Rising Sun (1993)



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Based on a Michael Crichton best-seller, Philip Kaufman's look at power, corruption and lies in Japanese-owned corporate America follows veteran-cop John Connor (Sean Connery) and his rookie partner Web Smith (Wesley Snipes) as they investigate the death of a prostitute whose body was found in the boardroom of a high-powered, Japanese-run Los Angeles conglomerate.
R (for strong sexuality, language and some violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Sean Connery
as John Connor
Wesley Snipes
as Web Smith
Harvey Keitel
as Tom Graham
Kevin Anderson
as Bob Richmond
as Yoshida-san
Ray Wise
as Sen. John Morton
Stan Egi
as Ishihara
Stan Shaw
as Phillips
Tia Carrere
as Jingo Asakuma
Steve Buscemi
as Willy `The Weasel' Wilhelm
Tatjana Patitz
as Cheryl Lynn Austin
Sam Lloyd
as Rick
Daniel von Bargen
as Chief Olson/Interrogator
Amy Hill
as Hsieh
Tom Dahlgren
as Jim Donaldson
Clyde Kusatsu
as Tanaka
Michael Chapman
as Fred Hoffman
Joey Miyashima
as Young Japanese Negotiator
Nelson Mashita
as Young Japanese Negotiator
Tony Ganios
as Doorman Guard
Toshishiro Obata
as Guard at Imperial Arms
Jeff Imada
as Eddie Sakamura's Yakuza
Max Kirishima
as Eddie Sakamura's Yakuza
Scot Anthony Robinson
as First Brother
Keith Hickles
as Another Brother
Carl A. McGee
as Guy at Window
Max Grodénchik
as Club Manager
Jessica Tuck
as Senator Morton's Aide
Tak Kubota
as Nakamoto Yukuza
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
as Eddie Sakamura
Fumio Demura
as Nakamoto Yakuza
Tadashi Yamashita
as Nakamoto Yakuza
Dan Butler
as Ken Shubik
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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (13)

It would be nice to see Connery doing something intrinsically interesting instead of trying to make something inherently dull entertaining. And it would be good to see Snipes cut loose more than he is able to here.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
TIME Magazine
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As the plot grows more intricate, strangely the tension dissipates, until finally the movie just seems to run out of breath.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Top Critic

When working in genre territory before, the idiosyncratic Kaufman has shown a marked tendency to debunk or subvert conventions. Playing it straight here, he brings little to the table.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008
Top Critic

I found it pretty entertaining, as well as provocative in some of its comments about contemporary life.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Kaufman's PC adaptation falls awkwardly between the conventions of the Hollywood conspiracy thriller and something intended as more artily significant.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It directs attention not to the internal reasons for America's economic problems, but to inscrutable, generalized, unknown others from abroad, whose yellow skins and strange manners announce their evil purposes as much as their unfair trade practices.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Rising Sun

Entertaining. A whodunit that keeps you on your toes by sending the viewer down wrong paths as you try to determine who the killer is. Sean Connery usually does a great job acting, and this movie is no exception.

Red Lats
Red Lats

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A decent mystery film, but not perfect by any means.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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i love sean connery and thought this movie ws quite good to be honest! Its a good action thriller with a few good twists and turns and its even funy as well in places! its worth a watch but can get a little confusing!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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