Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Black Rain (1989)

Synopsis: It’s like The Yakuza...with motorcycles! (Ken Takakura plays pretty much the same character in both, by the way)

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Academy Award-winner Michael Douglas (Fatal Attraction, Wall Street) and Andy Garcia (Internal Affairs, The Untouchables) play New York Cops whose job to escort a vicious assassin back to his native Japan leads the two Americans into Osaka’s exotic underworld and straight into the center of a raging, brutal ‘Yakuza’ gangland battle.”

What Did I Learn?: The best way to deal with the Osaka police is to be loud, pushy and demanding.

Really?: Of all the gin joints in all the world, Michael Douglas had to find the one with a cute, American blonde who a) speaks fluent Japanese, b) knows all about the Japanese underworld and where to find the top gangsters, and c) is eager to take him back to her stylishly-furnished apartment.

Rating: Black Rain is a somewhat predictable fish-out-of-water/rogue cop film, but it is fun if you put your brain in ‘neutral’ and enjoy both the action and Ridley Scott’s stunning visuals. 6.5/10 stars.

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