Rising Sun

<b>“Rising Sun” (1993) Novel, Screenplay</b><br>
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“Rising Sun” replaced marauding dinosaurs with marauding Japanese capitalists intent on taking over vital American businesses. Critics cried “Japan-bashing.” Fox, one of the studios not owned by the Japanese at the time, bought the rights. Crichton and screenwriting partner Michael Backes wrote a version of the script, but eventually bailed out, displeased with director <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002711" title="Philip Kaufman" href="/topic/entertainment/philip-kaufman-PECLB002711.topic">Philip Kaufman</a>’s vision. The resulting film, a fairly limp thriller starring <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001104" title="Sean Connery" href="/topic/entertainment/sean-connery-PECLB001104.topic">Sean Connery</a> and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB004226" title="Wesley Snipes" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/wesley-snipes-PECLB004226.topic">Wesley Snipes</a>, was considerably toned down, but not enough for such critics as the New York Times' Vincent Canby, who noted, “It still offends.”
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“Rising Sun” (1993) Novel, Screenplay

“Rising Sun” replaced marauding dinosaurs with marauding Japanese capitalists intent on taking over vital American businesses. Critics cried “Japan-bashing.” Fox, one of the studios not owned by the Japanese at the time, bought the rights. Crichton and screenwriting partner Michael Backes wrote a version of the script, but eventually bailed out, displeased with director Philip Kaufman’s vision. The resulting film, a fairly limp thriller starring Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes, was considerably toned down, but not enough for such critics as the New York Times' Vincent Canby, who noted, “It still offends.”

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