Rising Sun

Rising Sun

By Philip Kaufman

  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Release Date: 1993-07-30
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 2h 9min
  • Director: Philip Kaufman
  • Production Company: Walrus & Associates
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 9.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 512 Ratings


In a world where whoever controls the technology controls the truth, and whoever controls the truth can win the war, Lieutenant Web Smith (Wesley Snipes) — a liaison officer with the LAPD — is called into investigate the murder of a young woman in the boardroom of a Japanese corporation in downtown Los Angeles. A mysterious call puts him together with a strange, shadowy figure, Detective John Connor (Sean Connery), who is rumored to be under the influence of the Japanese. Connor becomes his guide (the senpai) and leads the younger detective (the kohai) through the investigation — through futuristic technological secrets, through ancient ways and loyalties. As the liaisons get closer to the truth, political pressure is applied to get them off the case, and they must race against time to resolve it.




  • Great film based on Crichton’s novel

    By Anagnarosis
    Good script with great performances by Connery and Snipes. Represents quite well the mixture of fear, mystery and allure that comes from coming into contact with Japanese culture. Great film all around!
  • Many Little Somethings

    By Violent Lee
    This was one of my first tastes of Japanese culture. Since I live in Japan now, Rising Sun must have been pretty effective. Good performances from Snipes and Connery, and some star power in the smaller parts (Keitel, Buscemi). Spins a good yarn of a murder mystery that has always kept me engaged. Rising Sun is definitely a bit cheesy at times, but it's well worth a watch and is a movie I'm glad to find for a good price on iTunes.

    By Prophet Amos
    Even the great Sean Connery cannot save this film. The book was incredible.
  • Rising Sun

    By gDogatp
    Awesome film! Now, why a cant I buy it?!?!?
  • An effective film

    By Locktwiste
    I loved the dynamics of the story itself, but what I can't figure out is why iTunes doesn't have this for sale...?