[[caption-width-right:260:[-Like Creator/SylvesterStallone in ''Film/{{Cobra}}'' Michael Douglas is trying '''way''' too hard to look cool in this movie.-] ]]

->''[[{{Tagline}} "An American Cop in Japan. Their country. Their laws. Their game. His rules."]]''

'''''Black Rain''''' is a 1989 American action-thriller film starring Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw and Yusaku Matsuda. The film was directed by Creator/RidleyScott.

Detective Nick Conklin didn't need any more complications in his life. His ex-wife, the alimony payments, the rest of his bills, his kids, the occasional motorcycle street race and the InternalAffairs department investigating him for corruption were more than enough to keep him busy. But things ''really'' got interesting one day when he was eating lunch with his partner Charlie, and they happen to look over and see a known Mafia capo eating lunch and doing business with some Japanese gentlemen. Then a second group of Japanese men come into the restaurant, kill that first group, then flee. Nick and Charlie go after them, and after a tough chase that nearly costs Nick his life, they manage to bring the leader in.

It turns out the guy they caught is called Sato, and he's a notorious member of the {{Yakuza}} who is at the top of the wanted lists back in Japan. To get Nick out of the way of the IA investigation, and let him clear his head, their captain has Nick and Charlie escort Sato back to Osaka. Before they're even off the plane, they are met by a couple of detectives who take Sato off their hands. Looks like it's time to relax and take it easy on a nice little vacation... and then about a minute later the real detectives show up looking for Sato. Turns out those other guys were Sato's men.


Desperate not to give further fuel to IA, (and maybe to just do something right) Nick insists on staying in Japan to assist the Japanese police catch Sato. (Not that most of the local cops want anything to do with the pair of them). Older detective Masahiro Masamoto becomes their guide as they get drawn deeper and deeper into the Yakuza's underworld, an underworld which is on the brink of a major confrontation...

The film was nominated for Oscars in Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95-bc1DZovg Trailer]].

Compare with ''Film/TheYakuza'', a Creator/SydneyPollack film with a similar plot but a different take on themes.

Not to be confused with the Masuji Ibuse novel of the same name, or the various [[UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki documentaries about the end of WWII]] with similar titles.

!!Tropes associated with this work:

