A young woman was attending a cocktail party at a corporate function. She was wanting sex and she liked it rough. This time it was too rough and she died. How she died is the question. You see this function was more than a get together it was politics at it's best.
Japanese firm wants to do some big business in the United Sates. It is trying to get everybody on board. From Senators to other corporations, they needed everybody on the same page and if that meant blackmail, then so be it.
The police are called and Lt. Webster Smith (Wesley Snipes), Lt. Tom Graham (Harvey Keitel), and Capt. John Conner (Sean Connery) are all asked to be present. Problem is who is actually in charge? Graham seems to think he is and thinks he has everything under control. Problem is you are dealing with the Japanese and there is protocol that must be followed. Graham at first and yes Smith also think that this is simply a crime of passion and the Japanese want to pawn this off as such.
Connor who is more Japanese than American in his thinking knows it is not and steps in and takes over. He dictates to the lower echelon of the Japanese management structure but he knows that there are higher up's who are pulling the strings.
It is when he calls for the video tapes of the floor where the crime took place that we start to see just how corrupt this all is. At first everybody thinks that it is Eddie Sakamura (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) nephew to the man in charge of the company by name of Yoshida-San (Mako).When we see that the video was tampered with and we get a second person who might have been the killer and that is Senator John Morton (Ray Wise) everything shifts in that direction. It is Jingo Asakuma (Tia Carrere) who is the genius behind the film and when she is able to finally come to the face of the killer that our film heads off into another direction.
One must understand with this movie you actually see how things work in a Japanese corporation. There are many subordinates but there is truly only one head of the corporation.
Everything in this movie involves the merger of an American company and a Japanese one. That is the common thread.
Director Phillip Kaufman blends our two worlds together very nicely. Japan and the United States are very much different in thought and practice and he brings the two together. You could almost say you get a sociology lesson within this movie. It is enjoyable to watch and the twists and curves make it one where you actually have to think about what you are watching. Enjoy.