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Black Rain (Widescreen)

Michael Douglas , Andy Garcia , Ridley Scott    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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Cultures clash (and so, occasionally, do clichés) in this 1989 stylefest from director Ridley Scott. Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia are New York cops who grab a Japanese mobster and take him back to Osaka--only to lose him there. When they're forced to track him down, Douglas's knuckles-and-know-how approach to crime-fighting puts him at odds with his Japanese handlers. Beside eschewing police brutality, their code of honor also induces guilt because Douglas has succumbed to the occasional shifty tendency in the past. Despite some strong action sequences and Scott's trademark look of neon reflected on wet streets, it begins to drag and ends up exactly where you expect it to--with Douglas chin-to-chin with chief bad guy Yusaku Matsuda. No one plays a flawed hero better than Douglas but this one tends to be by the numbers. --Marshall Fine

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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Well Made Action/Thriller. April 19 2002
Format:DVD
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 Authorities but Once, they Arrived in Japan, the Cops ended up losing the Criminal and then the Cops are in the Search of the Felon, who Escape from Them. Despite Protests from the Japanese Police, the American Cops are Staying in Japan and the Lead Detective (Ken Takakura) is Forced to Help Them.
Directed by Ridley Scott (Thelma & Louise, 1492:The Conquest of Paradise, White Squall) brings a Stylish Action-Thriller, which is Entertaining and Visual Good-Looking Flick, thanks to Cinematogrpher:Jan De Bont (Cujo, The Hunt for the Red October, Basic Instinct) and Screenplay by Criag Bolotin and Warren Lewis makes this Action Movie Works. Micheal Douglas gives a Solid Performance. This was a Box Office Hit in the Fall of 1989. One of the Top-Best Cops (Action-Thriller) Films of the 1980`s. It was Oscar Nominated for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound. Panavision. Grade:B+.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC RIDLEY SCOTT. June 30 2001
Format:DVD
Created in the late 80's, this movie is the classic EAST meets WEST.
Unbelivable performances by Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia and a JAPANESE STAR.
Michael Douglas plays the opitome of an anti-hero. He's a dirty cop with more skeletons in the closet than the catacombes of Paris. Yet, he's a loyal friend, an excellent detective, and is willing to improve his faults.
The story...two NYC cops are forced to escort a YAKUZA (Japanese Mafioso) to Japan. But to no fault of Andy Garcia and Michael Douglas' characters, the mafioso escapes. Rumors in NYC and Japan run rampant that Michael Douglas took money for the freedom of the Japanese Mafioso. The two NYC cops stay in Japan to try and help the Japanese police to locate this criminal. The Japanese, in the classic we can do it better than anyone else mentality, really don't want their help. They assign a highly respected Japanese Detective to escort the two NYC cops.
Michael Douglas is the Vaquero. The American COWBOy. Cocky, stubborn and eternally the tough guy. The Japanese Detective is the stereotypical Stoic, BY-THE-RUles agent. In a clash of cultures, the two derive a friendship that is pure.
There is so many subplots and complexities that I've watched this movie 20 times. I love this movie and rate it in my top 5 of all time.
It may have been created in the late 80's, but it stands up to the test of time. Watch this movie over and over again. If you don't want to dive into the cerebral...enjoy the fast paced action.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Terrible film.
Published 1 month ago by Arigato-san
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies of the 80s
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2008 by Terence Tan Co
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Ridley Scott
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! Read more
Published on Dec 22 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic East Vs. West Cop Drama
This movie is one of my favorites. I am a Japanophile, and although Douglas does portray an "ugly American," he does it well! Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2002 by D. Fazzari
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
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. 30 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
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