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Blood on the Sun -- 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...

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Director:
Writers:
Lester Cole (screenplay)
Nathaniel Curtis (additional scenes)
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Release Date:
20 July 1945 (Mexico) See more »
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Tagline:
To know their secret is to court Death ! See more »
Plot:
A dedicated American reporter in 1930's Japan, is determined to expose that government's plan for world domination. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. See more »
NewsDesk:
Frank Lloyd: Master Of Screen Melodrama
 (From Alt Film Guide. 5 January 2010, 10:50 PM, PST)

User Reviews:
Culturally sensitive war thriller See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Cagney ... Nick Condon

Sylvia Sidney ... Iris Hilliard
Porter Hall ... Arthur Bickett
John Emery ... Premier Giichi Tanaka
Robert Armstrong ... Col. Hideki Tojo
Wallace Ford ... Ollie Miller
Rosemary DeCamp ... Edith Miller
John Halloran ... Capt. Oshima
Leonard Strong ... Hijikata
James Bell ... Charley Sprague
Marvin Miller ... Yamada

Rhys Williams ... Joseph Cassell
Frank Puglia ... Prince Tatsugi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Ahn ... Secret Police Captain Yomamoto (uncredited)

Hugh Beaumont ... Johnny Clarke (uncredited)
Edward Biby ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Oie Chan ... Chinese Servant (uncredited)
Oy Chan ... Chinese Servant (uncredited)
Hugh Ho Chang ... Secret Police Major Kajioka (uncredited)
Gregory Gaye ... American Newspaperman Bogardis (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Joseph Kim ... Hayoshi (uncredited)
Grace Lem ... Amah (uncredited)
Arthur Loft ... American Newspaperman (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
George Paris ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... American Newspaperman Johnson (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... American Newspaperman (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Lloyd 
 
Writing credits
Lester Cole (screenplay)

Nathaniel Curtis (additional scenes)

Garrett Fort (story)

Frank Melford (idea)

Produced by
William Cagney .... producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
Theodor Sparkuhl (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Walter Hannemann 
Truman K. Wood 
 
Production Design by
Wiard Ihnen 
 
Set Decoration by
A. Roland Fields 
 
Costume Design by
Michael Woulfe 
 
Makeup Department
Josef Norin .... makeup artist
Ern Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Daniel Keefe .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harvey Dwight .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Richard DeWeese .... sound recorder
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Martien .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Paul Neal .... music mixer (uncredited)
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
George M. Arthur .... assistant to producer (as George Arthur)
Alice Barlow .... technical advisor
 
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98 min | 94 min (TCM print)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Australia:PG | Canada:PA (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating: abridged version: 92m) (2004) | UK:PG (video rating: partly re-edited) (2003) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (1989) (1998) (1999) (2002) (2004) | USA:Approved (certificate # 10705) | West Germany:12 (f)

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The DVD sleeve notes claim that this was one of the first American martial-arts movies. Though not a martial-arts movie by modern standards and definitions, judo is seen in the movie and with James Cagney performing it. Cagney insisted on doing his own stunts in the film.See more »
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Revealing mistakes: Right after Ollie Miller gets shot you see him stumbling to the ground. When he gets up, under his left elbow you can see carpet moving in what should be grass.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Arthur Bickett: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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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Culturally sensitive war thriller, 25 June 2003
Author: Jeff Chan from United States

Nicely done war thriller with Cagney as a suave but pugnacious newspaper reporter in Japan who comes into possession of secret war plans. The plans are the work of a fascist Baron Tanaka who pushes the war agenda for the right-wing militarists over the objections of those opposed to war. The characters are interesting, and while many are static yet well-played, quite a few others are nicely fleshed out and grow during the plot. Cagney, some of the newspapermen and the female spy have some plot movement to develop their characters with. Even the villains, who could easily be cardboard, are well-played and exhibit human motivation. Obviously this is not a documentary, but it's also not pure melodrama either.

Perhaps the most visually interesting areas of the film are the contrasts between beautiful, high-class modernist settings, a representation of more traditional Japanese architecture, and gritty realistically-dressed street scenes. All the more interesting that the good production and pretty sets were created in Hollywood backlots in 1945 during the war. While this is not a huge film, the production design is as good as anything from the golden age. There is a lot of eye-candy in the set design, tastefully filmed and a treat to view.

The politics and cultural sensitivities of the film are also fascinating and far more balanced and subtle than other reviewers seem to indicate here. Cagney's character is well-immersed in Japanese culture and aware of the social issues of the time. He speaks Japanese, in addition to Chinese, and is a highly-skilled Judo aficionado. The film portrays Japanese opponents of the war as well-meaning but fairly easily countered by ruthless militarists and their secret police which is likely generally accurate. Surely similar struggles played out in Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, along with Stalinist Russia, Mao's China and other 20th century totalitarian dictatorships both right and left.

This film is not anti-Japanese; it's anti-Fascist. Those who claim to be unaware of the difference would imply that Japanese are Fascists. That would be unfortunately ignorant.

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