Black Rain

Black Rain

Shohei Imamura (1988)

PG Certificate


Our Score
From its devastating re-creation of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, this intense and affecting drama exercises the fiercest of grips. Set mainly five years on from the blast, the story focuses on a woman whose marriage prospects have been dashed because the male population of her country village fear she contracted radiation sickness. Yoshiko Tanaka gives an exceptional performance, as does Keisuke Ishida as the tormented stonemason with whom she strikes up an uneasy relationship. However, the powerful insights into the social and psychological aftermath of the bomb make this very much director Shohei Imamura's film.


Two New York cops arrest a hitman working for the Japanese Mafia, and are ordered to extradite him back to Osaka to stand trial. However, the prisoner gives them the slip on arrival, and as the detectives hunt him down with the aid of local law enforcement officers they become snared in a vicious gang war. Ridley Scott's thriller, starring Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura and Yasaku Matsuda.

Cast & Crew

Yasuko Yoshiko Tanaka
Shigematsu Shizuma Kazuo Kitamura
Shigeko Shizuma Etsuko Ichihara
Shokichi Shoichi Ozawa
Kotaro Norihei Miki
Yuichi Keisuke Ishida
Kin Hisako Hara
Tatsu Masa Yamada
Middle-aged Woman Tamaki Sawa
Katayama Shoji Kobayashi
Director Shohei Imamura
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Other Information

Language: Japanese +subtitlesBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Artificial Eye Film Co. Ltd