Rising Sun

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20th Century Fox Released 1993

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Director:
Philip Kaufman
Released:
1993
Rating:
R

Based on Michael Crichton's provocative bestseller, this smart, engrossing and electrically charged thriller is as entertaining as it is thought provoking. A special liaison officer (Snipes) is called in to investigate the murder of a call girl in the boardroom of a Japanese corporation. Accompanied by a detective (Connery) with unusual knowledge of the Japanese culture, the two men must unravel the mystery behind the murder by entering an underground shadow world of futuristic technology, ancient ways and confusing loyalties.

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  • 88

    Rolling Stone Peter Travers

    The flaws don't cripple what is a fiercely funny, exciting and provocative detective story about the crimes of corporate culture — crimes that transcend race and geography.

  • 88

    Boston Globe Jay Carr

    The film doesn't match the novel's adrenaline level, but is in every other way more stylish and intelligent...Smart, sexy, provocative entertainment. [30 July 1993, p.25]

  • 75

    San Francisco Chronicle Edward Guthmann

    Rising Sun doesn't work all that well as a thriller: it's far more successful in its old cop/young cop character study, and in its examination of cross-cultural tensions. [30 July ...

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Crime, Thrillers