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Black Rain 1989
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  • Ridley Scott
  • September 22, 1989
  • 125 mins
  • English
  • Action, Crime, Thriller
Their country. Their laws. Their game. His rules.
Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. In Japan, however, he manages to escape. As they try to track him down, they get deeper and deeper into the Japanese Mafia scene and they have to learn that they can only win by playing the game the Japanese way.

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This movie was terrible. I like Michael Douglas but his rogue cop who plays by his own rules down not work in this movie. He's sleazy enough as is, it's hard for me to like him as this type of cop. It's not sleazy in a bad way, it's sleazy in a way that works like gangbusters in movies like The Game or Wall Street. But here it just feels dirty.

Also annoying is the 1980's portrayal of Japanese culture and how badass and correct "the American way" is. I think we're supposed to watch him being an asshole to everyone and be like, "hell yeah, it's our way or the highway" but in 2016's eyes it's laughable. It's almost all forgivable with that hysterically dorky thumbs up Douglas gives at the end. Too funny.

(A completely unnecessary and nitpicky side note: This is the second film where I have been floored by how hairy Andy Garcia is. The first was The Untouchables. In this movie he undoes his tie and boom, it looks like they had to take a chainsaw to the rug on his chest so we could see his neck. It's crazy!)

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