adapted as "Rising Sun"
Published: March 1992
Synopsis: A beautiful paid "escort," whose clients include the rich and famous, is found raped and strangled to death on a conference table in the 46th floor executive offices of Nakamoto Industries' new American headquarters in Los Angeles. One floor below, a grand opening celebration is taking place with a guest list of powerful who's who, including executives from Nakamoto, civic leaders, politicos and their hangers-on.
Upon the discovery of the murder victim, Detective Peter Smith, a member of Special Services, the police department's diplomatic section that acts as a liaison to the Japanese community, is called in to act as a buffer between Nakamoto and the detective running the case, Tom Graham. Graham's abrasive style, mixed with his dislike of the Japanese, instantly puts off the Japanese building owners. Smith brings John Connor, a retired police detective who is an expert on Japanese customs, to help smooth things over. Smith and Connor start their own unofficial investigation without Graham's knowledge. They sense that there is more to this murder than meets the eye.
The mis-matched team eventually discover the connection between the girl's murder and a Japanese corporation's imminent purchase of an American high-tech company.
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Philip Kaufman, Director
Theatrical release date: 07/30/1993
DVD release date: 05/21/2002
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Cast: Capt. John Connor (Sean Connery), Lt. Web Smith (Wesley Snipes), Lt. Tom Graham (Harvey Keitel), Eddie Sakamura (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), Bob Richmond (Kevin Anderson), Yoshida-san (Mako), Senator John Morton (Ray Wise), Ishihara (Stan Egi), Phillips (Stan Shaw), Jingo Asakuma (Tia Carrere), Willy "The Weasel" Wilhelm (Steve Buscemi)
Running time: 129 minutes
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