Black Rain

Released 1989


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Ridley Scott

Black Rain (1989) is a movie that represents Sir Ridley Scott's exploration of the cop or police story genre of films. Often reviewed as an above average quality film, the movie is revered in Japan as the actor who played Sato (Yusaka Matsuda), the villain of the film, died shortly after the movie was released. The story offers a fairly accurate depiction of both New York City police detectives and Yakuza culture. Nick (Michael Douglas) is a partly dirty cop that collars a Yakuza gangster after he murders some rival gang members in a New York City restaurant. He and his partner Charlie (Andy Garcia) are therefore assigned to bring Sato to Osaka and hand him over to Japanese authorities. Tricked by gangsters into handing him over to bad guys masquerading as police, Nick and Chris are forced to rely on their wits and their new-found Japanese colleagues to help try to bring Sato in for trial.


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  • 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Rain is a 126-minute genre movie stacked for effect; when you see Douglas racing his motorcycle at the beginning, you know what the climax will be. Scott, though, may be the defini...

  • 75

    Rolling Stone Peter Travers

    It's risky making an action picture that breaks its violent stride to emphasize the difficulties of living up to preconceived ideas of masculinity. But it's that risk that makes Bl...

  • 75

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Black Rain is a brilliant visual tour de force wrapped around a fair suspense plot. The result is a movie that is so exciting to look at that you tend to forget that the story is r...

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