Cast: Michael Douglas, Andy García, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw
Director Ridley Scott's international crime thriller stars Michael Dougl as as Mike Conklin, a New York detective under investigation for corrup tion. When yakuza hit man Sato (Yusaku Matsuda) kills two American mobst ers in New York, he's extradited to Osaka to face trial, with Conklin a nd Charlie Vincent (Andy Garcia) as his escorts. Mistakenly turning over their prisoner to yakuza disguised as police, Conklin and Vincent real ize, after running down some blind alleys, that they have no chance of f inding Sato in the unfamili ar city and enlist the services of Japanese desk cop Masahiro "Mas" Masumoto (Ken Takakura). While relaxing with Mas at a karaoke ba r, the cops also get information on the world of the ya kuza from Joyce Kinglsey (Kate Capshaw), a high-class bargirl. As they c ontin ue the search for Sato, the scrupulous, methodical, and civilized style of Japanese police work rubs the improvisational, rule-break ing A mericans the wrong way. But when Vincent is murdered, Mas and Conklin re alize that success will come only through a blending of investigative a nd cultural styles. The almost impenetrably sooty, neon-saturated city o f Osaka is superbly photographed by future d irector Jan de Bont.