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Black Rain

Michael Douglas , Andy Garcia , Ridley Scott    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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A guilty pleasure if ever there was one, Black Rain is a ridiculously entertaining thriller by Ridley Scott (Alien), starring Michael Douglas as a tough New York cop who--along with his partner (Andy Garcia)--goes to Japan to deliver a local mobster. When the latter escapes, Douglas's brand of gonzo crime fighting rubs his Japanese hosts the wrong way. Slick, mechanistic, and absurd, the film is all surface action and attitude (not to mention Scott's incredibly busy, trademark art direction); and one can get lost in the sheer indulgence of it. However, if you can buy Douglas as an iconoclastic lawman, you can buy anything else here, including the notion of Kate Capshaw as a blonde escort highly desired by Japanese businessmen. --Tom Keogh

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5.0 out of 5 stars A guilt-free pleasure 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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5.0 out of 5 stars "It started to rain... Black rain." Feb. 28 2004
By A Customer
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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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies of the 80s 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Ridley Scott Dec 22 2002
By A Customer
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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2.0 out of 5 stars This Might've Worked If ... Dec 9 2002
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic East Vs. West Cop Drama Aug. 9 2002
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Culture Clash
Black Rain may not have some of the epic qualities of other Ridley Scott films, like Blade Runner, Gladiator, or even Black Hawk Down, but it is still a solid cop thrller/fish out... Read more
Published on April 29 2004 by T. Lobascio
2.0 out of 5 stars Ugly American
If ever a movie personifies the stereotype of the arrogant,self absorbed "Ugly American" this is it. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars A Well Made Action/Thriller.
A Maverick New York City Detective (Two Time Oscar-Winner:Micheal Douglas) and His Partner (Andy Garcia) are Assigned to Deliver a Yukuzn Gangster (Yusaku Matsuda) to the Japanese... Read more
Published on April 19 2002 by Christian Pelchat
3.0 out of 5 stars better than listed
fairly straight forward cop drama about two american cops sent to japan to deliver a gangster arrested on american soil. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2002 by brendan
3.0 out of 5 stars great action
While the movie is pretty good overall - the best part is that there is some great action in it. My buddies and and I always slow-mo the scene with the motorcycle and the sword -... Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2001 by "rfreeborn"
4.0 out of 5 stars Great action movie with some intelligence
Ok, some may think this is a fine example of late 80's cheesy action fare. However, the acting is incredible, the characters are complex, and the motivations are unique. Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2001 by Chas Fuller
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lesson in Film by Ridley Scott
Have you seen "The Duellists" or "Alien".. maybe "Gladiator" too... what can one say but admire a master at work. Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2001 by Hurimana
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