Film Review: "Black Rain" (1989)
Here comes one of the ultimate action thrillers of the 1980s in crystal-clear, punch-lining 120-Minute-Final-Cut by editor Tom Rolf (1931-2014), who had received moody, stark to neo-film-noir visuals by one-and-only collaboration between director Ridley Scott and Jan De Bont, making his reputation shine as fully-competent as classic-to-innovative cinematographer, when R. Scott fights out of the corner in his cranking director's chair of the mid-1980s after two mixed-received features with fantasy spectacle "Legend" (1985) starring Tom Cruise and romantic thriller "Someone To Watch Over Me" (1987) starring Tom Berenger; coming out in this motion picture produced Sherry Lansing & Stanley R. Jaffe, known for another Michael Douglas film success "Fatal Attraction" (1987) directed by Adrian Lyne, when Ridely Scott plays his cards with high-focus directing as well as ancient to world-war-II-beating Japan in researched post-war developing underworld to an one of a kind thriller event movie from Fall 1989.
In "Black Rain" is every film department in place with leading actor Michael Douglas as originally-written, down-on-his-luck New York City Cop detective Nick Conklin, who gets found by his new assignment by transferring Yakuza-uprising-criminal Sato, performed by late menacing as brilliantly-authentic actor Yusako Matsuda (1949-1989) to suspense accelerations of live-action-splendors with motorcycles chasing New York streets, Tokyo back alleys, handling on-ride samurai swords to mud-sprinkling cross trails of rural Japan to continuous twisting plot points and further supporting character conflicts, including deeply-atmospheric Japanese night club encounters between Michael Douglas and actress Kate Capshaw as Joyce, an American woman of 35 in exile; to cultural difference-battling new-partners with Tokyo cop Masahiro, performed by honors-indulging Ken Takakura (1931-2014) and Andy Garcia as reckless as lively New York buddy cop Charlie Vincent, all in favor for a well-written story-arc of Micheal Douglas' tight-gripping interpretations of Nick Conklin, making this standing-out action thriller an tremendous success for the matured hard-boiled-loving audiences with regards to the neighing 30th anniversary of "Black Rain" directed by Ridley Scott at age 51.
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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.
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