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Rising Sun (1993)

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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.

Director:

Philip Kaufman

Writers:

Michael Crichton (novel), Philip Kaufman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Capt. John Connor
Wesley Snipes ... Lt. Webster Smith
Harvey Keitel ... Lt. Tom Graham
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Eddie Sakamura
Kevin Anderson ... Bob Richmond
Mako ... Yoshida-san
Ray Wise ... Senator John Morton
Stan Egi ... Ishihara
Stan Shaw ... Phillips
Tia Carrere ... Jingo Asakuma
Steve Buscemi ... Willy 'the Weasel' Wilhelm
Tatjana Patitz ... Cheryl Lynn Austin
Peter Crombie Peter Crombie ... Greg
Sam Lloyd ... Rick
Alexandra Powers ... Julia
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Storyline

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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

A coalition of East and West. A conspiracy of seduction and murder. A battle between tradition and power. Business is war.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

30 July 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sol naciente See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$63,095,271

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$107,198,790
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene at the country club, the advice that Senator Morton tells the detectives is "If the battle can't be won, don't fight it." That quote is from the book "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu. See more »

Goofs

The first scene shows the Japanese girl to have a deformed left hand. In one scene where she stands up and pulls her blouse down, it is very clear that her left hand is normal. In a subsequent scene, when she is explaining herself to Web Smith, her left hand again appears deformed. See more »

Quotes

Web Smith: If we only had the original disk, we could see what happened after that.
Jingo Asakuma: Exactly. You catch on fast, Lieutenant Smith.
Web Smith: Yeah, I do.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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CHATTANOOGA CHOO CHOO
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OK on its own terms
1 September 2007 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

A woman is strangled to death while having sex in a Japaneses' corporation building. Lt. Webster Smith (Wesley Snipes) and Japan expert Captain John Connor (Sean Connery) are assigned to solve it. All the evidence points to her Japanese boyfriend but there's more to this than meets the eye.

Michael Crichtons novel was a frightening and powerful story about how it seemed (at the time) that Japanese corporations were taking over everything. As an adaptation to that this is a joke. Smith is made black for no good reason, the anti-Japanese slant was toned down a lot, there was no romantic interest between Snipes and Tia Carrere as is shown in this movie and the identity of the killer was completely changed! It really destroyed the book. But, if you ignore the book, this is OK on its own terms.

It's well done and written and there's some good acting by Connery, Ray Wise (as a slimy senator), Harvey Keitel (as a cop) and Steve Buscemi (still not sure what he was). But the story is way too convoluted, goes on far too long and has an ending which is more than confusing. Also Connery and Snipes do not work well together. There's no spark between them--they seem to be acting in different movies. There's also plenty of pointless female nudity. This lessens what could have been a good strong movie. So it's an OK thriller. Worth catching if you're a Connery fan. The book is much better.


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