Rising Sun (1993) 3.14/5 (1)


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Rating: The Good – 64.4
Genre: Thriller
Duration: 129 mins
Director: Philip Kaufman
Stars: Sean Connery, Wesley Snipes, Harvey Keitel

Philip Kaufman takes on the task of adapting Michael Chrichton’s novel and creates a largely uneven but interesting story of murder and Japanese corporate intrigue. Sean Connery plays a seasoned cop specialising in Japanese relations who is asked to shepherd a younger detective (Wesley Snipes) as he investigates a murder that seems related to the Japanese corporate takeover of an American company. It’s a fascinating premise and Kaufman does a nice job in imbuing the proceedings with a sense of other-worldliness as we are introduced to the intrigue and ruthlessness of Japanese business culture (using some of the techniques he mastered in his version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers). The two leads work well together and Harvey Keitel pops up here and there to steal the show as a bigoted cop with a chip on his shoulder. Crichton’s story entertains and at times, it even captivates but unfortunately, there are too many broad strokes employed in its adaptation particularly when it comes to the plot construction. Ultimately, Rising Sun counts as an opportunity missed but as a thriller it does manage to offer something different to the norm.

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