Douglas Filming Movie in Japan

United Press International

Michael Douglas’ new movie has him traipsing the mean streets of Osaka, Japan, with one of that nation’s top actors.

Douglas, who won an Oscar this year for “Wall Street,” plays a New York detective searching for a Japanese gangster in “Black Rain.” His co-star, the rugged Ken Takakura, is a Japanese investigator helping him.

“I am very excited about the possibilities of cultural exchange — the opportunity for us both to understand each other better and for the world to understand Osaka and Japan,” Douglas told reporters in Osaka. “Movies are an international language.”

Ridley Scott, who directed “Blade Runner,” was to start filming today in Osaka, which has a tough image and long been a stronghold of the Yakuza, Japan’s version of the Mafia.