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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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Taglines:

A cop on the edge, a conspiracy in the rise, a killer on the loose. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Japan

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, Wide Release

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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Trivia

Yusaku Matsuda's own personal "Blu Sera" Ferrari Testarossa is seen sitting on the right side of the shot at Dotonbori bridge, prior to Nick and Charlie entering the club to bear witness to a murder. In reality, vehicles are not allowed to sit alongside Dotonbori bridge in Osaka; they are only allowed to pass alongside the sideroads parallel to the bridge. See more »

Goofs

Obvious stunt double for Conklin during the motorcycle chase near the end of the film. See more »

Quotes

Nick Conklin: [to Matsumoto] You watch your tail, cowboy.
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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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Referenced in Air Doll (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO
Performed by Bobby Rogers (as Robert Rogers) and Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson)
Performed by UB40
Produced by UB40
Courtesy of Virgin Records, Ltd.
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Moving and thrilling action movie with cool visual style by Ridley Scott
1 December 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This solid thriller deals about a down-home cop(Michael Douglas)accused of corruption and his young partner(Andy Garcia). They witness a grisly killing by a Japonese murderer named Sato(Matsuda). They pursuit him and barely escape with their life, but get detain him. They're assigned to protect him but with painful results when the mobster is transported to Osaka. Then they are assigned to upright Inspector(Ken Takatura) and forced into action against Yazuka. Thus starts a clash of culture and a cobweb of intrigue which keep the spectators on the edge of their seats.

This is a superb, though predictable at times, blending of tough American police genre and Japanese gangsters by means an organization called Yazuka, a kind of oriental Mafia .Michael Douglas as down-and-out police and Ken Takatura are honorable Inspector are very fine . Good secondaries actors such as Andy Garcia and Kate Capshaw, Spileberg's wife. Appear uncredited John Spencer as the chief official and Luis Guzman. This first rate suspenseful action pic benefits from intelligent screenplay and visual dynamics, however is overlong, two hours and some. This special buddy-movie is full of neon lights from Osaka with a videoclip and advertisement spots style . The motion picture is glamorously directed by Ridley Scott as stylish as ever , similarly his previous film(Someone to watch over me) and others(Blade runner,Duelists , Legend) in which his visual style is impressive.


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