Video Release: January 1, 2013
Studio: Warner Home Video
A Yakuza hitman travels from Japan to New York City where he "ices" two American mafiosi. Shortly after he is captured, word comes down that the prisoner must be taken back to Osaka to face trial. The two cops who brought him down are understandably upset, but they are also the ones assigned to escort him back to Japan and deliver him to the proper authorities. Shortly after they land, the two are tricked into releasing the killer into the hands of his gangster buddies. Enraged by their own foolishness and the lack of cooperation they receive from the Japanese police, the partners attempt to recapture the escaped criminal themselves. But they quickly find Japan to be much more dangerous than they had at first anticipated. And when one of them is killed, the other one realizes he must go beyond the law to exact his revenge.
An action movie that is deeper than its script, thanks to Ridley Scott. A dirty New York cop learns the value of honor from a Japanese cop who in turn learns from the American the importance of asserting one's self. Features a rarely seen side of Japan seething with mob violence, prostitution, homelessness and near-peasant rural life. Academy Award Nominations: 2.
Color by Technicolor; shot in Panavision. Locations included New York; Osaka, Japan; and Northern California. Budget estimated somewhere between $20 million and $40 million. This film is not to be confused with Japanese director Shohei Imamura's "Black Rain" (Japan/1990), which was produced around the same time. Imamura's film deals with the lives of a Japanese family who survived the United States' nuclear-bombing of Hiroshima. The phrase "black rain", used in both films, refers to the deadly fallout caused by the detonation of an atomic weapon. Available to buy in the UK.