Thursday, January 15, 2015

Black Rain (1989) - (Michael Douglas) US one-sheet

Black Rain (1989) - (Michael Douglas) US one-sheet poster

This is a US 27" x 40" single-sided one-sheet printed to promote the 1989 Ridley Scott Film Black Rain starring Michael Douglas as Nick Conklin and based on a story by Craig Bolotin and Warren Lewis. Plot summary: The city is Osaka. We see gasoline-powered motorcycles that are too loud and too fast. These are supposed to be symbols of power but they are actually just big noisy toys the people in the movie audience can easily afford. People in movie audiences do not have much power, but most of them would like to have more and can easily be induced to buy motorcycles with the right kind of movie. The tough-guy cops in this film learn momentous life lessons about how to be more convincing tough guys. One of these lessons is that the tough-guy rules in Japan are different than the tough-guy rules in the USA. The film has many night scenes and dark interiors creating a deep mood for an unfolding mystery; this is a feeling that keeps suggesting something startling is about to emerge, but the tale is really a simple one about American detectives who have come to Japan to work with Japanese detectives; the dialogue, like the props and the lighting, is harsh and meant for younger audiences who like competitive action and violence. Example: Nick (Michael Douglas): You've got to choose a side! Joyce (Kate Capshaw): I did: I'm on MY side! Ken Takakura is Masahiro, the Japanese detective who works with the Americans to teach them about Japan and help them arrest a member of the Yakuza gang for extradition back to the USA. As required for all such films, the mission is a success and at the end all the participants part company with strong bonds, snappy punch lines and fond memories.

Cast and crew: Ridley Scott, Craig Bolotin,Warren Lewis, Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw, Yusaku Matsuda, Shigeru Koyama, John Spencer, Guts Ishimatsu, Yuya Uchida, Tomisaburo Wakayama, Miyuki Ono, Luis Guzman, John Costelloe, Stephen Root, Richard Riehle

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