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I Come with the Rain

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Directed by Tran Anh Hung
Produced by Fernando Sulichin
Jean Cazès
Jean-Pierre Marois
Written by Tran Anh Hung
Starring Josh Hartnett
Elias Koteas
Lee Byung-hun
Takuya Kimura
Shawn Yue
Trần Nữ Yên Khê
Music by Gustavo Santaolalla
Cinematography Juan Ruiz Anchía
Editing by Mario Battistel
Studio Central Films
Distributed by France
TFM Distribution
GAGA Communications
South Korea
CJ Entertainment
California Filmes
Top Film Distribution
Release date(s) Japan
June 6, 2009
South Korea
October 15, 2009
November 17, 2009
December 4, 2009
Czech Republic
March 29, 2010
April 7, 2010
August 5, 2010 [1]
Running time 114 minutes
Country France
Language English
Budget $18 million USD

I Come with the Rain is a 2009 neo-noir atmospheric thriller written and directed by Vietnamese-born French director Tran Anh Hung, starring American actor Josh Hartnett.

After making three movies about Vietnam (The Scent of Green Papaya, Cyclo, The Vertical Ray of the Sun), Tran Anh Hung intended to make a baroque action film, a passionate thriller, both intense and poetic, haunted by three characters from the mythology of film and the Western world: the serial killer, the private investigator, and the Christ figure.

The music is written by Academy Award Winner Gustavo Santaolalla and the English alternative rock band Radiohead.

The action takes place in Los Angeles, Mindanao (Philippines) and Hong Kong and allows the meeting of Western and Asian actors.[2]



Two years after killing Hasford a serial murderer in the line of duty, Kline now works as a private detective, but he is still haunted by the ghosts of his past. A powerful pharmaceutical conglomerate boss hires Kline to find one of his sons Shitao who has mysteriously disappeared in the Philippines where he had been helping in an orphanage.

Kline follows the trail left by the ethereal Shitao to the jungles of Mindanao, and then to the urban jungle of Hong Kong, where he enlists the help of Meng Zi, an old police officer friend. The search leads Kline to cross paths with local organized crime syndicate boss Su Dongpo, who is making trouble for the underworld, triggered by an overriding passion for his drug-addicted girlfriend Lili.

Caught in the crossfire between the Hong Kong police and Su Dongpo's mafia drug ring which is also hunting for Shitao, Kline found himself alone, in this unknown city, when Meng Zi is victim of an assassination attempt and hospitalised.

Leaving behind his 5-stars hotel for a shabby murder scene apartment in order to get inside the mind of Shitao, Kline gradually loses himself in the terrifying memories of Hasford, whose speciality was dissecting his victims' limbs while they were still alive, then reassembling them into installation sculptures.

After a few weeks immersed in his haunted memories, torn between good and evil, Kline is about to leave Hong Kong when he finds Shitao, who has become a mysterious vagrant with healing powers.[3][4]

Main Cast and Characters

Festival Screenings

Festival Section Screening Dates Awards / Nominations
14th Pusan International Film Festival Gala Presentation [5] October 9, 2009
October 13, 2009
October 15, 2009
15th Lund International Fantastic Film Festival International Competition [6] September 19, 2009 Nominated - The Siren (Best Film) [7]
6th Fresh Film Fest International Film Festival Contemporary World Cinematography August 13, 2009
August 15, 2009


  1. ^ Official Site (Japan) for Japan release date, iMDb for others
  2. ^ Director's notes, TF1 International
  3. ^ Synopsis, Central Films
  4. ^ "Blood is the new black". The Japan Online (Kaori Shoji). June 5, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  5. ^ Official Selection List Gala Presentation, PIFF Archive 14th (2009)
  6. ^ International Competition 2009 , Fantastisk Film Festival Lund 23 September - 2 Oktober 2010
  7. ^ What happens at Lund International Fantastic Film Festival 2010?, Fantastisk Film Festival Lund 23 September - 2 Oktober 2010

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