Michael Crichton's best-selling anti-Japanese diatribe has reached the screen under Philip Kaufman's direction softened into a glitzy, high-tech thriller, more to do with sexual deviance than international economic conspiracy, though it still manages to be offensive. More surprising, given its participants, is the fact that it is also transparent and tedious. When a busty hooker and coke freak, kept by Eddie Sakamura Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa , a karaoke-loving Japanese ne'er-do-well with corporate and Yakuza gangster connections, is strangled mid-orgasm in the executive suite of a spanking new Japanese corporation headquarters in downtown L. Called in to investigate her death are John Connor Connery , a maverick detective of suspect loyalties, steeped in Japanese culture from years of living in the Orient, whose position in the investigation of this diplomatically embarrassing sex murder is never entirely clear, partnered by Snipes' police lieutenant who is nominally in charge but ignorant of the Japanese with whom he is supposed to liaise.
July 30, Some called it tough-minded and incisive. Others saw it as unmitigated Japan-bashing. Advance word on the movie indicated that the filmmakers were toning down any anti-Japan overtones the book might have harbored. In its finished form, however, the picture hardly paints an attractive portrait of Japanese business methods or the people who engage in them.
East and West clash as two American homicide detectives Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes investigate a murder that is supposedly being covered up by a Japanese corporation. One violent, very explicit sex scene where oral sex is implied, and the woman is eventually choked; this scene is shown several times on video. A man eats sushi off a nude woman's stomach while another nude woman watches.
Although, in many respects, Rising Sun is a conventional mystery-thriller, the film also operates as a fascinating juncture on multiple levels. In terms of cast, Rising Sun boasts the great Connery plus Snipes in his 90s prime. And in terms of story, the fairly standard mystery set-up an escort girl is found dead during a business party is spiced up with both a West-meets-East clash of cultures and friction between the two police officers, with their very different backgrounds and expertise. The adaptation of Rising Sun also exhibits conflict and tension as the L. Times reported in spring