Friday, September 30, 2011

Black Rain

Starring Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura, and Yusaku Matsuda

Directed by Ridley Scott

Release Date: September 22nd, 1989

NYPD detective Nick Conklin (Douglas) has been tasked with transporting Japanese criminal Sato (Matsuda) back to Osaka, Japan. Soon, Conklin and local detective Masahiro (Takakura) must uncover why Sato came to America and what are his plans back in Japan. Will Conklin face the dreaded Japanese mob, the Yakuza?

I'm a big fan of Ridley Scott; he directed several of my favorite movies and I'm always excited to see his name in a film's credits, be it as director or producer. Therefore, I found Black Rain to be another great Scott film using a "fish out of water" template for a cop/crime action movie. Director Scott shows many great panning shots of Osaka, making the city seem grand and foreign to newcomers, yet can also be seen as familiar to those who know those locations in Japan. Since the film is nearly entirely shot in Japan, there is a cavalcade of great Japanese actors, such as Ken Takakura and Yusako Matsuda. Matsuda played the villainous Sato, a great combination of crazy and intimidating, stuck in my mind as a great 1980's villain (sadly, Matsuda passed away weeks before the film's theatrical release).

If you're a Ridley Scott fan or a fan of Action/Crime/Cop movies, you'll certainly enjoy Black Rain.

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