‘Black Rain’ (1989)

December 16, 2020Black Rain is a movie focusing on the Yakuza in Japan from a time before Japanese culture became a mainstream interest in the United States. Thanks to the feature’s era — and its contrast to late 80s/early 90s America — there are scenes in this film that seem futuristic even though they reflect everyday Japan at the time of filming. In many ways, Black Rain serves as an underappreciated transition between the light-hearted buddy cop movies of the 80s, and the grittier cop movies that the 90s produced.

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