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Rising Sun (1993)
R | 2h 9min | Action, Crime, Drama | 30 July 1993 (USA)

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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 »
Stars: Sean Connery, Wesley Snipes, Harvey Keitel | See full cast & crew »
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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

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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Plot Keywords: corpse | eating sushi off naked woman | female frontal nudity | vulva | cmnf | See All (167) »

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

Genres: Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated R for strong sexuality, language and some violence | See all certifications »
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Country: USA
Language: English | Japanese
Release Date: 30 July 1993 (USA) See more »
Also Known As: Sol naciente See more »
Filming Locations: Pacific Electric Building, Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office
Budget:$35,000,000 (estimated)
Gross USA: $63,095,271
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $107,198,790
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Company Credits
Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox, Walrus & Associates See more »
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Technical Specs
Runtime: 125 min
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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One of two Michael Crichton adaptations released in the summer of 1993, the other being Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. Director Philip Kaufman is listed as a story author on Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, for having come up with the Ark of the Covenant premise. He is also co-credited with George Lucas as a character creator on all the subsequent Indiana Jones films, including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which also starred Sean Connery. See more »

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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 »

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Web Smith: Look, “sempai,” apple pie, whatever it is you want me to call you, we have a murder here. I wanna solve it. I don’t wanna hear true confessions, awright?
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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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OK on its own terms
1 September 2007 | by preppy-3 – See all my reviews
A woman is strangled to death while having sex in a Japaneses’ corporation building. Lt. Webster Smith (Wesley Snipes) and Japan expert Captain John Connor (Sean Connery) are assigned to solve it. All the evidence points to her Japanese boyfriend but there’s more to this than meets the eye.

Michael Crichtons novel was a frightening and powerful story about how it seemed (at the time) that Japanese corporations were taking over everything. As an adaptation to that this is a joke. Smith is made black for no good reason, the anti-Japanese slant was toned down a lot, there was no romantic interest between Snipes and Tia Carrere as is shown in this movie and the identity of the killer was completely changed! It really destroyed the book. But, if you ignore the book, this is OK on its own terms.

It’s well done and written and there’s some good acting by Connery, Ray Wise (as a slimy senator), Harvey Keitel (as a cop) and Steve Buscemi (still not sure what he was). But the story is way too convoluted, goes on far too long and has an ending which is more than confusing. Also Connery and Snipes do not work well together. There’s no spark between them–they seem to be acting in different movies. There’s also plenty of pointless female nudity. This lessens what could have been a good strong movie. So it’s an OK thriller. Worth catching if you’re a Connery fan. The book is much better.

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