Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Sayonara Black Rain


Marlon Brando falls in love with a Japanese woman.  It's one of those tragic love stories in an exotic location Hollywood did a lot of in the late fifties. It's slow, with stilted conversations and everybody is sleepwalking, including the camera. Brando is wasted - they should have asked Rock Hudson. Ricardo Montalban plays a Japanese man (and almost gets away with it) and apparently they also offered Audrey Hepburn the role as the Japanese love interest, but she wisely turned it down.

Black Rain:

Michael Douglas has to capture some yakuza guy in Tokyo. I saw this in the cinema when it came out. A second viewing now didn't improve my opinion. It's an 80s film, so will Douglas have a mullet and will there be a shitty synth score? Yes. It's directed by Ridley Scott, so will there be neon, smoke and wet pavements? Yes. Is it a good film? 'S okay, but too long. It looks good, very Bladerunnerish, but with a weak, clichéd script, you can't help but notice Scott's usual bag of visual tricks.

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