Rising Sun (film)
The movie poster for Rising Sun
|Directed by||Philip Kaufman|
|Produced by||Peter Kaufman|
|Written by||Michael Crichton
|Music by||Tōru Takemitsu|
|Edited by||Stephen A. Rotter
William S. Scharf
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||125 minutes|
Rising Sun is a 1993 American crime film written and directed by Philip Kaufman, starring Sean Connery (who was also an executive producer), Wesley Snipes, Harvey Keitel, and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. Michael Crichton and Michael Backes wrote the screenplay, based on Crichton's novel of the same name.
During a party at the United States offices of a Japanese corporation, a professional escort named Cheryl Lynn Austin (Tatjana Patitz) is found dead, apparently after a violent sexual encounter. Police Detectives Web Smith (Wesley Snipes) and John Connor (Sean Connery), a former police Captain and expert on Japanese affairs, are sent to act as liaison between the Japanese and the investigating officer, Smith's former partner Tom Graham (Harvey Keitel).
During the initial investigation, Smith believes the evidence indicates a sexual encounter and murder; however, Connor insists there is a deeper involvement by the corporation. After a grueling investigation, Connor receives a disc which contains the surveillance footage from the night of the murder. This later turns out to be a digitally altered video of the actual murder.
The alteration implicates Eddie Sakamura (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), who is the son of a wealthy Japanese businessman (a longtime friend of Connor). Eddie appears to get killed fleeing a police car chase when his sports car blows up, but it later transpires he was not driving and is eventually killed after a shoot-out with Japanese gunmen, but not before he gives Connor the original unaltered disc. During this it becomes clear that Lt Graham is actually working with the Japanese bad guys. After recovering the original unaltered footage, Connor and Smith find the video shows that the prostitute was only unconscious following rough sex with a powerful US senator (Ray Wise) at the party, and that a company employee strangled her after the senator left. Connor sends stills from the video to the Senator and his entourage, and the Senator commits suicide.
The head of the Japanese corporation claims to have been unaware of the crime and subsequent cover-up, and exiles the perpetrator of the cover-up to a desk job in Japan. Company aide Bob Richmond (Kevin Anderson), apparently identified as the murderer and runs away, but is soon taken care of by Eddie's Yakuza friends, who bury him in wet concrete. In the final scene of the film the half-Japanese computer expert Jingo Asakuma (Tia Carrere) casts doubt on whether he was really the murderer, or was taking the fall to protect someone higher up in the organization.
- Sean Connery as Capt. John Connor
- Wesley Snipes as Lt. Webster "Web" Smith
- Harvey Keitel as Lt. Tom Graham
- Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Edward "Eddie" Sakamura
- Kevin Anderson as Bob Richmond
- Mako as Yoshida-san
- Ray Wise as Senator John Morton
- Stan Egi as Ishihara
- Stan Shaw as Phillips
- Tia Carrere as Jingo Asakuma
- Steve Buscemi as Willy "The Weasel" Wilhelm
- Tatjana Patitz as Cheryl Lynn Austin
- Michele Ruiz as Television Interviewer
Box office performance
Rising Sun was released on 30 July 1993 in 1,510 theaters across the US. It grossed $15,195,941 (24.1% of total gross) on its opening weekend. During its run in theaters, the film grossed $63,179,523 (58.9%) in the US and $44,019,267 (41.1%) overseas for a worldwide total of $107,198,790. The film spent six weeks in the Top 10.
Awards and critical reception
Rising Sun won the ASCAP Award in the category of Top Box Office Films in 1994, and was nominated for a PFS Award in the category for best Exposé in 1994.
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