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Rising Sun (1993)

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When an escort girl is found dead in the offices of a Japanese company in Los Angeles, detectives Web Smith and John Connor act as liaison between the company's executives and the investigating cop Tom Graham.

Director:

Philip Kaufman

Writers:

Michael Crichton (novel), Philip Kaufman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Capt. John Connor
Wesley Snipes ... Lt. Webster Smith
Harvey Keitel ... Lt. Tom Graham
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Eddie Sakamura
Kevin Anderson ... Bob Richmond
Mako ... Yoshida-san
Ray Wise ... Senator John Morton
Stan Egi ... Ishihara
Stan Shaw ... Phillips
Tia Carrere ... Jingo Asakuma
Steve Buscemi ... Willy 'the Weasel' Wilhelm
Tatjana Patitz ... Cheryl Lynn Austin
Peter Crombie Peter Crombie ... Greg
Sam Lloyd ... Rick
Alexandra Powers ... Julia
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Storyline

At the offices of a Japanese corporation, during a party, a woman, who's evidently a professional mistress, is found dead, apparently after some rough sex. A police detective, Web Smith is called in to investigate, but before getting there, he gets a call from someone who instructs him to pick up John Connor, a former police Captain and expert on Japanese affairs. When they arrive there, Web thinks that everything is obvious, but Connor tells him that there's a lot more going on. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

A coalition of East and West. A conspiracy of seduction and murder. A battle between tradition and power. Business is war.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, language and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

30 July 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sol naciente See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,195,941, 1 August 1993

Gross USA:

$63,179,523

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$107,198,790
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Several members of the cast and crew of this film have worked with the cast or crew of Jurassic Park (1993). Michael Backes helped set up the computer displays for that film, while his then wife, Martha Coolidge, directed Rambling Rose (1991), which starred Laura Dern. Her father, Bruce Dern, appeared with Sean Connery in Marnie (1964). Connery also appeared in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) for Steven Spielberg, and The Hunt for Red October (1990) with Sam Neill. That film was followed by sequels Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994), which featured Samuel L. Jackson, Gerald Sim (brother-in-law of Richard Attenborough) and Miguel Sandoval. Connery also appeared in A Bridge Too Far (1977) for Attenborough. Wesley Snipes appeared in Jungle Fever (1991) with Samuel L. Jackson. Harvey Keitel appeared in The Piano (1993) with Sam Neill, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) and Little Fockers (2010) with Laura Dern, The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) with Jeff Goldblum, and both Steve Buscemi and Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction (1994). Director Philip Kaufman also directed Jeff Goldblum in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) and The Right Stuff (1983). See more »

Goofs

The film claims that each of the mini Laserdiscs holds 12 hours of video, which is impossible. A 12" Laserdisc would hold, at most, around 60 minutes of video per side, so the smaller discs in the film would hold far less than that. See more »

Quotes

Julia: You better watch out cos Eddie, he's the real jealous type. They don't call him Crazy Eddie for nothing.
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Crazy Credits

There is a credit in Rising Sun thanking "The MIT Leg Lab" and "Marc Raibert and his Running Team." This refers to a short scene where the two detectives go out to a fancy-looking research lab (really a water treatment plant; also used as the set for Starfleet Academy on the TV series "Star Trek - The Next Generation). In the background of some of the shots there are two legged robots: one hopping in a circle in a tea-house; the other bouncing up a garden path. These robots are actually academic research projects from the MIT AI Lab's Legged Locomotion Lab. They really do hop about and maintain their balance. Power comes from off-board hydraulic pumps (hence the guy in the background (me!) pulling hoses for the robot), and body attitude is sensed with gyroscopes. A human with a joystick tells the robot what direction to go, and the control algorithms (which are the real subject of Leg Lab research) maintain speed, direction, and balance. However, the robots aren't designed for special effects. They're always being modified, and they tend to break down frequently. This made shooting in the hot july sun of the San Fernando Valley a real nightmare, with transputers crashing in the heat, stuck gyros, and hydraulic leaks. Three grad students and a professor worked steadily for about a month before Hollywood, and then five days on the set and on location to get the robots in about 15 seconds of film. The credits are: Marc Raibert (our prof), and Charles Francois, Rob Playter and Lee Campbell (me) who are students. We three students appear in the film in white lab coats acting like Robot Scientists!! See more »


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Mystery killing with politics background about East-West confrontation
8 November 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The background of the film is the American-Japonese business competition in L.A. where a cop (Wesley Snipes) accused by corruption teams up with old man (Sean Connery) , expert on Japanese world . They're investigating a killing case filmed in videotape recording and located at an important corporation run by powerful manager (Mako)and it implicates a senator (Ray Wise) . The homicide is committed on a boardroom table while a beautiful prostitute is strangled when having sex with her lover , being prime suspect a Japanese executive (Gary -Hiroyuki Tagawa). The identity of the murderer is taken by a security camera on a missing disk . Meantime , another tough police( Harvey Keitel) is also investigating and they're helped by a gorgeous video expert (Tia Carrere). Soon discover on the final breaking point that even the truth can lie .

The tale mingles suspense , thriller , mystery , quick action , buddy movie and is quite entertaining . However , the complicated script contains some flaws and gaps , originating fails on credibility but gets its nice moments here and there . Based on controversial novel by Michael Crichton , it is adapted by Philip Kaufman and Crichton, blending business, Japanese customs, high technology and international politics, turning out some confusing and silly . For that reason, the screenplay was rewritten several times, focusing more the killing suspense and relying heavily on relationship between two leads and the differences US-Japan . Michael Crichton, author of the book and co-author of the screenplay, wrote the part of Connor with Sean Connery in mind. Writers Michael Crichton and Michael Backes quit the project largely over disagreement with director Philip Kaufman that one of the lead characters should be changed into an African-American . Evocative Japanese music score by Takemitsu (Kurosawa's usual musician) and appropriate cinematography with stylized camera techniques by Michael Chapman . This one gets acceptable direction by Philip Kaufman (Quills, Right stuff, Body snatchers) . The film will appeal to Wesley Snipes and Sean Connery fans.


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