Rising Sun (film)
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|Directed by||Philip Kaufman|
|Produced by||Peter Kaufman|
|Written by||Michael Crichton
|Music by||Tōru Takemitsu|
|Editing by||Stephen A. Rotter
William S. Scharf
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release date(s)||July 30, 1993|
|Running time||125 minutes|
Rising Sun is a 1993 film directed by Philip Kaufman, starring Sean Connery (who was also an executive producer), Wesley Snipes, Harvey Keitel, and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. Kaufman, 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 (Tatjana Patitz) is found dead, apparently after a violent sexual encounter. Police Detective Web Smith (Wesley Snipes) and John Connor (Sean Connery), a former police Captain and expert on Japanese affairs, are sent to investigate.
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). After recovering the original unaltered footage, the video shows the prostitute was only unconscious following rough sex with a powerful politician at the party, and a company employee strangled her after the politician left. The head of the company was unaware of the crime and subsequent cover-up, and exiles the perpetrator of the cover-up to a desk job in Japan. The murderer himself runs away when he is identified, but is soon taken care of by Eddie's Yakuza friends, who bury him in wet concrete.
- 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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