Irreverent, brainy, stylish and filled undercurrents of clashes from police, cultural, corporate, political, technology. This movie, like Crichton's book is a great suspense story that lets us into a world of cut-throat corporations jockeying for control of tech and narrative. I enjoyed the detective cat and mouse game, along with the variations from the book.
I don't get folks who claim there were "stereotypes" here. The movie, like it's book source material, offers a spectrum of filled in Japanese characters of various, assimilated to insoluble, honorable to gray to less reputable types that parallel their American counterparts, who also equally come with their skeletons in the closet. Like Crichton's book, the crime and it's investigation are almost just the background to these high stakes business clashes that suck in all who come near them to pick sides.
Snipes does well as a detective/liason trying to assist in a murder investigation, while frustrated with restricting ettiquette imposed on him and having the tables turned on him as he learns more. Connery is great as a wise well schooled in the world, somewhat bitter and hypocritical at times "Senior Man" guiding his junior police partner. But for me, it was Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa who stole the movie as the irreverent, epicurean, Americanized, politically savvy Eddie Sakamura. He's first presented as a partying, fast cars, fast women loving scion at the start, but that's just a facade. As the maneuvering by players continues, there's more to him and his playing hardball against a rival Japanese corporation for his fathers's interest. I found myself rooting for the guy, even with some of his morally questionable decisions.
This is a rich, re-watchable movie. I was swept up by it's brisk pace the first time. There's always something going on, some person or group trying to play an angle. On re-watch, I was able to enjoy piecing together all the different players maneuvering against one another. Very enjoyable.