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[[caption-width-right:300:[-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, directed by Creator/RidleyScott and starring Creator/MichaelDouglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw and Yusaku Matsuda.

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.

Oops.

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 Peter Weir's ''Film/TheLastWave'', which was released in America as ''Black Rain''. Or the Masuji Ibuse novel of the same name. Or the various [[UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki documentaries about the end of WWII]] with similar titles.

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!!Tropes associated with this work:

* BadassBiker: Nick himself is one, as he participates in street races for cash and is implied to win in most cases. Sato just happens to lead a gang of biker criminals as well.
* BigBad: Sato, TheUnfettered gangster looking to claim control of a large section of the Japanese underworld.
* BilingualBackfire: Nick has a habit of assuming that the Japanese don't understand him when they don't immediately respond, only to run headfirst into this trope.
-->'''Nick Conklin:''' Just hope they got a Nip in this building who speaks fucking English.\\
'''Matsumoto Masahiro:''' [overhearing] Assistant Inspector Matsumoto Masahiro, Criminal Investigation section, Osaka Prefecture police. And I do speak fucking English.
* ByTheBookCop: Mas is a principled cop who does good work, and does it by the book, although being around Nick convinces him that there are times when rules need to be bent for the greater good.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Because the production's work visa in Japan ran out, the climactic farm scenes were filmed in Napa Valley, California.
* ChekhovsSkill: The first scene of the movie involves Nick participating in and winning a motorcycle street race. At the very end of the movie, Nick has to attempt to catch Sato on a motorcycle.
* CounterfeitCash: The basis of the Yakuza plan, counterfeit American money that is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.
* CowboyCop: Nick is one, and he's a big deconstruction of the trope. Nick gets a lot of flak from both American and Japanese cops for his methods, has an IA investigation ongoing, and [[spoiler:has outright stolen drug money]]. He's wavering between being a flawed guy who tries to do something right and a selfish, self-righteous JerkAss making excuses for his own failings for most of the movie.
* CultureClash: The culture clash between the blunt, rude, xenophobic New York cops and the button downed, insular, bureaucratic Japanese counterparts plays a large role in the movie. And even beyond that, to say that Nick doesn't fit in with or get Japanese culture is quite an understatement.
* DeadpanSnarker: Joyce is pretty good at doing this routine. Nick is a sarcastic bastard himself and has his moments, but mostly lacks the required deadpan delivery. An example of Joyce's deadpan at work:
-->'''Nick:''' Who else knows about this war? (Between Sato and Sugai)\\
'''Joyce:''' Counting you and me? [beat] Eleven million people.
* 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 is a don in the Yakuza, and definitely gets the [[Film/TheGodfather Vito Corleone]] treatment of being an old don from a past time with more morals and a NobleDemon approach, as opposed to the new generation led by Sato.
* {{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 and doesn't do much to disprove some aspects of the stereotype, even when he's right.
* 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 with Nick. Subverted when Sato points out that his yakuza boss had no problem with his methods when Sato still worked for him.
* FishOutOfWater: A large portion of the movie is simply watching Nick flail and fail as he tries to survive in Tokyo.
* {{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, who is relentlessly good natured, cheerful, and has a great way with people, usually to make them feel better about their problems.
* IdenticalLookingAsians: When trying to identify the fake cops:
-->'''Nick''': Unbelievable, identical strangers.
* IfYouDieICallYourStuff[=/=]CouldSayItBut: [[spoiler:After Charlie gets killed, Masahiro hands Nick Charlie's personal effects, and tells him how the Japanese have a tradition of taking a single object from the deceased to remember them. The personal effects in question includes Charlie's confiscated firearm, and Nick is sorely in need of one. [[LetsGetDangerous Nick gets the hint]].]]
* 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. Creator/RidleyScott ''did'' shoot 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. The man certainly knows how to liven up a night of karaoke and drinks, for one.
* 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 singlehandedly, 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 [[TranquilFury calm but anger filled]] one about why he despises America and is Yakuza.
-->I was ten years old when the B-29 came. My family lived underground for three days. When we came up, the city was gone. Then the heat brought rain. Black rain. You made the rain BLACK. You shoved your values down our throats until we forgot who we were. You created Sato and the thousands like him. I'm paying you back.
* 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: At least the Japanese police are, judging by how the film depicts them. And American police are obnoxious, xenophobic, and morally compromised, but they can at least do ''something'' if pushed.
* 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: Nick is simmering pot of passion and rage. Charlie and especially Mas contrast this by being more socially acceptable and easy going (in the case of Charlie) or calm and analytical {{foil}}s.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Charlie will spend the first hour or so of the movie winning your heart... only for it to break when Sato and his men kill him.]]
* 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 takes this up a few notches by doing this from on top of a moving motorcycle [[spoiler:when he kills Charlie.]]
* TactfulTranslation: Charlie tries to soften Nick's words to the Japanese 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.
* WonTheWarLostThePeace: At one point Mas voices the opinion that this happened to the US with regards to WWII. In his opinion, the US won the war, but forgot what made it work so well, while the Japanese learned from their own mistakes and American strengths and took over in peacetime. Of course, history hasn't treated Mas' point of view very well in the decades since...
-->'''Mas:''' Perhaps you should think less of yourself and more of your group, try to work like in Japanese. I grew up with your soldiers; you were wise then. Now - music and movies are all America is good for. [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld We make the machines, we build the future, we won the peace]].
* {{Yakuza}}: The main antagonists. Sato, the BigBad, is an ambitious young Yakuza looking to claim his place alongside, or over, the older generation like Sugai, and he's willing to hijack their plans and schemes to do so.
* {{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.]]
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