Two New York City police officers who arrest a member of the Yakuza and must escort him back to Japan. Once there, he escapes, and the two police officers find themselves dragged deeper and deeper into the Japanese underworld.
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I could've overlooked the horrible screenplay/lackluster direction (not a bad look to the film overall though, superficially), but the constant barrage of American arrogance was so incredibly grating that it killed any potential this film might have had otherwise - it's shoved down your throat at every opportunity. The development of the plot is horrendous, lacking any basis in reality at all. Wear thick gloves.
The one star is for the oyabun's bitter speech about surviving WWII bombings and the titular black rain. Inexplicably, the screenplay fails to pursue this theme of post-war tension, opting instead for false and insulting cultural stereotypes. The renegade cop as hero is a childish Hollywood trope that needs to be permanently retired.
Una muestra tanto de lo bueno como de lo peor de Ridley Scott. Visualmente tan deslumbrante como Blade Runner, pero en lo anecdotico (el tipico super "tira" americano quien en busca de venganza hace y deshace desmadre y medio en un pais ajeno totalmente a su antojo), casi carente por completo de interes. Andy Garcia se diò a conocer al mundo con esto. Para darle en la madre a un par de horas sin mayor remordimiento.
Really, really wanted to like this -- Ridley Scott doing neo-noir again had my expectations high -- but top tier cinematography and crisp editing can't save this film from its xenophobic, trope-ridden and repulsively arrogant screenplay.
A great old gem of a movie. It might feel a bit slight compared to Scotts other efforts but both Douglas and Garcia works the script for all it´s worth. The visuals and the score are astounding and the action set pieces are pretty cool. A true guilty pleasure in my book.
a very enjoyable film to watch. this felt like it epitomized the Japanese culture from the perspective of the Americans in the eighties. something about the ultra gritty feel worked for me though, and i just like watching it.
Michael Douglas really suits the role, but what makes this film good is it's great scenery shots and the cinematography by Jan de Bont that has echoes of "Blade Runner" to it. Sadly, the film doesn't take any risks with the material and the showdown is predictable. Still, an average directed Ridley Scott movie is better to watch than an average directed film by Brett Leonard.