* BadassBiker: Nick himself is one, and Sato just happens to lead a gang of them.
* BigBad: Sato.
* ByTheBookCop: Mas.
* ChekhovsSkill: Motorcycle racing shows up again at the end.
* CounterfeitCash: The basis of the Yakuza plan, counterfeit American money.
* CowboyCop: Nick. Heavily deconstructed: Nick gets a lot of flak from both American and Japanese cops for his methods, has an IA investigation ongoing, and [[spoiler: outright steals money]]. He's wavering between Chaotic Good and Chaotic Neutral for most of the movie.
* CultureClash: You better believe it.
* DirtyCop: [[spoiler:Nick really is stealing money]].
* DisappointedInYou: Masashiro's understated response to [[spoiler:Nick admitting that he stole money, which Charlie didn't know about.]]
-->'''Masashiro:''' "You shame him. And me. And yourself."
-->'''Nick:''' ''[long pause]'' [[HeelRealization I know]].
* TheDon: Sugai.
* {{Eagleland}}: Apparently the Japanese believe in this stereotype, and it shows in their scorn towards the protagonists. Nick, for his part, is not exactly diplomatic, since he feels that Sato is "my collar, my case".
* EnemyMine: Nick and Sugai make a deal in order to take down Sato.
* TheEighties: [[ExaggeratedTrope Exaggerated]]. As the custom of TheEighties dictated, it ran solely on the RuleOfCool: tough cops which try too hard to be tough, [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld fear of Japan's power]], [[{{Badass}} badassitude]], bomber jackets, [[CityNoir gritty postindustrial landscape]] alternating with neon-infested cities, gunslinging, ridiculously violent gangsterism, hot nightclub girls in {{Stripperiffic}} dresses, and Paul Verhoeven of ''Film/RoboCop1987'' and ''Film/BasicInstinct'' fame had been originally chosen to direct it.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The traditional yakuza despise Sato's methods and attitude, leading to the EnemyMine above.
** Subverted when Sato points out that his yakuza boss had no problem with his methods when Sato still worked for him.
* FishOutOfWater
* {{Funny Foreigner}}s: The American cops are this to the Japanese. In particular, a couple of girls in a nightclub are very amused by Nick and Charlie getting tricked by Sato's men.
* FunWithForeignLanguages
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Nick's style of fighting.
** FightingDirty: Nick's ''other'' fighting style.
* TheHeart: Charlie.
* IdenticalLookingAsians: When trying to identify the fake cops:
-->'''Nick''': Unbelievable, identical strangers.
* IfYouDieICallYourStuff / CouldSayItBut: [[spoiler:After Charlie gets killed, Masahiro hands Nick his personal effects. Which includes Charlie's confiscated firearm.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Subverted. At the end of the final fight Nick is clearly considering doing this to Sato, and Sato's look seems to indicate that he expects Nick to do so. However, the scene cut shows Nick bringing Sato into the police precinct.]]
** [[spoiler: Creator/RidleyScott shot an alternative ending where Sato is impaled on a spike.]]
* InternalAffairs: They've been busting Nick's friends, and now they're hot on his trail too.
* ItsPersonal: [[spoiler:After Charlie is murdered by Sato, Nick will do anything to bring Sato down.]]
* LifeOfTheParty: Charlie.
* TheMafia: Very brief appearance in the beginning of the film, making a deal with some {{yakuza}}.
* MightyWhitey: Although Nick comes off as uncouth, completely out of his depth in Japan and so on, he takes down Sato virtually singlehanded, while all Japanese cops except Mas come off as useless, {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s who haven't been able to do anything useful the whole time. (Or even before the movie started, for that matter).
* MobWar: The tensions between Sato and Sugai's factions are simmering and just waiting to erupt.
* MoralityPet: Criticising Nick directly doesn't get through to him. Pointing out that his [[spoiler: stealing money]] shames Charlie does.
* MotiveRant: Sugai gives a calm but anger filled one about why he despises America and is Yakuza.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Nick and Charlie think they're delivering a notorious criminal into custody, but they're actually playing right into his plans and he ends up going free. The rest of the movie is spent trying to fix this.
* NobleBigotWithABadge: Nick shows some xenophobia, but he eventually gets better.
* NotSoDifferent: [[TheHero Nick]] and [[BigBad Sato]] both get into trouble with their superiors for not following the rules, both are fond of bikes, both have [[AxCrazy moments of instability]].
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler: How Sato kills Charlie.]]
* PoliceAreUseless
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Nick. It appears he has some strong xenophobic feelings about Japanese people, or maybe even Asian people in general.
* {{Recut}}: There are rumors of a director's cut that adds on about half an hour to the movie.
* RedOniBlueOni: Charlie is the Blue to Nick's Red, while Masahiro is even more on the Blue side.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Charlie]]
* SinisterShades: Sato and most of his gang wear these.
* TheStarscream: Sato was Sugai's lieutenant before starting a war with him for his own territory.
* SwordDrag: Sato [[spoiler: right before he kills Charlie]]
* TactfulTranslation: Charlie tries to soften Nick's words on occasion.
* TitleDrop: Sugai does this during his MotiveRant.
--> '''Sugai''': I was 10 when the B-29 came. My family lived underground for three days. We when came up the city was gone. Then the heat brought rain. ''Black Rain''.
* UnscrupulousHero: Nick. He is xenophobic, violent, semi-alcoholic [[spoiler: and he has also illegally stolen some drug money]] but we see him trying to do the right thing throughout the film and he has his better moments too.
* WithThisHerring: Nick and Charlie's guns are confiscated when they arrive in Japan. They then proceed to take on the Japanese underworld.
* {{Yakuza}}
* {{Yubitsume}}: The villain does it, remarkably. [[spoiler:It also has some plot relevance, as the fresh injury bothers Sato in his last fight with Nick.]]