Black Rain | 1989
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, was the old Hankyu Umeda Mall, at Hankyu Umeda Station. Opened in 1929, chandeliers hung from the ceiling of the station concourse and the arcade featured stained glass. In the mid-2000s, it was demolished and repplaced with an anonymously bland shopping centre.
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 House, 2607 Glendower Avenue, a concrete Mayan temple-style home on the slopes below the Griffith Park Observatory.