Reviewed Jun 04, 2012
Kurt Halfyard’s review:
The end of Scott's reign of stylistic excesses in the 1980s, Black Rain was far more fizzle than sizzle upon its initial release, and only looks worse twenty-odd years later. The film aims for a contemporary Blade Runner setting in the the harshly lit mean-streets, markets and nightclubs of Tokyo and it is safe to say that visually, the film is interesting (as are all of Scott's films) but as a police procedural which tries grasp and diffuse the US/Japanese tensions of the decade, the script is an abject disaster. Not only postulates that Japanese would be a lot more effective at ... something ... if they just adopted the American cowboy approach. It makes not a lick of sense from a police procedural standpoint, or for that matter a gang-war one. There is suspending disbelief then there is watching Black Rain.
Further writing on Black Rain coming up Monday on Rowthree's Ridley Scott Retrospective: www.rowthree.com/