Stars: Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw, YÃ»saku Matsuda
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Rating: R (Restricted)
Runtime: 125 minutes
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
"Perhaps you should think less of yourself and more of your group, try to work like in Japanese. I grew up with your soldiers; you were wise then. Now - music and movies are all America is good for. We make the machines, we build the future, we won the peace.
"And if there was ONE of you guys who had an original idea, you'd be so tight that you couldn't even pull it out of your ass!"
A couple of guys I used to work with in the department took some money from some drug dealers. No big deal.
They liberated funds.
Theft is theft. There is no gray area.
Hey Matsu, New York is one big gray area.