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Black Rain


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  • Actors: Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw, Yûsaku Matsuda
  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Writers: Craig Bolotin, Warren Lewis
  • Producers: Alan Poul, Craig Bolotin, Julie Kirkham, Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: Jan. 8 2004
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301643410
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,041 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John S. Ryan on Dec 27 2003
Format: DVD
I'm not sure why this movie is described as a 'guilty pleasure'. I don't feel at all bad about liking it. And I do like it, a lot.
For one thing, I like Michael Douglas. I liked him thirty years ago in _The Streets of San Francisco_, I liked him even better after he turned _One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest_ from a great book and a great stage play into a great motion picture, and I've kept right on liking him every time he's gotten himself cast in a stylish, well-scripted film.
And this _is_ a stylish, well-scripted film. It's every bit as dark as you expect from Ridley Scott, and although there's a fairly well-defined villain, the 'heroes' are morally ambiguous. I like that in a movie.
The reviewers who say Michael Douglas's character Nick Conklin is an 'ugly American' are right, but they seem to have missed the fact that this is part of the point. This film is a fairly ambitious, though not terribly deep, attempt to bring off an East-meets-West theme in what looks superficially like just another buddy-cop movie. The 'black rain' of the title is one of the aftereffects of the nuking of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and it's the symbolic stand-in for the Western 'decadence' bemoaned by the more traditional Nipponese (even the crime bosses).
But that doesn't mean Japan wins the dramatic argument. On the contrary, the Nipponese cop (played with endearing self-effacement by Ken Takakura) learns a few things from his new cowboy friend 'Nick-san' too. (And the karaoke scene with Takakura and Andy Garcia is priceless.)
Kate Capshaw doesn't really need an excuse to appear in a film, and that's good, because here she doesn't really have one. She's an expatriate American who inexplicably keeps turning up at the center of the action.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 28 2004
Format: DVD
Another masterpiece from director Ridley Scott, Black Rain stars Michael Douglas as Nick Conklin, an NY cop who is under pressure from internal affairs and has just had a divorce. Along with him is his happy-go-lucky partner Charlie (Andy Garcia), who loves a good time (it's weird how they call each other "babe"). After arresting Japanese Yakuza (Japanese Mafia) boss Sato (Yusaku Matsuda), they are assinged to return him to Japan. When Sato escapes and humiliates the cops, Nick is determined to bring him in, but has to cope with the strict ways of the Japanese law enforcement. With the help of the by-the-book cop Masahiro (Ken Takakura), Nick vows to bring Sato down. With great supporting actors/actresses, good story, and great action, it's great for any person who likes action or Michael Douglas. It's only real flay is its absurdity, but that's not going to stop you from seeing it, is it?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terence Tan Co on Feb. 5 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is one of the best movies that Ridley Scott has made and one the best if not the best movies on the Yakuza ever done.

The acting of Michael Douglas and especially that of Ken Takukura and the main villain is especially excellent as well as the cinematography of Ridley Scott really rounds out the movie.

The interplay between the characters is quite good and brilliant with a very very nice ending to round out the movie.

The commentary is OK and also the interviews of the director and cast is excellent.
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By A Customer on Dec 22 2002
Format: DVD
One of my favorite films--if for no other reason, it is signature Scott. However, it is a very good film all around! Douglas, Takakura and Capshaw were outstanding! Some may not like the genre or Scott, hence, some of the reviews. A caution: Be sure to read the reviewer's comments about the quality of the DVD version on down the list.
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Format: DVD
An unimportant film with unimportant consequences, BLACK RAIN is the story of two New York detectives (Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia) who have the task of delivering a mob thug back to Japan ... where they end up in the middle of international intrigue with all entirely unbelievable plot twists.
However, BLACK RAIN has long been a 'closet favorite' of filmgoers worldwide. It is sumptuously photographed, and the action -- while not entirely fulfilling -- is beautifully choreographed. Perhaps its greatest strengths are, as well, its greatest detractors.
I can't help wondering, though, how the film would've played had the two principles (Douglas and Garcia) switched roles. Dramatically, it would've had more effect, and, stylistically, Douglas is looking to old for these kind of roles anyhow.
See it for the guilty pleasure of watching the sumptuous Kate Capshaw as the perfect 'blonde escort' conducting her business for the benefit of Japanese business. She's worth any viewing, or any price, in my little black book.
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Format: DVD
This movie is one of my favorites. I am a Japanophile, and although Douglas does portray an "ugly American," he does it well! Sometimes you have to realize that different cultures clash, but if the desired end result is the same, who cares? One way is not always the best, and this movie shows you how American muscle and persistence combined with Japanese harmony and sophistication can achieve the desired result. Aside from that, there is good action, beleiveable characters (exception being Kate Capshaw) and great on location shooting.
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