YMMV / Black Rain

  • Acceptable Targets: The Japanese and Americans from each other's point of view.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Exactly how sympathetic you find Nick might change depending on how you choose to interpret his actions and motivations. Do you see him primarily as a dirty cop, or as a mostly good guy who has made mistakes?
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Pretty much, Nick's decisition to spare Sato's life in their final battle and deliver him to the Japanese authorities, and Sugai's advice to Sato that be patient because he is young and "will have a long life", became this because Yusaku Matsuda was dying of cancer while playing Sato and he passed away only weeks after the film debut.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Sato's murder of Charlie.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: While it's a very well-made example of the "Cowboy Cop on the edge out to clean up this dirty town" movie genre, it's still pretty over-the-top. Watching it today shows just how little parodies of that genre have to exaggerate the tropes.
  • Spiritual Licensee: SNK's Burning Fight was inspired of this movie and of Showdown in Little Tokyo.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Many viewers found that Sugai was a more interesting and complex character, a Noble Demon with a legitimate Freudian Excuse to hate Americans (he was a Hiroshima boy who saw the Atomic bomb drop in his city), and he should have been the Big Bad of the movie instead of Sato, who in comparation almost looks as a generic Card-Carrying Villain.