Rising Sun


Rising Sun

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Based on a Michael Crichton best-seller, Philip Kaufman's look at power, corruption and lies in Japanese-owned corporate America follows veteran-cop John Connor (Sean Connery) and his rookie partner Web Smith (Wesley Snipes) as they investigate the death of a prostitute whose body was found in the boardroom of a high-powered, Japanese-run Los Angeles conglomerate.


Sean Connery
as John Connor
Wesley Snipes
as Web Smith
Harvey Keitel
as Tom Graham
Kevin Anderson
as Bob Richmond
as Yoshida-san
Ray Wise
as Sen. John Morton
Stan Egi
as Ishihara
Stan Shaw
as Phillips
Tia Carrere
as Jingo Asakuma
Steve Buscemi
as Willy `The Weasel' Wilhelm
Tatjana Patitz
as Cheryl Lynn Austin
Daniel von Bargen
as Chief Olson/Interrogator
Amy Hill
as Hsieh
Tom Dahlgren
as Jim Donaldson
Michael Chapman
as Fred Hoffman
Joey Miyashima
as Young Japanese Negotiator
Nelson Mashita
as Young Japanese Negotiator
Tony Ganios
as Doorman Guard
Toshishiro Obata
as Guard at Imperial Arms
Jeff Imada
as Eddie Sakamura's Yakuza
Max Kirishima
as Eddie Sakamura's Yakuza
Scot Anthony Robinson
as First Brother
Keith Hickles
as Another Brother
Carl A. McGee
as Guy at Window
Max Grodénchik
as Club Manager
Jessica Tuck
as Senator Morton's Aide
Tak Kubota
as Nakamoto Yukuza
Fumio Demura
as Nakamoto Yakuza
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
as Eddie Sakamura
Tadashi Yamashita
as Nakamoto Yakuza
Dan Butler
as Ken Shubik
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Critic Reviews for Rising Sun

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (27)

  • A major disappointment from first-class director Philip Kaufman.

    Dec 6, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • It would be nice to see Connery doing something intrinsically interesting instead of trying to make something inherently dull entertaining. And it would be good to see Snipes cut loose more than he is able to here.

    Nov 5, 2008 | Full Review…
  • As the plot grows more intricate, strangely the tension dissipates, until finally the movie just seems to run out of breath.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Top Critic
  • When working in genre territory before, the idiosyncratic Kaufman has shown a marked tendency to debunk or subvert conventions. Playing it straight here, he brings little to the table.

    Apr 9, 2008

    Todd McCarthy

    Top Critic
  • I found it pretty entertaining, as well as provocative in some of its comments about contemporary life.

    Apr 9, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Kaufman's PC adaptation falls awkwardly between the conventions of the Hollywood conspiracy thriller and something intended as more artily significant.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Rising Sun

  • Dec 11, 2011
    Entertaining. A whodunit that keeps you on your toes by sending the viewer down wrong paths as you try to determine who the killer is. Sean Connery usually does a great job acting, and this movie is no exception.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2011
    the clash of cultures was fun to watch. the book was much more interesting but it was fun to watch these characters walking around. it works in certain cases but overall its a bit of a miss
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 22, 2011
    A film that could have been so much more. Uneven pacing, and a plot that at first appears interesting and intelligent, yet eventually becomes asinine and ambiguous. Still, Snipes and Connery have surprisingly good chemistry, and it features one of the most underrated character actors of all time, Harvey Keitel. Overall the film is a bit of a mess, sometimes appearing worthwhile, and other times too confused and meandering.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2011
    An awful, misguided mess of a movie. Every actor seems out of place, every line of dialogue contrived, every shlock moment of gratuitous sex or violence obviously engineered to evoke a reaction, which it does not. It has been said that this adaptation removes the anti-Japanese bias of the book, but in trying to soften the blow the filmmakers have tripped themselves up and are left with something that is still wholly offensive and startlingly obtuse in its ignorance. It seems that director Philip Kaufman had a film camera in one hand and a checklist of stereotypes in the other. There are no genuine moments of action or thrills in this plodding, so-called "action-thriller", and the high-tech element of photography forensics now seems awfully dated. This was a time when Wesley Snipes was a viable action star, but he spends the whole movie in dazed disbelief. When even Sean Connery visibly gives up on the project, one knows he is in deep trouble.
    Jedd Y Super Reviewer

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