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Black Rain

Since this is a Ridley Scott film, Black Rain is about 90% atmosphere and 10% story. But what atmosphere! This gripping crime thriller about hardboiled NY cop Michael Douglas tracking a yakuza hood in Osaka, Japan, boasts magnificent lensing and powerfully baroque production design.

Since this is a Ridley Scott film, Black Rain is about 90% atmosphere and 10% story. But what atmosphere! This gripping crime thriller about hardboiled NY cop Michael Douglas tracking a yakuza hood in Osaka, Japan, boasts magnificent lensing and powerfully baroque production design.

Douglas is utterly believable as a reckless and scummy homicide detective who takes kickbacks from drug dealers and resorts to the most brutal methods to capture escaped counterfeiter Yusaka Matsuda.

First collaring Matsuda after a shocking outbreak of violence in a NY restaurant, Douglas is sent with him to Osaka, where he promptly loses him to the yakuza and watches helplessly as his partner Andy Garcia is murdered. Coming into conflict with the Japanese police, Douglas turns to the criminal underground to help bring in his prey.

Script fascinatingly depicts the growing influence of Ken Takakura’s higher concepts of honour and loyalty on Douglas, who in turn causes some of his expedient lack of morality to rub off on the Japanese police inspector.

1989: Best Sound.

Nomination: Best Sound Effects Editing

Black Rain

  • Production: Paramount. Director Ridley Scott; Producer Stanley R. Jaffe, Sherry Lansing; Screenplay Craig Bolotin, Warren Lewis; Camera Jan DeBont; Editor Tom Rolf; Music Hans Zimmer; Art Director Norris Spencer
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 126 MIN.
  • With: Michael Douglas Andy Garcia Ken Takakura Kate Capshaw Yusaku Matsuda John Spencer
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