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There have been many book to movie conversions yet Rising Sun by Michael Crichton was one that had gone horribly wrong Rising Sun in addition to being a gripping mysterythriller functioned as a scathing attack on American apathy to Japanese economic aggression In fact in his afterward to the novel Crichton says The Japanese are not our saviors They are our competitors We should not forget it Statements like these earned Rising Sun the dubious distinction of being a Japan-bashing novel The movie version of this book tried to stay away from that type of publicity With it came a horrible adaptation of a wonderful bookFirst some background information In an empty conference room on the forty-sixth floor of Los Angeles Nakatomo Tower the dead body of a beautiful young call girl has been found sprawled out on a table When Lieutenant Tom Graham Harvey Keitel the racist cop in charge has trouble obtaining the full cooperation of the Nakatomo execs Special Services liaison Lieutenant Web Smith Wesley Snipes who was renamed from Peter Smith in the book is summoned for help Along the way Smith receives a call on the car phone telling him to pick up Captain John Connor Sean Connery a man known to be well-versed in Japanese traditions and in the opinion of some a Japanese sympathizer Nothing about this investigation is straightforward but as more is revealed about the details of the case Connor and Smith find themselves in the warzone of a business battle in which life is a commodity easily lost That is where the similarities between the book and movie stopAlthough Crichtons book contained mass amounts of Japanese bashing sentiments much of the anti-Japanese sentiment has been toned down Great pains are taken to present as many positives as negatives in the Japanese way of life and there are as many sleazy Americans as there are Japanese in the movie Crude Asian stereotypes and caricatures are avoided
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