677,102, 24 September 1989

Gross USA:

$46,212,055

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$134,212,055
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jan de Bont replaced Howard Atherton as Director of Photography. Atherton shot most of the film, but he got so frustrated in Japan that he resigned. de Bont was then brought in to finish the rest of the film and received official credit; Atherton is credited for "Additional Photography." See more »

Goofs

When Miku is visiting the bank to obtain the note plate, in every shot from her flat to the bank she is clearly wearing black hosiery. (Sometimes sheer, sometimes opaque.) As she strips to change, she is already wearing (under the teddy) nude/champagne coloured tights. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Matsumoto Masahiro: [looks in his case, realizes Nick has returned the counterfeiting plates] Nick-san...!
[Nick just smiles at him and gives a thumbs-up]
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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

Referenced in Air Doll (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

BACK TO LIFE (JAM ON THE GROOVE MIX)
By Jazzie B (as Beresford Romeo), Simon Law and Nellee Hooper (as Paul Hooper)
Performed by Soul II Soul, featuring Caron Wheeler
Produced by Jazzie B (as Jazzie B.) and Nellee Hooper for Silent Productions
Courtesy of 10 Records, Ltd.
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Uneven and clichéd
6 December 2008 | by ctomvelu-1See all my reviews

I have never been able to warm up to BLACK RAIN, a cliché-ridden 80s cop thriller. Michael Douglas, who by 1989 was a big Hollywood star with a mullet, plays a crooked cop who escorts a Yakuza home to Japan after witnessing the guy kill two people. His partner Andy Garcia is along for the ride. As soon as they touch down in Tokyo, they lose the killer and the chase is on. Soon enough, they are teamed up with a by-the-book Japanese detective, played by the doleful Ken Takakura. The problem with the movie is, it is shot MTV-style and we are all over the place with this one, rarely sitting still long enough to catch our collective breath. You'd think Tony, not Ridley, shot this one. Douglas is fine and basically carries the movie, and Garcia is believable as a naive, fresh-faced youngster who lacks Douglas' street smarts. The bad guys are stock characters and just not that interesting. In the end, too much chasing around without much of a payoff will have worn most viewers out long before the final scene.


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