Black Rain, 1989


Ridley Scott


visit the film locations

Los Angeles: Flights: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Ennis-Brown House, 2607 Glendower Avenue, Los Feliz (tel: 323.660.0607)

Visit: Japan

Visit: Osaka


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 film location: Hankyu Umeda Mall, Osaka, Japan

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 film location, Ennis Brown House, Los Feliz, Los Angeles

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.

It’s been a screen favourite since schlockmeister William Castle used it as The House On Haunted Hill back in 1958.

The climactic motorbike chase sequence also filmed back in California, when the money for Japanese filming ran out. It was shot in the Napa Valley region of Northern California.


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