Movie Review of Black Rain, by Jezebell Mae

DIRECTED BY: RIDLEY SCOTT
STARRING: ANDY GARCIA AND MICHAEL DOUGLAS
(HISTORICAL FACTS FOUN ON I.M.D.B AND POSTED BY DIRKIN20 IN 2008 AND DATES FROM WIKIPEDIA)
BY: JEZEBELL AAREN MAE

And now for a true classic and the real first Forgotten Classic of our alternative Ezine, Ridley Scotts 1989 thriller Black rain, I can but hope you have at least heard of this movie but then it would almost fail in its claim. It follows the story of two New York cops who travel to Japan when they are charged with retuning a captured Yakuza member to his native country. And, at first, inadvertently walk right into the middle of a Yakuza war, I know typically stupid foreigners. But sadly, the Yakuza know exactly what to do with them and then ensues an all embodying story of murder, justice, honour and true friendship.

Douglas and Garcia are fantastic in what is perhaps the best work of their careers, they both shine equally and share the weight of the movie together – unlike in some where one actor will carry the whole thing and the others are merely just there. I refuse to describe the particulars of the story or relate the in trepidation as nothing I can write can portray what you get with the reality unfolding right in front of you when you watch it.

As in all good and better movies the soundtrack increases the extremity of each and every individual stir we feel and Black Rain is no different, every note coveys pretty much exactly what you are feeling because of the story. Every indifference you might have in your opinion or lack of emotion you can still see it in the movie, understand what the individual characters are going through and what each action they make means to them. Yes, I know, it is just a movie but who doesnt get involved with what they are engaged in?
A rhetorical question, do not make me answer it.

The piece as a whole is very well structured and though lacks in imagery makes up for it in cinematography which captures the vastness of every instance even the trivial aspects that take place in confined spaces. Eastern tradition and sensibilities meet Western stereotypes and combine perfectly in this timeless modern classic – Black Rain is an all encompassing tale that should have its place in all our movie collections.

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