This tantalizing entry in the Japan-bashing thriller sweepstakes is more suspenseful than bigger-budgeted Hollywood packages like RISING SUN. Peopled with paranoia-driven characters, ULTERIOR MOTIVES deals with industrial espionage, governmental cover-ups, media madness, and xenophobia in
an arresting, pulse-quickening manner.
Proceeding from a tip and a hunch, New York Times reporter Erica Boswell (Mary Page Keller) hires a private investigator, Jack Blaylock (Thomas Ian Griffith), recommended by her ex-stepfather, "Uncle" Malcolm Carter (Ken Howard). The story involves suspected sale of military secrets, and Boswell
sees George Sakagami (Hayward Nish...