Sun" on DVD
"Rising Sun" is a techno-thriller based upon his novel of the
same name. That book was also a cautionary tale about Americans selling
out their birthright to foreign interests, as well as a supposed wake
up call to Japanese hardball business tactics.
A lot of the harder
edge has been removed from the book for Philip Kaufman's movie version,
but it ends up making the movie a more straightforward action-thriller
and this makes it work better as a movie.
Wesley Snipes plays
Web Smith, a liaison officer with the LAPD who's called to a murder scene
at the grand opening of an ultra-lush Japanese corporate tower. On his
way to the gig, he's told to pick up an associate, who turns out to be
John Conner (Sean Connery), a crusty veteran who's rumored to be more
on side with the Japanese than his own (presumably adopted) people.
Once Connery's on
the scene he takes over, much to Snipes' chagrin. It's best the way, of
course, 'cause Connery really does have a better handle on the situation
and manages it better. Besides, he's a bigger star...
The plot turns out
to be a lot more than a straightforward murder mystery. It's part corporate
espionage, part political corruption, part culture clash, and in the end
it's a good flick that keeps you interested while giving some great insight
into how sophisticated today's technology has become - and why photos
shouldn't be allowed as evidence in court any more.
The cast does a good
job. Connery is, well, Connery, and Snipes is appropriately hot headed
and frustrated at having to kowtow to the old fart about whom he knows
nothing. The supporting cast, including Harvey Keitel, Mako, Cary-Hiroyuki
Tagawa and Tia Carrere is also very good.
The widescreen DVD
is Dolby 5.0 surround and audio/video quality are very good. You don't
get a lot of extras, just the theatrical trailer, chapter stops, and a
bit of cast info. Our review copy was a pre-release screener, which doesn't
have the final packaging, so we can't tell you the status of liner notes
Rising, from 20th
Century Fox Home Video
129 minutes, Widescreen (2.35:1), Dolby Digital
Starring Sean Connery, Wesley Snipes, Harvey Keitel, Mako, Cary-Hiroyuki
Tagawa, Tia Carrere
Produced by Peter Kaufman, Screenplay by Philip Kaufman and Michael Crichton
& Michael Backes
Directed by Philip Kaufman
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