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Nick Condon is a newspaper reporter working in Tokyo who refuses to toe the Japanese line on the expansionist policies of the anti-democratic Imperialist government. When it becomes clear to the authorities that Condon isn't going to cooperate and that he has some valuable information and contacts, they decide to get him in their clutches for some interrogations and then dispose of him. Written by
According to the DVD sleeve notes, prior to production, James Cagney trained intensively in the martial-art of judo in preparation for his role in this movie. Cagney trained under Ken Kuniyuki who was a 5th Degree Judo Master. Cagney went on to insist he perform his own stunts in this movie. He said in his memoirs: "I grew so fond of judo I used it to keep in shape until a back injury I picked up doing something else, put me on the sidelines." Moreover, another instructor for Cagney was former LAPD policeman John Halloran who plays the role of Captain Oshima in the film and can be seen in the movie's closing fight sequence. Apparently, Halloran quit the police force after FBI agents investigated him because he was an expert in judo. See more »
In an early scene, when Ollie Miller stumbles through the window at Condon's home, he falls completely inside. However as soon as Nick gets there, Miller's feet protrude out over the bottom of the panel. See more »
But gentlemen, I know nothing about this article being printed. I was out of town.
Secret Police Major Kajioka:
Then let me read what is printed here in your paper. "If Japan wants to control China we must first crush the United States just as in the past we have to fight in the Russo-Japanese war."
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Blood on the Sun is a fairly good World War II espionage thriller set in imperial Japan. There is a fair amount of intrigue and suspense and Cagney carries the picture on the strength of his patriotic conviction, charisma, and judo. His love interest is also written and performed well in the style of the film noir heroine. The villains though of the stock variety are nonetheless a welcome change from the gangsters usually seen in such pictures. Modern audience may perceive the film as being politically incorrect especially since key Japanese roles were played by American and British actors. Still the film is an entertaining and even educational experience, 7/10.
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