Directed by Philip Kaufman from the best-selling novel by Michael Crichton, RISING SUN is a triumph of style over content. Like BLADE RUNNER, the film grafts a fiercely modernist feel onto characters and themes right out of a 1940s film noir--an impressive achievement that more than makes
up for a ponderous storyline.
Most of the factors deemed anti-Japanese in Crichton's novel have been removed or softened for the film, which revolves around the murder of a young woman at the LA office of a huge Asian corporation. The key players are John Connor (Sean Connery), a police detective whose love of all things
Japanese has many colleagues doubting his motives, and ...