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Rising Sun

Still of Sean Connery and Philip Kaufman in Rising SunStill of Wesley Snipes and Philip Kaufman in Rising Sun


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)

Philip Kaufman

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


Sean Connery

Capt. John Connor

Wesley Snipes

Lt. Webster Smith

Harvey Keitel

Lt. Tom Graham

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Eddie Sakamura

Kevin Anderson

Bob Richmond



Ray Wise

Senator John Morton

Stan Egi


Stan Shaw


Tia Carrere

Jingo Asakuma

Steve Buscemi

Willy 'the Weasel' Wilhelm

Tatjana Patitz

Cheryl Lynn Austin

Peter Crombie


Sam Lloyd


Alexandra Powers


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

Gross: $63,095,271

Technical Specs



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.


Factual errors:
Senator Morton receives a color fax on a machine far too simple a model to accept one.


Web Smith:
Where are you from, "sempai"? Scotland Yard?

John Connor:
Scotland Backyard.

User Review

Great Book Turned Into Average Thriller on Film…


"Rising Sun"

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 –

John Ulmer