Rising Sun

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Striving to downplay the more racist elements of Michael Crichton's novel, Kaufman's PC adaptation falls awkwardly between the conventions of the Hollywood conspiracy thriller and something intended as more artily significant. When a good-time girl is found dead at a party given by a Japanese conglomerate, various cops - boorish lieutenant Keitel, liaison officer Snipes, and Connery's semi-retired expert on all things Japanese - move in to investigate. Connery lectures at length on his favourite subject, which wouldn't be so dull if the suspense was more adroitly handled, but Kaufman, regrettably, gets the pacing all wrong. Blowup-style video detection scenes provide a modicum of interest.

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Duration: 129 mins

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Director: Philip Kaufman
Screenwriter: Philip Kaufman, Michael Crichton, Michael Backes
Cast: Sean Connery
Wesley Snipes
Harvey Keitel
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Kevin Anderson
Steve Buscemi
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