Rising Sun (1993)
When the body of a young woman is found dead on the conference table of the prestigious Nakamoto Corporation during a dinner party to celebrate a huge deal that was just reached with the American company Mircocon, Special Detective Web Smith (Wesley Snipes) is placed on the case. Even though the murder occurred in Los Angeles, due to Japanese culture, the Japanese wish to keep the investigation “in house” and refuse to cooperate with the police. Because of this difficult factor, Detective Smith is paired with a Japanese culture “specialist” John Conner (Sean Connery) and together they form a team in order to uncover the corruption that surrounded this woman’s murder.
Appearing on my personal Top 100 list, Rising Sun is written by the famous author Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, Disclosure, Sphere, Congo). What I love so much about this movie is the investigation and the way the cultural differences add a different dimension to your typical “hide the evidence” mystery. The central plot revolves around this young woman’s murder and the murder is caught on film, however, due to plenty of cover-ups and switches, the video is lost, and copies are altered. The whole movie makes you think about what really happened and who is doing what. I love the pair of Snipes and Connery as they play their type casts well. Plus who doesn’t like a movie with Sean Connery being a witty crime solver. To some, Rising Sun may be too dialogue based or play out too much like a long episode of a TV show, but isn’t that why CSI has 3 spin offs and everyone in the world watches it?!? Take my word, if you like mystery/thrillers in the style of a Sherlock Holmes story, you can’t go wrong with a story from Michael Crichton starring Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes (when he was famous)! Co-starring Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Harvey Keitel, Tia Carrere, Ray Wise, and Kevin Anderson.
9/10 Stars – Good murder-mystery that will keep you thinking from beginning to end. Did I mention Sean Connery and Michael Crichton?
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