Overall Rank: 8578
Average Rating: 2.4/4
# of Ratings: 69
Theatrical Release Date: 07/30/1993
Genre: Drama, Crime
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Philip Kaufman
Actors: Sean Connery, Wesley Snipes, Harvey Keitel, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Kevin Anderson, Ray Wise
Plot: Investigating the murder of a woman found in a Japanese-run building in Los Angeles, a LAPD detective teams with a former cop, and Japanese culture expert, to find the one or ones responsible for the death.
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Indyfreak - wrote on 04/10/2015
Michael Crichton's xenophobic bestseller gets adapted for the big screen and it's amusingly dated in regards to its 'clash of civilizations' approach to American-Japanese relations but entertaining thanks to the unlikely pairing of Wesley Snipes and Sean Connery. There's something about the original James Bond dropping f-bombs and choking out bouncers that's too good to write off. Harvey Keitel is the only weak link as a histrionically racist LAPD cop. There are some nicely done plot twists and the central mystery is actually pretty intriguing stuff.
Yojimbo - wrote on 10/15/2012
The usual mix of culture clash/buddy movie/cheesy cop thriller based around Japanese businessmen operating in America. Simplistic and casually racist.
sapien - wrote on 03/07/2010
This was a decent movie. It had the potential to be better though.
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MovieAddict - wrote on 06/02/2012
“Always leave the cage door open so the bird can return.”
Loosely based on a controversial novel by Michael Crichton, Wesley Snipes plays the young homicide detective Web Smith assigned to investigate the murder of an American blonde call girl found strangled to death on the 46th floor of the Nakamoto Tower in downtown L.A where a major deal between Microcom and the Nakamoto Corps was in the process of being sealed!
A retired foreign liaison with expertise on 'Nihondo' (Japanese language) John Conner (played by Sean Connery) is called in to help the current liaison overcome resistance from the Japanese, who are desperate to avoid a scandal but nothing could prepare these two for the mystery they are about to unfold as they become more and more entrapped inside a web of deceit, …
The M.O.W. - wrote on 08/02/2008
A call girl has been murdered at a Japanese office building in Los Angeles, and the current liaison officer to the Japanese, "Web Smith" (Wesley Smipes) has been called in to help investigate. However, on his way to the murder scene, he gets a call to pick up a former cop (Sean Connery) who knows much about Japanese culture and its people.
Together, they are involved in a major culture clash where the Japanese business men want to wipe the case under the carpet. However, they look for the murderer as the law states. But they find more than just a killer.
There are a lot of unexpected twists in this movie. And that is the reason to watch it, despite that the movie lags at times. Some twists may have you think you predicted it minutes before it happens on-screen, but the film will …
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