At the offices of a Japanese corporation, during a party, a woman, who's evidently a professional mistress…
Release Year: 1993
Rating: 6.1/10 (19,674 voted)
Stars: Sean Connery, Wesley Snipes, Harvey Keitel
At the offices of a Japanese corporation, during a party, a woman, who's evidently a professional mistress, is found dead, apparently after some rough sex. A police detective, Web Smith is called in to investigate but before getting there, he gets a call from someone who instructs him to pick up John Connor, a former police Captain and expert on Japanese affairs. When they arrive there Web thinks that everything is obvious but Connor tells him that there's a lot more going on.
Writers: Michael Crichton, Philip Kaufman
Capt. John Connor
Lt. Webster Smith
Lt. Tom Graham
Senator John Morton
Willy 'the Weasel' Wilhelm
Cheryl Lynn Austin
Release Date: 30 July 1993
Filming Locations: Japanese Garden, Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant – 6100 Woodley Avenue, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, USA
Opening Weekend: $15,100,000
Did You Know?
Writers Michael Crichton and Michael Backes quit the project largely over disagreement with director Philip Kaufman that one of the lead characters should be changed into an African-American.
Senator Morton receives a color fax on a machine far too simple a model to accept one.
Where are you from, "sempai"? Scotland Yard?
Great Book Turned Into Average Thriller on Film…
There is an old Japanese motto: "Business is war." Well, that sentence is
taken to new heights in the Philip Kaufman thriller "Rising Sun," based on
the best-selling novel by Michael Crichton.
Wesley Snipes plays Web Smith, a Japanese-American liaison officer in LA who
is called on duty after a young woman is found dead at the opening party for
the new Japanese company named Nakamoto. Sean Connery plays John Connor, a
retired liaison officer who is an expert on Japanese customs and culture. He
is requested to come on call as well, and does, trailing along with
When they get to Nakamoto, they find Tom Graham (Harvey Keitel) and other
cops hovering over the body of the dead woman. Soon, foul play is suspected,
and Smith and Connor must find the killer before it is too
"Rising Sun" is taken from a great novel, and turned into an average
thriller. There is nothing spectacular about the film. It stays surprisingly
true to the book, but the very few things that stray from the course of the
novel turn out to be the blunders.
There are no sparks flying between Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes. I think
that Snipes was a bad casting decision. Connery is perfect for the character
of John Connor, but Snipes just doesn't fit Peter Smith – whose name was
changed to Web Smith for the film, for no apparent reason other than Peter
isn't a suiting name for Snipes.
The director/screenplay writer of "Rising Sun" – Philip Kaufman, who brought
us "The Right Stuff" – seems to have charisma and obviously tries to keep
the film true to the book. Unfortunately, however, there is an element of
suspense missing from the film. There are no real surprises. In the novel,
Connery's character John Connor seems to know everything that is going to
happen, but there is still a sense of suspense. In the film, however,
Connery's Connor seems to know TOO much about everything that is going to
happen. Instead of being one step ahead like he was in the book, he seems to
be twenty steps ahead in the film. There is one scene that really jumped out
at me where Connor walks in and says, upon discovering a man believed to be
dead, "Oh, I was wondering when he'd get here!" In the novel, Connor gives a
reason why he knew the man wasn't dead. In the film, he just seems to know
the man is still alive for no apparent reason. If Connor knows everything
that is happening, everything that has happened, and everything that is
going to happen, why keep Web – and us – in the dark?
At least Connery fit the character of Connor – it would have been about ten
times worse if they had chosen someone else.
Believe it or not, the film might have been better if it had NOT been so
close to the book. What I mean by this, is that by making everything just
like the book, Kaufman raises the expectations a notch, and when ONE SINGLE
THING is changed from the book, the audience is disappointed, because by
then we have come to expect everything in the movie to be like the book.
Expectations wouldn't have been so high if he had made everything different
from the book. Which is NOT to say I don't enjoy that he stayed true to the
It's a confusing opinion. In some ways, I enjoy how true to the novel the
film was. But there is just something missing. Even though the cast is top
notch for the most part, Snipes just didn't fit. And while Connery was
perfect as Connor, he seemed to know too much about what is going on. There
is no real suspense. Perhaps that is the biggest flaw of the
A great book turned into an average thriller worth seeing
3/5 stars –