Black Rain (1989)


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Movie Info

An unconventional New York cop is assigned to escort a Japanese criminal back to his home country in this stylish action film. When the prisoner escapes, the cop must work with a reluctant Japanese police force and deal with the vicious yakuza in order to recapture him.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Craig Bolotin, Warren Lewis
On DVD: Feb 16, 1999
Paramount Home Video


as Nick Conklin

as Charlie Vincent

as Masahiro Matsumoto

as Joyce Kingsley

as Nashida

as Oliver

as Miyuki

as Frankie

as Abolofia

as Farentino

as Detective

as Detective

as Japanese/American Tr...

as Japanese Embassy Off...

as Sato's Man

as Sugai's Man

as Sugai's Man

as Karaoke Singer

as Masahiro's Son

as Bartender

as Escort Officer
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Critic Reviews for Black Rain

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (6)

Even given all of its inconsistencies, implausibilities and recycled cliches, "Black Rain" might have been entertaining if the filmmakers had found the right note for the material.

Full Review… | August 1, 2001
Chicago Sun-Times
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Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Considering the caliber of talent, in front and behind the camera, Ridley Scott's violent cop thriller should have been more engaging and compelling

Full Review… | April 7, 2012

...a relic of the 1980s.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Black Rain


One of the most underrated films ever made, and one of my personal favorites.

Michael S

Super Reviewer


A perfect 2 1/2 star movie. The absolute middle of the road. Not bad, not great. Well shot, but nothing extraordinary. Not ridden with cliches but nothing too original either.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


A great 80s cop movie that managed to stay serious, despite it having a Japanese biker gang and a racism theme. Michael Douglas personifies in many ways the epitome of a loose canon cop during the time. He rides around in a motorcycle with aviators and a leather jacket with tough talk to accompany his look. Ridley Scott shows such a dark and different side of the crime world compared to most cop dramas of the time. In a lot of ways it is the French Connection of its time, with a lot of the same story lines and characters. While it's not as good, it still manages to create this extremely believable and imperfect world of Cops & Robbers.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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