Black Rain, 1989
visit the film locations
Los Angeles: Flights: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Ennis-Brown House, 2607 Glendower Avenue, Los Feliz (tel: 323.660.0607)
See the Ennis-Brown House in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, Lawrence Kasdan’s Grand Canyon, John Schlesinger’s film of Nathaniel West’s Hollywood satire Day of the Locust, Karate Kid III, and Rush Hour.
Black Rain location: the underground shopping mall: Hankyu Umeda Mall, Osaka, Japan
Photograph: wikimedia / 663highland
The seething, industrial city of Osaka is a gift to the man who directed Blade Runner, as semi-sleazy NY cop Nick Conklin (Michael Douglas) tracks a Yakuza-style mobster to Japan. Scott gets much the same feeling of a polluted Oriental urban nightmare blasted by banks of neon.
Osaka is home to several enormous underground shopping malls, and the extravagant mall with pretensions to being a cathedral, where Charlie Vincent (Andy Garcia) unwisely responds to the taunting of a sinister biker, is the Hankyu Umeda Mall, at Hankyu Umeda Station.
Black Rain location: The ‘Osaka’ house of the Japanese mob boss: the Ennis-Brown House, Glendower Avenue, Silverlake, Los Angeles
The house of the mob chief isn’t a Japanese location at all, but at Los Feliz in Los Angeles. Previously visited by Ridley Scott when it was featured as Deckard’s apartment block in Blade Runner, it’s Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis-Brown House, 2607 Glendower Avenue, a concrete Mayan temple-style home on the slopes below the Griffith Park Observatory.