Rising Sun Blu-ray Review – 90’s Connery/Snipes Crime Action

It’s time for the Rising Sun blu-ray review which is part of Sean Connery season. This one also stars Wesley Snipes.

  • Rising Sun (1993)
  • Genre: Crime, Action, Drama
  • UK Rating 18
  • Discs: 1  
  • Released By Twentieth Century Fox
  • Stars: Sean Connery, Wesley Snipes, Harvey Keitel, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Kevin Anderson, Mako, Tia Carrere, Ray Wise, Stan Shaw


Wesley Snipes plays cop Web Smith who is called in when a woman is found dead at a Japanese corporate office during a big party event for a proposed business deal. He is told to pick up John Connor (Sean Connery) who will assist him. They proceed to the scene of the crime finding the Japanese businessmen less than helpful.

What at first glance looks like a straightforward murder soon takes on a far more complex and sinister reality.

With plenty of political influence with a proposed takeover of a US company by the Japanese, someone is out to cover-up the true identity of the murderer.

The story is based on the novel by Michael Crichton.

Style / Direction

The film was directed by Philip Kaufman with the cinematography being handled by Michael Chapman. This is a clash of cultures film between American and Japan and the different traditions both countries have.

The car scenes are frequently used to allow Sean Connery’s character to impart valuable advice to Wesley Snipes character and vice versa. This is a good way of showing the mentor and student relationship between the two whilst breaking up the actual investigation of crime scenes and suspects.

The pacing is about right, it’s not a ninety mile an hour affair it slowly draws you in sparking your interest more and more.

Music / Audio Effects

he music is provided by Toru Takemitsu and certainly does the job it’s intended to do without being particularly memorable.

Acting / Characters

With two strong leading actors Connery and Snipes you would like to think something special is about to happen. Thankfully it does their chemistry makes the film a far more enjoyable experience.

Sean Connery plays a cop who having lived in Japan is familiar with their culture and the way they operate.  Connery is on top form delivering a dry humoured and commanding performance.

Wesley Snipes compliments Connery perfectly going along with the Japanese expert. Don’t worry he has his opportunity to reverse roles briefly and show Connery a thing or two!

Conclusion: Rising Sun (1993) Film Review

Plenty of of action and dry humour makes Rising Sun an enjoyable and intriguing crime action drama. With both Connery and Snipes on top form this is one you should ensure you add to your Blu-ray collection.

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Conclusion: Rising Sun Blu-ray Review

The good news is the picture quality is pretty much perfect with no speckles or dirt marks anywhere to be found. What we have is a clear and sharp image with vibrant colours. They may be the odd scene that looks a little noisier than I’d like but these are very rare.

Very good.


No extras are included which would have been nice, however the picture quality comes first in my opinion and any extras I treat as a bonus.

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Rising Sun Blu-ray Review (1993)

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Rising Sun (1993) Film Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster with trailer…

Clip not representative of the Blu-ray version

That’s my Rising Sun blu-ray review, if you have any thoughts on this film leave them in the comment section.

What Do You Think?
Summary: Rising Sun (1993) Blu-ray Review
Rising Sun Blu-ray Review (1993)

Movie title: Rising Sun (1993)

Duration: 126 mins

Director(s): Philip Kaufman

Actor(s): Sean Connery, Wesley Snipes, Harvey Keitel, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Kevin Anderson, Mako

Genre: Crime, Action, Drama

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A tense crime film with two outstanding actors, Rising Sun looks pretty amazing on Blu-ray.